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Hi I'm Joe

I grew up in Connecticut. I have circled the globe - backpacked SE Asia & Eurailed through Europe. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 6 children. I am the proud dad of 3 awesome kids and the husband to a talented and beautiful wife. I attended BYU, graduated with degrees in Chinese, Asian Studies and Business. I served a mission to Taiwan in the late 1980s. Doing business with China allows me to travel back somewhat frequently. I speak fluent Mandarin Chinese, although not as well as I used to. I collect glass coke bottles - kind of funny since I don't really drink it. I enjoy traveling with my family. We especially enjoy going on cruises when time and money allow. We also love camping when we can fit it in around all the other kids' activities.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunately born and raised in a Mormon family. My mother joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints just a few years before I was born. The rest of my 4 siblings and my father were all active members of the church. I never really questioned my belief until I was older and about to serve a mission in Taiwan. I then dug deep and spent some intense time examining my own faith. I gained my own solid testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I grew closer to my Father in Heaven and came to know for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's church. As I sought out God in prayer, I had a tremendous feeling of peace and comfort and just knew it was all true. It made complete sense. To me, it was logical. I am a disciple of Christ and I belong to his church. This knowledge has helped me through many tough times. Life is not always easy, but I can honestly say that true happiness comes from our relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ and with our Heavenly Father. I may have been born a Mormon, but it has been my continued choice to follow Christ and be part of His church that keeps me a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon encompasses lots of community and church service. I have spent most of my adulthood working with the youth - either in Boy Scouts or some other capacity - but now work with the "bigger boys", the men in our congregation. I enjoy sharing what I have learned over the years with others and also learning much from them in return. One of the greatest things about our Faith is our "home teaching" program. Each family and/or member of our congregation is assigned two home teachers - two priesthood holders that are responsible for visiting the family, sharing a gospel message and making sure the family's needs are met. This is like a wonderful "no family left behind" program that addresses spiritual needs as well as temporal needs. We not only get a couple of guardian angels, but we also get to play the guardian angel role for others. Being a disciple of Christ also carries many responsibilities in all aspects of life, even in my profession. Treating everyone with proper respect, being honest in all my doings, etc. may not always be mainstream in the world's eyes, but is a responsibility that I take seriously. It is not just a Sunday-thing, but an every day, every minute thing. It is not always easy and I am certainly not perfect, but in the end I give it my best and that is what counts.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Joe
Most definitely. And what a blessing and relief it is to know that God still speaks to us through prophets. We don't have to guess at what He really means. We don't have to guess at what world events really mean. We can receive the word of God through our own personal revelation and through His prophets so we don't have confusion, but organization. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Joe
No, however all worthy young males are encouraged to serve a mission when they turn 19 or shortly thereafter. I felt it a special honor and privilege to serve my Lord for two years of completely dedicated service. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Joe
The Mormon church is one of the most organized entities around. Mormons don't shop for a congregation, but attend regular church based on their physical address. These congregations are called "wards", or "branches" if they are smaller. A "stake" is then a group of wards and/or branches, similar to the relationship between cities/towns and counties. This organization helps us take care of each other in a wonderful manner. Show more Show less