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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am 52. I am a husband and father. I work in Juvenile Rehabilitation. This involves work with youth that have done crimes and are locked up. I do case-managment, one on one sessions, treatment groups, lead exercise and recreation activities, monitor safety of youth and staff, and role model appropriate behavior. I have a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I like to jog, walk, hike, exercise, do activities with my family, and to observe nature. In high school I was a gymnast. Family is really my main focus at this stage of my life. I have 4 children. 2 are now in college.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that were already members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,. Yet there came a time in my life when I needed to know for myself if this gospel was true. As a child I believed what I was taught at home and at Church. Living gospel made my life safe, happy, and blessed. As a teen-ager I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon and pray to find out if it was true. I didn't do it when people challenged me to, I didn't like to be controlled, but I had the desire to know for myself. I had faith that the Book of Mormon was true, but how could I say that if I had never even read the whole thing, nor asked God if it was really true? At age 15 I decided to read the Book of Mormon because I wanted to know if it was true, not because someone else challenged me to. This was my idea, and my initiative. I remember sitting in my reading corner in my basement bedroom. Each time before I read I prayed to my Heavenly Father that I would be able to discern truth while reading. As I read, ideas, history, my feelings, my experiences, and my identity came together in a way that I cannot describe. I had many "ah ha" moments when I felt my eyes were opened and I saw and learned and felt things I had never seen or felt before. I shared feelings with the people in the stories in the Book of Mormon. God answered my prayers and let me know that the Book of Mormon was real, written by prophets of God, and had messages from God to me and to us.

How I live my faith

To me living my faith means learning what is real and true, and then living the truth that I know. I live in the United States where entertainment and pleasure seeking seems to be the god many people worship. I am constantly having to make choices to do what is right in a situation, instead of just what brings me pleasure. I feel that I spend more time doing things with and for my family, my wife, my parents, my children, my community, and my church family than most people. I attend church weekly. Each person at church has the opportunity to serve others. At church, my current responsibility is to help others prepare for emergencies by storing their own cans of dry food such as grains. Another way I live my faith is by having weekly "Family Home Evenings". This involves having a prayer, a lesson, and/or an activity, and a treat. 27 years of this kind of talking, sharing, praying, and having activities together has been a great use of our time in my eyes. It gave us great regularly scheduled times to talk openly with, listen to, and teach our children. Part of being a Mormon is following the revelations regarding our bodies and our health. I am 52, and have never tried a cigarette, Illegal drugs, nor had an alcoholic drink. I exercise regularly. I don't eat much meat. By following this truth, I feel my health is unusually good. I have accrued 5 months of sick leave at my work. I believe these are blessings God has given me for making choices to treat my body as a temple.