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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a Mormon and pretty much have been all my life. I was baptized at 8 years old in Lakeside, Arizona.

About Me

I can't say that I have been a "Poster Child" for the Mormon religion although I was taught how to be one that's for sure. I'm a general contactor building custom homes and have been for 28 years. I'm married and have three children still at home (2 boys-16 & 14, 1 girl-9), 3 daughters on their own and 2 grandbabies. Been married twice, 15 years the first time and coming up on 13 years this time. I Have had bouts with alcoholism from the age of about 18 to 35 and then drug addiction up until I was roughly 49 years old, I am 53 now and clean and sober. During all that time I still went to the Mormon church but usually only when I needed help with groceries, rent, etc. I couldn't comprehend turning my life over to God completely to let him lead me through life as it should be. I met someone whom I will call "Brotherman", that for whatever reason, him and I connected and he was relentless as to showing his love for the Lord and working on me and my family through him, he got me to church. Took him a while, he was persistant though, I cut my hair, took out the ear ring and next thing I knew I was teaching the Deacons and coaching their church basketball team. Wow, what a feeling to be able to be part of something that wasn't drug related and people really did care about me, had faith in me for who I really was. Part of my excuse was that I was so afraid they would steal my personality, when in actuality, they wanted to let me know that they had accepted me.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I am a work of God in progress, at my pace. The Lord knows what I am capable of and he is patient that I will get to where I need to be while representing him at all times in the best way that I know how. It has meant so much to me to be able to teach my children about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with the help from my Brother's and Sister's at our church. There is so much to learn and who knows how much time there is to learn it but......I know that Jesus loves me and knows I am doing the best I can and am where I need to be at today. I have accepted that I am not perfect and that I can only do my best. I know that our Saviour, Jesus Christ, is good with that.

How I live my faith

We try to participate in our community projects with our ward/branch to help those that can't help themselves for one reason or another. I have the greatest homteacher's, missionaries that we see on a weekly basis to help us to live and teach our children of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am also involved in going to homes and hometeaching with another person that has helped me move towards making my struggles in everyday life, the right moves to be able to live with God someday. We have scripture studies weekly in our home with our family and the ward missionaries. The missionaries are there to help us to understand if there are any questions about what we may be reading at the time. We always try to teach our children by setting the best example that we can for them and also teach the power of prayer. I have learned that I need to also be thankful when I am praying, in my past it seemed that prayer only came when I needed something. It has proven to be the happiest time in my life. Happiness tends to rub off on others, including family.