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Hi I'm Jose'

I am a father, a grandpa, electronics assembly tech, a proud Ex Marine and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in the Buffalo area. My only knowledge of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was of my father would listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir every sunday.I come from a big family, we had a big house and a big yard. That may sound great until you have to clean the big house, cut the grass in the big yard(with a push mower) and be on time for dinner or your siblings ate your share of the food. Looking back now I wouldn't change a thing.I graduated High School and went directly into the USMC. I always knew I was going to be a Marine. I wanted to see the world and I saw a lot of it. In my squadron we called our detachments "appreciate America tours". After my tour I went to college and got my Associates Degree in Electronics Eng Tech. Again , I always knew I would work in electronics - it would provide me a stable job. I've now worked in Automated Electronics Assembly for over 25 years. I got married and had 3 girls. I joined the LDS church when I was 32. I didn't feel confident enough to be the one to teach my kids about God. I hadn't been active in the Catholic church( lets not even get into the problem with pedophile priests) since I left home at 18. I took the missionary lessons and felt this was the true church here on earth and I decided to be baptised into the church. A church led by profits and Apostles and Good men. It's been 18 years now and it has been a blessing to me and my kids. Oh one last thing - I love golf! and I quit smoking!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised Catholic but I had issues sometimes with my parents beliefs. We changed churches when I was 10 or 12 because the priest in our new church was more charismatic. That same priest who I never liked is currently doing jail time for his evil deeds if their is any justice in the world. So I left the church and went my own way until I had a child to raise .I checked out the local Catholic churches but had the same issues with priests that were strange. So I was looking!! Thats when a pair of missionaries knocked on my door. They gave me a lesson and a Book of Mormon and asked me to raed parts of it. I did. And I kept my appts. with them and was taught. The thing that got me was for the most part there was nothing they taught that was that different then what I remembered of my old church. Baptism was different and it actually made sense. ?? Why baptise a baby who is a week old who is not in need of Gods forgivness for anything. We baptise at 8 years old. At that age the kids have been taught about God and his Son Jesus Christ and they know right from wrong at that age. But what converted me was the Joseph Smith Story. How God and his son Jesus Christ appeared to a 14 year old boy who just wanted to know which of the churches in his area was the right one to join. There was a lot of family pressure on him but he sought God for an answer like the Book of James told him to. After that vision, Joseph thought it was true and so did I. And I decided to join the church and be baptised.

How I live my faith

This church isn't a Sunday only gig. We don't attend church and then run off to a football game or go shopping or golfing. This shouldn't be news to any Christians but since the days of Moses and the 10 commandments, the Sabath day is a day of rest. We spend it as a family, Visit family and those who are in need of a little pick me up. We are charged to watch over the flocks in our Wards. We don't do laundry or buy gas for the cars. We prepare simpler meals so Mom doesn't have to be the only one working on Sundays. I'm assigned 5-6 families to Home Teach. Each month I visit them to see how they are and if there are any needs they have that I or the Church could help with. The head of my Ward is called a Bishop. He has to watch over 400 families. As an active member I do my part to help him. We are all Lay Ministers in this church. None of us are paid. You watch over Family First, Then Ward Members , then those who are not of our faith who live within our Ward boundries. Lastly, Our beliefs are solid. They don't change with the times. God is the same yesterday, today and for ever. We don't bend to the promptings that society says this is OK now and that is OK now.