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Hi I'm Joe

I grew up in Orland, a small town of about 5,000 in northern California. I have worked in education for 11 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family has always been a driving force for me. Even while I was serving a mission in Panama, I would often consider life after the mission and who I would marry. It was a bit frustrating to come home and pursue that goal, only to not find the right girl until I was 25! I have now been married to that wonderful woman for over 10 years, and we have 3 kids together. I have always been active in sports...everything from fishing to wrestling to softball, which I currently play two nights a week. I enjoy doing these types of activities, but especially enjoy doing them with my kids. My son loves baseball, so I take the time each spring to coach his team. My youngest daughter enjoys soccer and although I don't coach it, I get to as many of her practices and games as I can. My oldest daughter is a bit of an anomaly for me...she just hasn't enjoyed any team sports. Her interests lie in areas far outside of my expertise- art and horses. I encourage her to pursue these passions as much as she wants and as far as our finances allow. LOL All in all, life is good and I can look back and see how God has helped me get to this point.

Why I am a Mormon

In my lifetime, I have seen the blessings that come from living the gospel. As my wife and I strive to be obedient to the commandments, attend church and hold Family Nights each week, we have been greatly blessed. We have three intelligent children who try and test our patience but also bring us the greatest joy. We have been financially blessed and been able to remain a single income family, allowing my wife to stay at home with the children. I am not saying life is always wonderful, but the highs and lows don't get as extreme as they are for many of my friends. And even for those living the gospel, when those troubled waters come, they have a testimony of Jesus Christ and a support system in church members that helps them get through the storms. I guess all that doesn't answer the question of WHY I am a Mormon, though. Born in the church, I am accustomed to hearing people say "But that is how you were raised so of course you are a Mormon". That statement probably isn't too far off from the truth while I was a child and youth. My parents and the church organization taught me many things about how to live my life. I was exposed to Primary songs that taught me about Jesus, scriptures that testified of the doctrines of Christ and surrounded by people who held the same beliefs that I was being taught. But, at some point, I gained a testimony of the truthfulness of it all for myself. During my mission, this testimony solidified itself until I felt a strong conviction of what I was teaching the people of Panama. I love my Savior and am thankful each day that I am a member of his kingdom here on Earth.

How I live my faith

I am actively involved in our local community. I play softball two nights a week. I am an umpire for the local Little League as well as coach for my son's team. I currently am an assistant principal in one of the best K-8 schools in the entire area- Vanguard Preparatory. Along with all of this, I still find time to be a father and husband and serve the members of the church as a counselor to our ward's bishop. This means I conduct meetings of worship on Sunday and administer to the Primary organization (where the young children attend) and Sunday School classes (which youth and adults attend).