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Hi I'm Joe

I grew up in Alabama. I am a father, a motorcycle rider and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a dad. My wife and I have a two girls and they are such a joy! I grew up in small Alabama city of about 10,000 people. I played soccer and swam on the swim team. Our soccer team won the state tournament my last year playing. I spent most summers swimming with my brothers and friends. I love to be outside. I was an active boy Scout and was an Eagle Scout. I like to go camping, hiking, caving, and fishing. None of which I seem to find the time to do lately. My grandparents always had a big garden and I helped them work the ground. I've shucked corn, shelled peas, hoed rows, canned tomatoes, picked peaches, gotten my arm all itchy from okra and squash, and pulled peanuts and potatoes out of the ground. I like to work on things. I do my own oil changes and car repair. I try to be a positive person. I like to help others. If someone's car is broken down I try to help or give them a ride. I like to share what I've learned with somebody else. I have a old motorcycle that I like to ride. The longest trip I have taken on it to date is a 1250 mile trip a couple of years ago for a family reunion. I love to eat just about anything. Especially Thai food. I've lived in Louisiana, Kentucky, Florida, and Thailand. I lived in Thailand for two years as a missionary, and it blessed my life for the better.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it brings happiness and peace into my life. I remember gaining an assurance that this was Christ's church restored again to the earth when I was a teenager. I remember couple of my older brother's friends were killed in car accidents a few days apart. The town and high school were devastated. I started to wonder what would happen to me when I died. Would I be buried and that would be all to my existence, or would I be floating out in space? I didn't know but I needed to find out. It seemed to consume most of my thoughts over the next week or so. I prayed and prayed to God to let me know what would happen to me when I died. I would kneel down beside my bed and pray and wait for a answer. Finally, after more than a week. I received an answer to my prayer. I know that when I die I'll return to live with God. As I live God's commandments I feel of his love and that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've been blessed to be able to help out in natural disaster cleanup and relief efforts. I went down to Southern Thailand when I was a missionary in Thailand to help out at a tent city after the tsunami in 2004. I helped load several trucks full of supplies and helped distribute kitchen goods to those in need. The tornadoes that hit Alabama in April was another opportunity to help those in my community. My home was untouched but those a couple of miles away lost everything. Some lost their homes others lost loved ones. I spent the next weekends of May cutting up trees and removing debris and lending a hand to those who lost so much. I serve as a volunteer (as do all church teachers and clergy members) in the church as a young men leader for our local congregation. I help coordinate the efforts of the young men and scouts and I teach on Sundays a class for those young men who attend our congregation. I love to see people's lives being changed by God.