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Hi I'm Joe Spransy

I'm a Mormon. I was raised in Wisconsin and converted when I was 17. My wife and children are also members of the church.

About Me

I am the oldest of four children. In my youth, I built models, played the drums and swam on the high school swim team. In 1967, my family traveled through Salt Lake City and we visited Temple Square. My sister and I signed the register and three months later we were visited by the Elders. We learned of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My mother, brother, two sisters and myself were baptised. One year later, my father who was deceased, was baptised by proxy in the Salt Lake Temple. Later, I served a mission in the British South MIssion and later went to college at BYU where I met my wife Patricia. We were married had two children and then I went to Law School. I practiced Law in Salt Lake City for a few years and change my line of work to the Aerospace Industry to better provide for my family. My service in the church has allowed me to be a leader in scouting, teach seminiary and other church classes, be a missionary at home and work in the temple. I currently work for the company that launches the US nations satellites - my role is to help my colleagues export technical data correctly. Also, I serve as the ward clerk for my home ward and work in the Denver Temple. The church has taught me how to maintain a family for eternity. So far, my wife and I, my siblings and their spouces, and my children and their spouces all remain married to their first choice.

Why I am a Mormon

The eighth Article of Faith of the church reads, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God". I learned through prayer that the Book of Mormon is the word of God - and it has only been translated once into English. The Bible has been translated many times but still contains the word of God. I find the intersect between these two great books helps me triangulate on what is true - the same today, yesterday and forever. It is this truth confirmed in my mind and my heart that helps me resist things which do not fit this pattern. The word of God has been compared to a rod of iron. It is this life-line (the rod of iron) that allows me to search out the best books to research new topics while holding on to the true principles that have served in providing me a fruitful and happy life. It is this bed-rock of principles and depth of doctrine that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

While raising my children I involved myself in their lives. I was my son's baseball coach and scout leader, I taught my daughter how to catch I baseball over her shoulder and attended most of her basketball games to a second place in the CIF sectionals of Calfornia. Our home was the place for my children's friends to hang out. Also, I was a Ward Mission Leader in Calfornia and Colorado. My wife served her mission in Quebec, Canada. My son an Eagle Scout, served his mission in Minnesota-Spanish speaking, and my daughter a YW award recipient served her mission to Bangkok, Thailand. We have had Elders live in our home and we continue to help the missionaries where we can. My work in the ward as a Ward Clerk has provided me an insight into numbers and statistics (while it is easy to get blinded by the details) - each number represents a person, a son or daughter of God whom God loves. This thought sobers my mind preventing God's service as a clerk from becoming routine. My work in the temple has helped me better understand that temple service is the Lord's work. Often I find a shortage of resources to accomplish known tasks. Believeing and knowing that temple service is the Lord's work I am constantly reassured as the Lord always provides the missing resources to accomplish his work his way.