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Hi I'm Joe!

I'm a retired electronics teacher, a dad, a papa, and a jack-of-all trades. I love doing stuff and learning...and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have had a blessed 69 years of life. I have had the wonderful opportunity to live my life with a wonderful woman, and six fantastic children. Now, I'm also the "papa" of five beautiful grand children. Most of my extended family members were farmers in rural NC. I was fortunate to find out about hard work early in my life. Since then I have never shied away from it. My dad always encouraged me. He never told me that I could not accomplish whatever I tried; I owe so much to him for instilling that attitude in me. Since a child I have had an interest in electronics and I have been able to teach electronics in high school, community college and universities. I have been a consultant to an international professional electronics organization, owned businesses, and am an author. I have built houses and am a competent electrician and plumber. I am, a jack-of-all-trades. I love learning and doing. My sons are Eagle Scouts and we have camped in swamps, mountains and the frozen northlands. Life has been good! There have been trials but the Gospel of Jesus Christ has sustained me. I have just completed a welfare services mission for the Church. My Master Gardener training was completed in 2009 so now I spend much of my time gardening, helping others garden, volunteering in charitable organizations and being dad and papa. In Church there have been many opportunities to serve my brothers and sisters and I presently teach Institute classes for the young adults.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always believed in God. My parents were good people but we rarely went to church. In high school my dad began to take me to his childhood church. I attended on and off until I graduated high school. In college I gravitated to a local church of the same denomination and went there until I became disenchanted because I could not get answers to my questions. Then, living in a new town with no friends, church didn't seem important to me. A few years later I met the young woman who was to become my wife. On our honeymoon we traveled westward and happened onto the Church historical site at Nauvoo, IL where we enjoyed the early restorations and obtained some Church literature. As we were driving out of town I recall reading one of the pamphlets about Joseph Smith and the visit of the angel Moroni. I said to my wife "I can believe this, after all angels visited men in Biblical times". But we went no further with our new found knowledge of the Church. During the next three years we attended a variety of churches but none of them made us feel at ease and comfortable with what was being taught. I began working with a man whose wife was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and they had us to their house for dinner. I was given a Book of Mormon and being the curious individual that I am, I began to earnestly read. The missionaries visited us and explained more about the Book of Mormon and the doctrines of the Church. And, I continued to read. One night as I was reading I was impressed that this book was scripture, just as the Bible. We visited the local congregation and joined in February, 1975. Our lives have never been the same. Now those unanswered questions were answered. Here was all that I had read about in the Bible as a youth. And, after the apostasy of the Middle Ages it had been restored to us. I had found what I was looking for and I love it! I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I try often to bring to my mind when the the Lord has felt near and I received inspiration for myself and my family. Doing this continues to bring into my heart the joy that I have found in knowing God loves me and hears my humble prayers. I study the scriptures. I pray. I try to live as I know He wants me to live, by keeping the commandments and doing what I can to serve others. I have been blessed to be able to serve in several capacities in the Church. I have taught classes, been in leadership positions where I was able to help organize adult and youth activities and served as a branch president and a bishop (un-paid leader of a congregation). Scouting has been dear to me and my involvement ranged throughout the entire local scout troop organization. I have been on many, many troop campouts with young men who have now grown to be valiant men in Christ's service. My love has always been teaching and I have had the opportunity to teach youth and young adults in universities and in church. In my community I have served as PTA president, on various county education committees, and as a state political party delegate. I work with the county Cooperative Extension office as a Master Gardener volunteer to teach gardening classes and give advice on planting and growing. Recently I worked with a young prospective Eagle Scout to build a handicap accessible platform garden for the residents at a retirement center. Our community has a charitable community garden where I am on the board of directors and oversee planting and garden up-keep. I have just completed a leadership calling as a church service missionary in the Bishop's Storehouse, a Church operated "food bank" for those in need. This wonderful organization provides food for Church members (and others) for a large part of two states and a minor part of two more. I love this Church. I know our Heavenly Father is the God of us all and that His son Jesus Christ is our savior and redeemer. I am a Mormon!