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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm an anesthesiology resident. I'm an adoption advocate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most fulfilling part of my life is my family. I am the husband of a beautiful and kind woman. She is the girl of my dreams. Life gets stressful and busy at times, however I can't imagine working through those times without her by my side. We are best friends. I'm also the father of two beautiful biracial kids, toddlers right now, whom we adopted at birth. I don't know how to better describe my feelings for my kids: I'm in love with them. I'm a total adoption advocate because of the happiness and blessings we have received as a family through adoption. Earlier in my life, I never suspected what a direct role God would play in bringing my future kids to my family. I'm also an anesthesiology resident in my 3rd year of training after medical school. It has been a long road, but I love what I do. Thankfully, I also love studying because currently that consumes a lot of my time. Learning to balance my career with being a husband and father has been one of the most difficult challenges of my life. It's working out well, though. I love playing sports (racquetball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, ultimate frisbee...you name it, and I'll play it), reading with my wife at night when the kids are in bed, going camping, playing on the beach, playing at the park with my kids, hiking, swimming, etc. Really anything to do with sports or the outdoors is right up my alley. I am also an Eagle Scout and worked as a BSA leader for 3 years during med school. It was a fantastic experience.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were LDS when I was born, my mother was a lifetime member of the Church and my father gained a testimony of the Gospel as a young man. I grew up learning to live by the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and hearing my mom share her faith with all of us kids and really with anyone she had the opportunity to share it with. I watched my dad throw himself into his career to provide well for his family but even more so, he consistently sought out opportunities to serve other people and serve in the Church. From their example, I was naturally drawn to the Gospel that guided their lives. They were happy and trusted that God would care for them and their family. I grew up believing that the Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth and that God really did continue to have prophets on the earth to lead and guide us just like He always has done. It has always made sense to me, and as a teenager I began having clear confirmations that God cared for me and knew me intimately, that He listened to my prayers and answered them in many different ways, and that He had a specific plan for my life. I didn't know exactly what He had in store for me, but I knew that there would be no mistakes on His part in teaching me and leading me through life. That was very comforting to me. As a 20 year old missionary in Germany, I had a powerful witness that Jesus Christ was truly my own personal Savior. It was a defining moment in my life. I know that He has restored His Church in our day. I know He still speaks to men on a personal level and guides His Church through prophets and apostles whom He calls and qualifies to do His work. I'm a Mormon because I know these things. I'm a Mormon because I have had a lifetime of confirmations of my faith. I'm a Mormon because of dedicated and faithful parents who taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ from an early age. I'm a Mormon because it is true, and it is real.

How I live my faith

It seems to me that in order to live my faith I must be a true disciple of Christ in my day to day activities and interactions with other people. I try to treat people with respect, and I try to be honest in my work and interactions with others. I believe the most important work I can do in this life is to be a good and present husband and father. I live my faith by teaching my children through my example. Having a 2 young children has taught me a lot about myself and my own weaknesses. Treating my children with respect, being patient as I try to teach them to be kind, making it a priority to spend time with them, teaching them how to recognize the good in others and to recognize the hand of God in their lives are probably the most important things I do in this regard. Being a husband who is an equal partner with his wife and learning with her how to have a balanced and happy family is also an essential part of living my faith. My favorite experience serving in the LDS Church was for 3 years in medical school when I worked directly with the young men from 12-18 years old in my congregation. I was their Boy Scouts of America leader as well as teacher in Sunday classes. My wife and I try to be advocates for unborn children by supporting adoption and groups or political candidates who make the protection of unborn children one of their top priorities. I also try to live my faith by sharing my faith. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and His restored Church have given my family a stable foundation in a time when most people have no clue what they count on or who they can trust. We have a foundation that is sure and immoveable. We know why we are here and where we are heading. We know God is leading us and helping us. Sharing that assurance and confidence is part of living my faith.