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Hi I'm Joe Perry

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm retired with 33 years of Federal Service: 9 years in the U.S. Air Force;24 years in the U.S. Postal Service. I've been married for 31 years to a wonderful woman. I have a son who graduated from Georgia State and daughter-in-law who is a nurse. I have a bad hip, and arthritis in my neck and lower back. I've suffered from generalized anxiety and major depression, and bi-polar disorder. I love lap swimming and watching old black and white movies and television shows.

Why I am a Mormon

In November of 1985 I was at the lowest part of my life. I was diagnosed with a mental illness and medically boarded out of the military after nine years of service. The only job I could get was in a doughnut shop. My wife and I were fighting and our son, who was four at the time was suffering. My wife suggested that our son stay at my brother's home for a couple of days because my brother was a Mormon, and Mormon's were good with families. After two days at my brother's home, our son came home to us, got down on his knees, folded his arms, bowed his head, and said,"Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessings of this day, please help Mom and Dad to stop fighting, and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." I immediately picked up the phone and called my brother and asked to go to his church. My brother wanted to know why I wanted to go to his church, and I told him that anyone who could teach my son to pray like that--I wanted to go to that church. I attended my brother's church for all three blocks; Sacrament, Gospel Essentials, and Priesthood. The blocks lasted three hours, but felt like only twenty minutes. I asked my brother right then and there to baptize me. I had to wait as I needed to be taught by the missionaries, but was baptized on March 8th, 1986.

How I live my faith

I've been a Scout Leader, a Ward Missionary, and a Sunday School Teacher to the Youth. Once, I taught the fourteen and fifteen year-olds, and asked them what people said about our church. One young man said they say we're the "church of the mentally ill." I replied to the young man, "Isn't it great that the mentally ill have a church to go to?" I have served faithfully in the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints since the day I was baptized, and hope to do so until the day I die.