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Hi I'm Joe Stubbs

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family that was LDS. Our family joined the Church in the late 1890's here in South Carolina. My father was in the military, so we moved frequently. I am the oldest of seven children. I met my wife while attending BYU and we have five children. I served an LDS mission in south Texas and loved that experience. My wife's family are a long line of Mormon pioneer's, crossed the plains with Brigham Young, etc. But she grew up near Cherry Hill, New Jersey. That is where her families jobs carried them. We were married in the Washigton, DC Temple and went back to Provo, Utah to finish school. After graduation, I took my first job at Garrett High School (my old school) where I taught and coached football, wrestling and baseball. Our oldest child was born in Utah, but our other children were all born in South Carolina. I loved teaching and coaching, but changed professions and we have been here ever since. Our children were raised in the church and now have families of their own. Our two boys served as missionaries and so did our three son in laws. The church family has played an important part in raising a happy family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but throughout my life I have been tried and tested in my beliefs. The greatest knowledge I have attained is that I am a child of God, that he loves me and helps me everyday. It is my duty to remember the promises I made to Him - to follow the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ, to be good to my neighbor and love them, to love my wife and children and help them be happy. I do understand that everyday we live is a new opportunity for us to do something that makes our life be better. I have found that those things are usually quiet acts of service and recognizing our blessings. I do know that we are imperfect beings, and we just strive to be better. When we do that we are happy and have joy. It also especially helps us to deal with tragedy, suffering, frustrations, and wrongdoings.

How I live my faith

I try very hard to be a good neighbor, as the Savior taught. That comes in many ways...some neighbors are familiar to us and some are strangers. It is important to be kind to all. The last few years have been a trying time for many people, especially with the economy weakened. Some of the dreams many people had may require an adjustment, however, our lives are still very good. It is important to me to be optimistic and encouraging in these times of distress, and to help my neighbor with small acts of kindness. I am grateful for those who are happy and caring and virtuous. The way they lead their lives helps me to be better.