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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am originally from San Diego, California, but have lived in Texas since 2002. I am a dad - 2 boys and 7 girls. We also have 15 grandchildren. My wife and I moved a lot because of my work and we took all those kids to Mexico and South America. In fact, two of our daughters were born in South America while we lived there. I also got to travel for an extended business trip to two African countries, and got to visit one of my sons in Mozambique when he was on his Church mission. When I was growing up my parents' only moved one time, and that was only for a summer and then back to our old house. So for me to say I have lived in or visited 3 continents and 8 to 10 countries is pretty astounding to me. I never would have figured it when I was growing up. In the Army I was a paratrooper; yes, jumping out of perfectly good (most of the time) airplanes. I have pilot friends who thought I was crazy, and maybe I was. I like swimming - in a pool, in the ocean, it's all good. Most of all I like walking and hiking in the mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Latter-day Saint family, so being a Mormon has always been part of me. I heard the testimonies of my grandparents and parents all the years I was growing up. It was easy for me to believe what they taught and, more importantly, what they lived. But I still had to become converted for myself and obtain my own testimony of the truth. By reading the Book of Mormon, by prayer and fasting, and most of all by testing the principles taught by the Church, I did come to know for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I am a member because of that testimony that God granted to me and because it is the happiest, most fulfilling way to live.

How I live my faith

My calling right now is as a member missionary in our local ward. My wife and I also have been called to serve a full-time mission. We will be serving in the Lansing, Michigan area and will start that mission in January 2016.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Members are asked to donate 10% basically for two reasons. First, even though the church has no paid clergy, running the church is not free. It costs money to build chapels and temples and to pay for the utilities and upkeep. It costs money to print church materials, and run the missionary program and the myriad other things the church does. So, the law of tithing is the way the Lord has instructed the church to finance the programs of the church. The second reason is that the Lord wants our hearts to be centered on Him and not on worldly wealth. Whether one is rich or poor, it is an act of faith to pay 10% of one's income to the church, but by doing so we are proving to the Lord and to ourselves that keeping his commandments is more important to us than the money we earn. By giving up that which we have earned, which becomes a symbol of our personal labor and toil, we are showing that our hearts are centered on him and not on the things of this world. It is this act of faith which strengthens us, and thus the church, spiritually, and brings the Lord's greater blessings to us. Show more Show less