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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a Mormon. That is the tag members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints get. But I prefer Christian or LDS.

About Me

I am 62 years old and look a lot like Santa Clause, no kidding. I make my living a Unix administrator. I love the out of doors, photography (Black and White old school), and my pets. There never seems to be enough time to fit every thing in. I have been in Scouting since 1962 and take the Scout Oath as a way to live my life. I have held just about every position in a Scout Troop an adult can hold and love Assistant Scoutmaster the best because I can have all the fun and none of the problems. Wood Badge trained and hold the District Award of Merit, I don't know how I earned it. I am a grandpa and love playing the part. It is great joy to watch my grand kids discover the world. There are 13 grand kids with my oldest being 16 years old and the youngest is 2 years old. They live all over the western USA so I get to play with the 4 and 5 year old grandsons the most, and they have lots of energy. As for education I have a BS EET from Arizona State University and a MBA Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. I am a US Navy Veteran and a was in during the Vietnam war, enough said about that. I started playing contra bass viol when I was 12 years old and still play in a community orchestra.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised Latter Day Saint, but we had a Book of Mormon in the house and my parents did not encourage or discourage my reading in it. I grew up in Mesa AZ and knew a lot of LDS kids growing up, like all kids some were good examples and some were not. I never had much desire to be associated with any church at all. As a teenager I had my doubts about all religion. Once out of high school I attended NAU, I had a high school girl friend who encouraged me to take the missionary lessons and I did mostly to get her off my back about the whole thing. The only problem was that after I started the taking the lessons I started to believe what I was being taught. Every principle make perfect since to me but I was not sure I wanted to become a member of the Church so I struggled learning to bend my own will to the will of our Lord. After about five months of struggling with my self I had the Holy Ghost witness to me the truthfulness of the Gospel and I that point I I could not wait to become a member of the Church, over 40 years later I still feel the witness of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

Every day I give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all the blessings he has given me. I try to live all the commandments He has given us to live. I have never found any thing Heavenly Father as ask of be to be too much for me to handle. He blesses me every day. I attend my Church meetings and do my best to fulfill the callings I have been given. I love my wife and honor her for she is a daughter of Heavenly Father and as such she is worthy of respect.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

This question about worshiping Joseph Smith came to me from my relatives who are not members of the LDS Church, the question always seemed strange to me. I honor and respect Joseph Smith and the work he did. I am amazed by how much and uneducated farm boy was able to accomplish during his life. I honor his sacrifice. I do not worship him. I worship Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ and no others. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

All you have to do is look at what the Church does and you can see what the Church does with tithing. The Church does not pay its ministers, so there is money for buildings, Temples, and The Church Welfare program Show more Show less