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Hi I'm Joe

Was born in Naha, Okinawa, Grew up in Michigan, Served twenty-three years in the Navy, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy sailing and racing sailboats, which I have done on the Great lakes, the California Coast and Sydney harbor. I love to teach, which I do every week in my Gospel Principals class and I am attending Tidewater Community College working towards a degree in Psychology. Not sure which discipline as of yet. I have three lovely daughters, two married off and one to go.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because as I was looking for more. Looking for a church, one that is in search for the meaning of God and the plan for us. I did not believe we were on our own, but I had yet into find the guidance from men to walk the path I knew I was suppose to be walking. I started challenging peoples understanding of their faith, their religion. What I found was many people lack the basics to understand. Whether it was faith or religion. Most when pressed did not know why they believed what they did. They had a blind faith of misunderstanding, not the faith of accepting that the knowledge of God is greater than ours. This caused them to base their testimony and faith on weaker things. They would hang their personal testimony and faith on the knowledge of a few men and not on their relationship with God and his Son. This caused times of weakness which led them to fall away and dwindle in unbelief when those they based their faith and testimony on faltered. But, talking to different people about their faith and their understanding of their faith allowed me to gather information of the best and most righteous knowledge. I was using that information to gain a firm foundation to build my own religion. For there appeared not to be one I could follow on the earth at this time, or so I thought. I met a girl named Ilene, who talked of the basics of her religion and faith. I then talked to her Brother Daryl, a returned Missionary who answered more questions with conviction. The missionaries of my conversion arrived. Did they know all the answers? No. But, they were firm in their faith and testimony of the church and it grew out of the three that confirm it to them everyday. Sister Gwilliam and Sister La Rae taught from their hearts and let me confirm the truth that I heard, and I was baptized. Baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, and into the arms and love of God, his Son Jesus Christ and the Holy ghost. Amen.

How I live my faith

To understand my faith I must live it every day. I volunteer and a local animal shelter and will soon be volunteering with Hospice. I was called to be a Sunday school teacher. I also work with the missionaries to bring the gospel into homes and to families throughout my community. The church is not just a church it is a way of life, a purpose to life I can and do share on a daily basis.