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Hi I'm Joe

I grew up in a small town in Nevada. I lived over 20 years of my adult life outside the U.S. I'm an engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

If you have a stereotype in your mind of that describes the typical Mormon, I may fit neatly into parts of it. At the same time, there are other parts of my life that may not fit your stereotype quite as well. When people think of large families, many think of Catholics, Jews, and Mormons. Well, that's one stereotype that fits our family quite well! I am blessed to be married to my best friend. She and I are privileged to be the parents of 8 children (seven sons and one daughter). Our children have been and continue to be the joy of our life. At this point in our life, grandchildren are also beginning to arrive at a fairly regular rate. We currently have 11 grandchildren, 9 of whom were born in the last 4 years. Our life is truly centered in our family, and we cherish the time that we get to spend being with our children and grandchildren. A large part of our family experience played out in England. We had the blessing of living in North Yorkshire for about 19 years. Three of our children were actually born in North Yorkshire, and all eight of them have fond memories of growing up in that beautiful part of the world. We have a tender spot in our heart for many English friends who we came to know and love while we lived among them. While living in England, we were also able to travel to many of the countries of Europe. It was a wonderful opportunity for us and for our children to be exposed to the cultures and diversity of that part of the world.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormons, as were my grandparents and many of my earlier ancestors. This is a part of my heritage that I am very proud of, but it is NOT the reason why I am a Mormon. It IS the reason why I was taught as a young child about Jesus Christ and about His role as my personal Redeemer. In fact, I cannot remember a time when I didn’t believe in Jesus. When I was growing up we attended Church regularly as a family. I also attend Primary, which is a weekly religious class for children. I was taught in Primary that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me in a very personal and intimate way. I was also taught that there is a being called the Holy Ghost who could teach me the truth of all things, if we sought it. When I reached my teenage years I began to question many of the things that my parents and other adults were telling me. (After all, this was the sixties, and the slogan of the day was “Don’t trust anyone over thirty.”) I realized that I needed to have a belief system of my own, and not just the one that I had inherited from my parents. So, now to the reason why I am a Mormon. As a child I had at times felt truth confirmed to my inner self (my soul, if you will). I had also occasionally been warned of dangerous situations. I had come to recognize those feelings as being the workings of the Holy Ghost. So, as I began to have a desire to believe and to know the truth of things on my own, I naturally came to depend on the Holy Ghost to guide me. I also studied the scriptures and prayed to help me prepare to be taught by the Spirit. I found that belief and understanding eventually did come, but it came to me gradually, in little spurts of enlightenment, one idea at a time. In time, I came to understand the will of my Heavenly Father for me, which included me being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka, the Mormons)

How I live my faith

In our church, there are no professional ministers. Each member of a local congregation is asked to play a role in the worship services. I serve currently as the Sunday School President in our congregation (ward). During Sunday School, we hold classes for the adults as well as for the youth, by age group. We study ancient scriptural texts, including the Bible and the Book of Mormon. We also augment that study with modern scriptures that have come to us though prophets in our time. I also have the opportunity to serve as a "home teacher". This means that I regularly visit a few of the members of my congregation in their homes. My role as a home teacher is to watch over these particular families and be attentive to any particular needs (physical or spiritual) that may arise. Under the direction of the father or head of the household, I often prepare a spiritual thought that I give to the family when I visit them in their home. Home teaching is perhaps the most meaningful type of Christian service, since it is performed one on one, as the Savior performed much of His ministry. One of the reasons why I enjoy worship services in my church is that it is a highly participative experience. Everyone plays an active role. We all build up and strengthen each other. Everyone is unique, and as such, each has something that he/she is uniquely able to contribute.