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Hi I'm Joe.

I'm a Mormon. My name is Joe and I am a husband and father of 4 boys. I am a school administrator for an elementary school.

About Me

My name is Joe. I am a father of 4 boys ages 4-12 and I enjoy spending time at home with them. I am a husband. My wife is my best friend and there is nobody I would rather be with. We enjoy watching shows together each week and having talks. We are good supports for the roles and responsibilities of our home. She has helped support me to reach my goals for my career as a school administrator. I love baseball and softball. I play on teams with friends from church throughout the year and it is a lot of fun. My favorite thing to do is watch baseball games at our local university. They have a great team each year and we enjoy sitting on the grassy hill down the left field line as a family. We like to take road trips to our family cabin. The weather is cool and afternoon rain storms in the summer are fun to watch. We don't get much snow, but last year we got a little blizzard which was fun to watch. We got snowed in that time. My family is active is in scouts and sports. With 4 boys we stay very busy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the church because I was raised in the church by my family. I have 5 sisters and 3 brothers. Over the years, and through experiences I have had, I have had the basics of the church reinforced for me that I know I am comfortable with my choice. I see the benefits for my family and the tenets of the church help me to base my actions and lifestyle around a set of principles that keep me from dangerous substances, dangerous choices, and increases positive interactions with my neighbors, co-workers and friends. I did not serve a mission for my church. It is a decision I regret all the time. I hope I raise my sons to have a desire to serve their friends and neighbors. We teach them to work and hard and prepare for their future by doing well in school. I know that without the layers of support the church programs provided in my youth, I would likely have fallen into choices that could have negatively impacted my future. I am grateful for those that gave their time and energy to help me become the man I am today. Their sacrifice is my opportunity. Their example has helped me to be a better father and better person.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through actions of service. We are asked to support families in our area in times of need. We deliver messages of gospel principles each month and build relationships with them that provides a layer of relief in times of need. We help people with their families through organized classes, social experiences and learning opportunities for our youth. I have helped in these capacities and am grateful that these systems will be in place for my sons to experience as well. We help those in need for a variety of needs and even though it helps them solve their immediate problem, it helps us by reinforcing our willingness to serve. I always leave tired, but full of a calming joy that makes me glad I went to help. It makes me proud when my sons expect us to go and help others even when it cuts into things they may have wanted to do. My family reads scriptures, listens to lessons about the scriptures and prophets both past and present and prays regularly. We attend weekly church meetings (about 3 hours each week) and twice a year we watch our church leaders on TV as they present messages that apply for all of us about how to better live our lives as members of the church. We spend one night a week (Mondays) as a family talking about our week and upcoming events. We use dinner to talk about the school day, work and goals we have. Christ showed his love for others through acts of service. I know we are not even close to his level of love for others, but these smalls acts help us draw closer to a life worth living. I am proud of the actions we use to serve those in need. I am grateful for having a generally healthy body that lets me help others through physical work.