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Hi I'm Joe

I am a Texan living in Arizona. I work as a landscape architect and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived between Texas and Utah most of my life. I went to school in Landscape Architecture at Utah State University. I met my wife at school and we both graduated in the landscape architecture program. We eventually got married and now have 5 great children. I currently work for the City of Phoenix as a Landscape Architect and design/remodel parks throughout the city. My children are very active in football and soccer. I help coach two of the teams and enjoy running and learning about soccer with them. It has become a relationship bonding experience for me and my children and it has really benefited me in many ways. We currently live in the City of Chandler. We LOVE the Arizona winters and tolerate the summers. It is not always easy! Especially when it gets over 115. All our kids are in school and active in the community. Arizona just feels like home so I guess we will be here awhile.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was a part member family. My mother was a member, but not very active in the church. My father grew up Catholic and later on joined the church. He wasn't very active for most of my life, although they would make my sister, myself, and my younger brother go to church. I guess the experiences that I had through friends families and a desire to learn more, helped me gain a testimony of the gospel. The things I learned through attending church, reading the scriptures, and eventually serving a mission for the church in Caracas Venezuela has strengthened my testimony. Each day I feel my Father in Heavens presence in my life and know that he has something planned for me and my family. I strive to be better each day and know that my Father in Heaven is mindful of me, loves me, and will help me through difficult times in my life. One of the most difficult times in my life was when my daughter was born with gastoschisis. It is a rare instestinal defect. I remember feeling like I was responsible and that we must be being punished for some reason. It took a lot of prayer and faith to understand that bad things happen to everybody and she was blessed to be born to a very loving and supportive family. It has been 11 years now and she is doing great and I know that without that trial in my life I would not be the person that I am today.

How I live my faith

I think service has been the most beneficial thing in my life. As I serve others, I often feel great joy in helping others accomplish things that they may not necessarily be able to accomplish on their own. A calm comes over me and my personal worries go away. I try to be the best example that I can for my kids and others around me. I am very far from perfect, but I try real hard. As I do, I believe that my Father in Heaven recognizes my effort and blesses me each day. I guess I live my faith day by day. Each day offers different challenges and I tackle them one at a time. Life can be difficult, but as I rely on my faith to overcome life's difficulties I grow stronger.