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Hi I'm Joseph

I am a partner in a small software company. I love travel and the outdoors. I’m a Mormon

About Me

I am happily married with a 23 year old daughter. I have a master degree in geography but work as a computer programmer. I love most sports, fishing, hiking, photography and bird watching. I love to travel and have been to all seven continents. I also love doing service.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon since birth. Although I have always been a real skeptical person, I honestly have never doubted my faith. First the doctrines are very logical but much more important, I, from a young age, have seen how living the principals of the gospel make people happy. I remember playing on our giant sand pile, with my friends, while explaining to them doctrines of the church. Sadly, this may reflect more on how old I was when still playing on the sand pile than of my early testimony of the gospel. My wife and I had a unique experience that I would like to share. Many years ago a member of our congregation had her home burn to the ground and her nine year old son died in the fire. She and her children lived with us for the next month. Soon after they moved away, a former school aid told the police that she had confessed the murder of her son. She was arrested and placed in jail. Fortunately, after a few weeks, the judge graciously released her into my wife and my custody instead of having her post bail. We were imminently involved in her trial. My wife even found most of her witnesses. Although we were convinced that she was innocent, the trail took many interesting twists and turns. On the second to last day several testimonies were extremely damaging to the prosecution and we were feeling out of the woods. However, on the last day, the judge was especially favorable to the prosecution and rude to the defense. We had witnessed many tender mercies during the trial and had always felt the comfort of the Holy Ghost. However, this night we all felt forlorn and abandoned. I had been in the bedroom and my wife had been in the family room with our prisoner who was in extreme anguish. My wife came into the bedroom asking, “Why do I feel so terrible. This isn’t even my problem.” Suddenly we both realized that we were feeling only a fraction of the pain the Savior suffered for each of us. The next day the judge declared our prisoner innocent.

How I live my faith

I find living my faith to be very easy. It is when I’m not living the gospel fully that life is harder. Currently my wife and I serve with a congregation of young single adults. They are incredibly talented and enthusiastic. We are proud to be associated with them because they are a wonderful example to our community. We also have the opportunity to chair the Christmas Crèche Art and Music Festival in our region. Every year we dedicate about three weeks decorating and tending our church building as we open it up to hundreds of high school and community musicians as they share their talents while honoring Christ. Thousands of people come to appreciate the music and view a thousand nativities. It is a great way of putting Christ as the center of the Christmas season.