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Hi I'm Joel

I grew up in the Denver, CO area. I'm a father, a builder, an outdoorsman, an engaged citizen, a Mormon.

About Me

I moved to Colorado when I was still young and have been here ever since. As a boy I fell in love with the majesty of Colorado's wilderness areas. We spent time hiking, climbing, camping, fishing, hunting, 4-wheeling, skiing, and more, and those are all activities that I have the opportunity to share with my own children now. When I'm not building, you can bet that I'm hanging with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith became important to me after we had our first child. Questions about how to raise a responsible young man intertwined with some of my own unanswered questions about where I came from, and how my choices in this life could affect me in the afterlife, if there was one. I shocked my wife one day by telling her I thought we should find a church. She shocked me right back by readily agreeing! After studying the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, I took the challenge to read the Book of Mormon. What I found was doctrine that dove-tailed with the Bible, and principles that helped me feel closer to God. After much thought, and personal reflection, I humbled myself enough to pray about the things I had been reading. My effort was rewarded with a personal witness that the Book of Mormon was true, and that Christ's church had been restored to the earth. My wife had similar experiences that led us to full-time membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The difference this has made in our lives, and in the lives of our young family is immeasurable. We pray together, study the scriptures together, speak openly about gospel doctrine and principles of salvation. We know where we come from, understand the ordinances we need for salvation, and where we are going after this life. Our church association not only brings us closer to God, it also fulfills us socially. We interact with outstanding people who have common beliefs, and who also share interests and hobbies outside of church too. We know we have others who we can rely on to help us in our times of need, and to be there for us as we raise our family. I'm proud to be a Mormon, for this and many other reasons.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things about my faith is that we help each other spiritually and temporally. We have a designated pair of "home teachers" who visit us at least monthly with kind words and a spiritual message. We know that we can call on our home teachers to be there for us if we have a problem, or if we are otherwise in need. In kind, I am a home teacher to several families in our congregation. Its a privilege to share a message with them on a monthly basis and to be ready to help them if the occasion requires. I also have an assignment to help out with the youth program in our congregation. I get to meet with the young men ages 12-18 on Sundays as well as at least once per week. Part of the responsibility is to teach gospel lessons, but we also camp, hike, play roller-hockey, find opportunities to serve in our community, try to inspire other young men, and otherwise find other ways to have fun in a productive and wholesome manner. I don't necessarily think of myself as a mentor, but I'm here for the youth to give them advice or encouragement in case they turn to me with a problem or question.