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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a biochemist. I'm a nurse. I'm a traveler. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a pretty happy guy, and find joy, fun, and happiness in most of the things I do. There are, however, things that are my favorites. I love anything outdoors, whether it be hiking, camping, backpacking, shooting, anything that involves nature. I also love to travel. Seeing so many different people and cultures is one of the most fascinating things for me. Additionally, both the outdoors and people make great subjects for photography, something that, though being an amateur, I enjoy very much. I love to learn new things about anything, and I enjoy getting to know new people.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I am a very happy man now, it was not always the case. When I was younger, I did my own thing, whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I found friends who did the same thing, and often it led to getting into trouble. As time went on, I became less and less happy, though imperceptible to me. Finally, one day I found myself alone at lunch, and being too prideful to eat lunch alone, sought out anyone I could possibly think I knew to eat with. The only option was a table of a few girls that I barely knew from church. As I approached, they stared. Finally I was standing before them, and asked under my breath, "Can I eat with you guys?" I can still see their mouths, dropped open in disbelief. "Sure!" came the energetic, yet truthful answer. I sat down, and though I was living a very different lifestyle than those with whom I was eating, they included me; they made me feel like I had known them my entire life. As I sat back, I observed that these girls were truly, honestly happy. Later that night, I thought about the experience I had, and all the things I was taught as a child flooded back to my mind. I thought of how happy I used to be when I loved my parents and siblings. I thought how much life was better before and how unhappy I currently was. As I was thinking about all these things, my favorite scripture as a child came back to me: Proverbs 3:5-6. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." From that moment on, I made that scripture my life's mantra. I do all that I can to be the person that God wants me to be, and then I have complete faith that he will take care of me and direct me. I can tell you that I have become happier than ever by living how God wants me to and letting Him and His wisdom guide me through life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. First, I teach a small group of four-year-olds about the Jesus Christ and God. I love it, and I love the sweet spirits that these children have. I am also astounded at some of the answers they have to life's hard questions. I also try to help out in the community in whatever way I can, whether it be volunteering at homeless food establishments, working to restore trails around some of the state parks I live close to, or just picking up trash when I See it. Lastly, I try to live as good as I can, being kind to all that I might meet. Because of this, many friends, co-workers, or acquaintances come to me and ask me for advice to help them through their problems. These things, among many others, is how I live my faith.