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Hi I'm Joey

I'm from Virginia. I'm a web developer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a journalist for three years. Now, I build websites as a Ruby on Rails developer. I like to create things. I think it's because I'm the son of a grand heavenly creator. I have been doing photography semi-professionally for 12 years now. When I was a journalist, I used to take photos for my stories. I have chronic depression, and I try to help others understand the symptoms and severity of this disorder.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't always Mormon. Before joining the LDS faith I was a Presbyterian. My father passed away when I was eight. Religion, regardless of denomination, always helps in those situations. However, as I grew older I was troubled by what I was being taught and wondered if I would ever see my father again. Through divine means, I came in contact with LDS missionaries. They told me I would in fact see my father again and asked me to pray about the Book of Mormon, which is a record of scripture used by Latter-day Saints. I did. It was July, yet I felt like it was Christmas. I felt at home. Though I had an amazing spiritual experience, it still took time for me to figure it all out. I'm a sceptic, belief doesn't come easy for me. Eventually, I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm not going to tell you that joining the LDS faith is an easy decision. It's not. Choosing this path is difficult, then the path itself is a tough one. But, it's worth it. Every bit of it.

How I live my faith

I'm not one to simply believe everything I hear. I question everything. I'm not afraid to stand against something if I believe it's wrong, even within my own religion. But that's what's beautiful about the LDS faith. You are not expected to simply "believe." Faith is a struggle. You have to constantly find it. We are all human beings and make mistakes. Even LDS Church leaders make them, and that's what makes this amazing. Despite everything, God helps us grow. Every day I make the decision to "be Mormon." Sometimes, that decision is not very easy, but it is ALWAYS worth it. I teach people how to prepare for the Temple, which is an extremely sacred place of worship for Latter-day Saints (Mormons).