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Hi I'm Joe Wright

I grew up in Southern California. I have 3 beautiful kids. I love to water ski, play soccer and tennis, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Above all, I love my family; I have 3 small children and a beautiful wife. I love spending time with them and come home early from work whenever I can to spend some time with them. I met my wife on a blind date and then we dated for a little over a year and were married 3-4 months after that. I got pretty lucky when I married my wife, she's one of the most giving and selfless people that I know. I'm also new to this "dad" thing, so its been both fun and very challenging trying to learn it all. One of my favorite parts of the day is when I come home from work and my kids run up and hug my legs and yell, "Daddy's home, Daddy's home!"; I feel like all the daily stresses of work just fade into the background. Other stuff I love to do includes waterskiing, playing soccer, playing tennis, and playing just about anything that is a sport. For better or for worse, I'm extremely competitive and can turn just about anything into a competition. I play the guitar, but like so many other things in my life, I don't get that much time to play as I would like (infact, I don't really get hardly anytime at all). It fun for me to get out and doing things with my family, but I find that with 3 little kids, I'm pretty worn out all of the time.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm one of 7 children that all grew up very active in the church. Both of my parents grew up in the church as did their parents. I guess one may assume that the reason I'm Mormon is because of my family, but that's not true. I've always been a very independent person and have always had a need to figure things out on my own, which can be both good and bad. It wasn't until college that I really challenged my beliefs and really started to look for answers. When I was a freshmen in college I went snow skiing with one of my best friends, she got into an accident and hit a tree and died from. After I made it through the initial shock of what had happened, I began to ask hard questions like what was the purpose of this life, and what happens after we die. My whole life I had been taught the answers to these questions by my parents and in Sunday School, but now those questions took on a whole new meaning. On one particularly difficult night, I remember laying in my bed crying. I didn't feel like I had anyone to turn to since I was away at college. The only thing I could think to do was to get on my knees and pray. I don't remember any of the words of my prayer, but I do remember asking Heavenly Father to help me understand why this had happened. I remember asking if all of the things I had been taught were true, if I could trust in the answers I had inside of me. It was at that moment that I felt something that I don't know how to describe. I felt an over-whelming sense of peace and comfort. It started from the outside of my body and worked its way inward, like someone wrapping me up in a heated blanket on a cold night. It felt like He had come down and wrapped His arms around me for just a moment, just long enough to tell me exactly what I needed to hear, to tell me that I already knew the answers to the questions I was asking. It was then that I knew that everything I had been taught was true, and that it was real, it was really real.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending my church services every Sunday. I also work with Young Men in our Ward (12-18 year olds), which has been so much fun and so spiritually uplifting. Working with the Young Men includes helping them complete the church sponsored faith program (called Duty To God), helping them achieve their Eagle ranking in Boy Scouts of America, teaching Sunday school lessons on Sunday and doing weekly actives with them on Wednesday night. As I mentioned, my wife and I have 3 children, and we've done our best at trying to make daily family scripture study and prayer a part of our everyday lives. At this point, if we get up in the morning and don't immediately get the scriptures out, the kids will go and get our scriptures for us. In our home, we have family prayer in the morning and at night and then we pray before every meal. Its been very rewarding to watch our children say their own prayers (as short and as disjointed as they can be). My wife and I have also decided that we will do our best to be available for service projects. Its not always that easy with 3 kids, but we do our best.