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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a Mormon. I am a university professor, a retired army officer and we have 4 childen and currently 13 grandchildren.

About Me

I was raised as a cowboy on a cattle ranch in Idaho, but since I was seven, I wanted to be a soldier. That dream was happily reached when I served in the army for 20 years, which included being in the infantry and military police. After retiring from the military, I went into teaching at a univeristy and have taught now for over 18 years. My wife and I have 4 children and 13 grandchildren. My hobbies have included pistol shooting, riding motorcycles, scuba diving, ceramics, ham radios, and emergency preparedness activities. Currently, I enjoy Civil War and Mormon Pioneer reenacting. Through most of my youth and adult life, I have been involved with Boy Scouts. For the past 8 years, I have been the Venture Crew advisor for our community's civil war reenactors which has kept me quite busy. I really enjoy history and visiting old battlefields.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon faith. In fact, LDS missionaries taught the gospel to my ancestors back in the 1800s, and they immigrated to the United States and were with the Mormon pioneers who crossed the plains in wagons to Salt Lake City, Utah. However, growing up my mother and I were active in the church, but my dad was not. When I went to college, I started to read the Book of Mormon and decided to pray to see if it was really true. After kneeling down to pray, an audible voice came into my mind and told me that the Book of Mormon was true and that I could never deny knowing it was true, but it was up to me to decide what I would do with that information. From that day until today, I have never doubted the truth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have always been an active participant in it. Over the years, I have learned that few members get their testimonies by hearing words in their minds, but I was blessed to be one of them. Through my life, I have observed many blessings, miracles, and tender mercies given to me and my family by the Lord. There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus is the Christ and the son of God and that this is His true church restored to the earth. This knowledge has brought me great peace, comfort, and happiness.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have tried to live the teachings of the church on a daily basis. It hasn't always been easy. Sometimes the military environment or even the commotion of raising a family has tested our patience. I am thankful for the principle of repentence and starting over. I was taught high standards and ethics by my parents, which were reinforced by the church, the military, and through the study of law; and now, I try and pass these standards on to the college students whom I teach. As a youth I was heavily involved in scouting and have continued that through my adult life. In addition to working with our community BSA Venture Crew, I have usually been involved with our church BSA troop and have served in different capacities to include Scoutmaster. I think it is important to work with the youth and to give back to my community. I believe in helping youth also gain an appreciation of the history of our country. I have been able to do this by portraying historical people through first person impressions. I have gone into schools and community groups as George Washington, a revolutionary war soldier, General US Grant, US or CSA soldiers, a Mexican war soldier, a Mormon Battalion soldier, Brigham Young, an Indian wars soldier, and as Major Frank North - Leader of the Pawnee Scouts.