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Hi I'm Joel

I grew up in San Diego, California. I'm the father of six sons and a daughter. I manage a liquor warehouse and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the son of immigrant parents, my father from Costa Rica and my mother from Mexico. They came to the United States in late 1959 and raised my two sisters and my brother in San Diego, California. They were baptized in 1964 just prior to my birth. I have been a Mormon my entire life. I served a mission for the church back in 1984-85 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Up to that time, it was the most rewarding experience of my life. I was fortunate to meet and later marry the mother of my first five sons. But with the challenges of raising a family, obtaining and education, and providing for my loved ones, she and I drifted apart and went our separate ways. Divorce is a hard pill to swallow when you're a Mormon. But life has a way of working out when you stay close to the Lord. I was fortunate to marry my "last" wife shortly there after and to finally receive a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University. We added another son and daughter to our family. As for my career, I chose the beverage industry.....the liquor business to be exact. The job actually started out prior to graduating from college. For me it was a means to an end especially with tuition reimbursement from my employer. Upon graduation, my salary was doubled and I've been there ever since. While my degree is in public relations with a business minor, my focus for work is supply chain management with my main focus being distribution.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was a commercial fisherman for the United States Tuna Fleet. He was on a vessel for over 32 years when he suffered a career ending injury in 1972. In order for him to continue to provide for his family he began an importing/exporting business of seafood to and from Mexico. He was very successful but unfortunately his success was at the sacrifice of his family. I cannot remember a family vacation or a time when he did not have a calculator in one hand and a phone in another while working on the next deal. In reality it was a conscious decision for me to not become a father to my children as my father was to me...absent. I do love my father dearly, his lessons of service and hard work will never be repaid. However, I did want to be present for my children. I wanted to be "there" for them. The best examples of fatherhood came from my leaders at church. I carefully watched as they raised their own children. My scout and young men leaders were a great inspiration as well. I watched closely as these men raised their own families. I observed as they treated their spouses with love and respect. The sense of family sunk deep into my heart. I knew then the type of father that I wanted to be. I haven't had a profound manifestation confirming to me the truthfulness of this great work. But, I do believe in the gifts of the spirit. One such gift is given to some to believe that Jesus is the Christ and another gift is given to others to believe on their words. I fall in the latter category. I believe in the words of our living prophets and apostles. I believe in the words and exemplary lives of those that have gone before. I believe and have felt the sweet soft whisperings of the spirit on many many occasions. I do believe, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith the best that I can. I don't believe that a day goes by when I don't reach out to my Heavenly Father in prayer or meditation. For me it requires the help from above to help get me through the challenges of the day. As a family, we are a church going people having felt the sweet rewards of service in callings at church or simply reaching out to friends and neighbors in times of need. I believe in the teaching of Paul when he wrote to the Romans and said to them that "all things work together for good to them that love God..." (Romans 8:28) Despite our personal challenges or even those to loved ones, their is a purpose and a special lesson that we can walk away with if we will but leave our hearts open so that they can be touched, molded and changed by the Master for good. Life's experience is intended to bring us closer as families. I love being a father and knowing that occasionally our children will choose a path that perhaps is not to their best interest. By living my faith, I know that despite individual weakness, I can be waiting with arms out stretched to welcome one of my children back to the fold. If the Savior can do it for us, it is through love that we too must be prepared to accept our loved ones. I'm reminded of a line from the children's book series "Anne of Green Gables" wherein she comments, "everyday is a new day with no mistakes in it." What great words of wisdom these are for all of us. How do I live my faith? I live it knowing that despite my short-comings, our Heavenly Father has created a plan that will essentially give me a new day with no mistakes in it. It's now my responsibility to live up to that promise.