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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent 30 years working in a sawmill as a sawfiler. It was work I really enjoyed. After the mill was closed down I had a little sharpening business of my own. Later I became politically involved and decided our county could use some help. I ran for county commissioner and won. I was a commissioner for 4 years. I enjoy cooking and baking for our family and friends. I am the designated "chef" for our family which my wife seems to love. I like gardening, boating, camping, bicyling and basically being in the great outdoors. We live in a rural area in the mountains and enjoy seeing the local wildlife which includes deer, moose, bear, coyotes, wild turkeys, cougars, and eagles. I am a father, a husband, a brother, a son, and an uncle.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife has been a member since childhood, and when the missionaries would come to visit, they wanted to practice their lessons on me. After a few sets of missionaries, I was challenged to come to church. After coming to church, I was then challenged to set a baptism date. I told the sister missionaries that I'd like to see a baptism before committing. It just so happened there was a baptism the very next week. After reading parts of the Book of Mormon and praying to see if it was true, I had a personal witness that I should go ahead and be baptised. My wife's father performed the baptism. I have grown stronger in the gospel since then and ask myself what took me so long? I read the Book of Mormon daily. It gives me direction and answers to the questions about the trials and tribulations that occur in my life, and how I can be the good example that Jesus Christ and Heaven Father would want me to be. The gospel brings me great joy and a strong conviction of the truthfulness of it.

How I live my faith

My wife and I are very community oriented. We have involved ourselves with politics, I sit on the board of directors of Disabled Disabilities which is one of the committees I was involved with as a county commissioner, and then continued after I was no longer a commissioner. I help with the county fair in many ways. I help the 4H kids with their entries and help different county granges with their food booths. I usually enter as many vegetable entries as I can, and do very well in the ribbon department. I find that giving service in this way helps me be a better member missionary and a better example for those around me.