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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a son, husband, and father of 5 and grandfather of 12. I also understand that I am a child as well as a son of our Heavenly Father – He created me for a purpose. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I served five years in the U.S. Navy; graduated from college with a MA, became a school psychologist, worked professionally with children with disabilities, retired, served a mission with my wife outside the USA. I find myself extremely busy with many service related activities as well as family life.

Why I am a Mormon

One day one of our sons asked us about religion. While my wife and I had earlier in our lives gone to a church, we had become disenchanted as they seemed to be interested in “talking” about the Gospel”. We had not attended for a long time. About two weeks after our son asked us the question about church, the missionaries knocked on our door. I had had several Mormon friends over the years so we invited the missionaries to teach him about Christ so we wouldn’t have to go to church! About 6 months later we were baptized. When I was in the eighth grade a wise man had said to me, “Don’t believe in God because someone else told you to, believe because you have found out for yourself through direct communication from God that it is true.” I had forgotten that message until the missionaries had been visiting with us for about 5 times – then all of a sudden I remembered what that person earlier in my life had said. The missionaries gave me a reference to James 1:5-8 in the New Testament and Alma 32:27-43 in the Book of Mormon. One morning before going to work I decided to conduct an experiment as described in Alma and do it seriously with intent as described in James. And find out once and for all is this all really true or are these Mormons nice sincere people who are misguided. As they taught, our hearts were touched. It all made sense. Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Holy Ghost, prophets, apostles, ongoing revelation, open heavens, scripture then and now, children of God. It fit together in ways that I hadn’t found in the church I had earlier in my life belonged to. That’s why I was baptized. Now, 30 years later I am still a Mormon because my feelings and knowledge about all these concepts have deepened and expanded. Membership in this church has helped me know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ – and who I am, a son of God. I am becoming a better, kinder, more loving person who tries to serve others as I try to live what Christ teaches.

How I live my faith

Each day I make a conscious and conscientious effort to know what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would have me do – and then I do it. Some days I do better than others. Daily prayer and scripture study are important parts of my life. Church attendance, worship, participation, and service are part of who I am. When we made the decision to be baptized into this church we determined that we would be full participants and we have been – it is not a sometimes think about it or simple attend a meeting – it is a way of living life based upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ. – the key element is doing it as best as I can.