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Hi I'm Joe

I live in the US. I'm a husband, a father, a grandfather, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my wife for over 37 years. I love fishing, golfing, video games (yes, even us “old timers” can play video games!) and traveling, but my greatest joy comes from being with my family. I grew up in the northeast US and have spent the last 25 years in Arizona. Though I love the sunshine, I can honestly say I miss the 4 seasons (especially those magnificent autumn colors in New England). I have seen most of the US (I travel a lot with my work), have experienced some wonderful vacations in all parts of the country, and have recently traveled to Europe for the first time with my family. I look forward to my next trip there, as there is so much culture and beautiful architecture and history to enjoy. I am a husband, a father, a grandfather, and yes, I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 32 years old. Prior to joining the church, I experienced several other churches. I guess one of the key differences that became so important to me was the knowledge that families can be together for all eternity - and not just until death do us part. There is nothing more important to me than my family, and to know, that I can be sealed for all time and eternity to my wife, and our children, is a great source of joy. I also have been blessed, in so many ways, by following the teachings of the church. As I look back at my life prior to joining the church, it is so different now. Not that I was some terrible person before, but I now have an eternal perspective on things, and with that, my priorities, and the things that matter most, have changed. The gospel is a great source of joy and peace and comfort. I am eternally grateful to a loving Heavenly Father, who truly wants whats best for us. I am so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and His atoning sacrifice, that provides me the opportunity to repent of my shortcomings, and through Him, return to my Heavenly Father once again. I have a testimony of this gospel. I have a testimony of the book of Mormon, that it is, along with the Bible, the word of God, and another testament of Jesus Christ. I have a testimony that there is a prophet on the earth today, and that if we follow his council, and live our lives in a manner that is in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ, we can experience great joy in this life and in the eternities to come. I know these things to be true, as I have felt the Holy Ghost bear witness to me of this.

How I live my faith

I guess the thing that stands out most, is having my priorities in balance. I take my covenants that I have made very seriously. To have God as an integral part of your life makes a huge difference in your perspective in almost every aspect of your life. I am by no means perfect - actually far from it. But to know that I can improve, with each new day, that through our Savior we can repent and start over, brings me hope, and a desire to be better. To know that the invitation from our Savior to come unto Him, is not a once in a lifetime offer, but an open invitation, gives me a renewed desire, with each new day, to improve and be a better person than I was, and to strive to follow His teachings. I strive to have not only personal prayers, but family prayers, each day. To have our Heavenly Father involved in our lives, to look to Him for answers, for guidance, for peace and comfort when we face challenges, makes facing each day a little easier and brighter.