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Hi I'm Joe

I just earned my doctorate from ASU. My wife of 15 years and I share five beautiful children. Yes, I am a Mormon.

About Me

My wife of 15 years and I share five beautiful children together. Throughout my professional career as an educator for public schools we have lived in urban, rural, and now suburban communities. I just completed my doctoral studies where I graduated in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I enjoy continuing my own growth and education for my profession. Prior to my doctoral work I started out as a high school Biology teacher and then worked in administration after completing my Masters degree. For hobbies, I try to stay active with my wife and kids. As a family we have recently started participating in sprint triathlons. When we are not playing soccer or swimming we all enjoy watching movies. One of our favorite family activities is having chocolate shakes, popcorn, and spending time together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. I went to every church activity as well as Sunday services. It wasn't until I moved away from home while at college where I started to take seriously my Faith. I had debated about serving a religious mission for my church but had never read the Book of Mormon on my own. For the first time in my life I truly focused my efforts on reading and praying about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. God answered my prayers. I know that God lives, he loves me, and that his true church has been placed on this earth for the benefit of mankind. This I know. After gaining this spiritual knowledge I decided to serve a mission. I was called to serve in the Washington, Spokane Mission. I spent two years teaching and preaching to people what I knew was true. "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." St. John 14:26

How I live my faith

Practicing any type of religious belief takes effort, commitment, and time. I attend weekly Sunday services. We have no paid clergy in our Faith. Lay members are called upon to volunteer in a variety of ways. My wife and I try our best to serve others. We hold weekly family nights. At these family meetings we usually have a short religious message that we discuss with our children. We pray and sing songs and then end the evening with a family game and dessert. As a father I try to stay connected to my children by having one-on-one daddy time. I spend time with each child talking to them about school, friends, peer pressure, and whatever topics my kids bring up. The topics range from Scooby Doo and Spider Man to sports, grades, and even what teachers they like the most or dislike the most. At the conclusion of these talks we all load up into the car and go get some ice cream. We love ending all of our family activities with some kind of treat.

Are Mormons Christians?

Joe
For some reason the topic of Mormons being Christians is a continual debate. As a Mormon I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus Christ lived on this earth and that he lived a perfect sinless life. I believe that he was baptized by John the Baptist by immersion. I believe that he performed many wonderful miracles. The greatest miracle that he performed was the suffering of mankind's sins. He was crucified and laid in a tomb. After three days he was resurrected and lives to this day. It is only through Jesus Christ that I may be saved. I believe this is the most fundamental belief of Christianity. Yes...Mormons are Christians! Show more Show less