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Hi I'm Joe

I'm an environmentalist. I'm an engineer. I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the last of six kids. I grew up in Texas, went to school in Utah, and have been working as a habitat restoration and civil engineer in Los Angeles since 2009. My wife and I love to play soccer, go hiking, mountain biking, camping, and eating ice cream. We have a beautiful daughter and a little boy on the way, and we are excited for what lies ahead.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my life experience has shown me that I am happiest when I live the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Growing up as a Mormon in Texas, I had many experiences where my faith was challenged, directly and indirectly, by others, but generally trusted in my parents and my siblings' faith and example. When I went away to school, I found myself without their constant influence, and I drifted away from the faith at what was, to me, an imperceptible rate. As it came time to make a decision about whether to serve a mission, I began to realize how far I had drifted, and how unprepared I was to preach the Good News. Through much fasting and prayer, great friends, church leaders loving parents and plain old consistency, I gained my first personal, independent testimony that my happiness is greatest when I am following Christ. My faith continued to be challenged while serving a mission, studying in college, and as a Mormon environmental engineer in southern California, but I have found safety, comfort and happiness in the Book of Mormon, fellowship with the saints, and service to others. Why am I a Mormon? Because it makes me so happy.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in the service of others. My responsibility in my congregation is to organize and lead the outreach effort for our congregation. This includes meeting with leadership, coordinating full-time missionaries' efforts, and congregation members' missionary efforts to find those who are searching for something more in their life. In this responsibility, I have learned from many people who have cast off substance abuse, unfair childhoods, and their pride, and who have entered the waters of baptism and continued on as disciples of Christ. I have loved the opportunity to bear my witness of the restoration of the gospel, and have had my understanding of divine things expand as I've discussed eternal principles with wonderful, enlightened, friends not of my faith. My greatest responsibility and joy, however, come from my attempts to serve the Lord through raising a righteous family. I LOVE being a dad, and I LOVE being a husband. I have come to realize more and more the truth in the statement that "the most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home." In the end, the gospel of Jesus Christ is one of families, and the uniting of families. It is through family relationships and service that we learn more of our relationship with our Father in Heaven, and it is through the infinite sacrifice of our elder brother, Jesus Christ, that we may be saved, and return to our Father.