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Hi I'm Joel

I grew up in Florida. I served 6 years in the Air Force. I now work in HR for Washington County Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married and have 2 daughters age 5 and 7. I graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in English. I joined the Air Force as a Personnel Officer in 2004. With the Air Force, I spent 4 years in Abilene, TX and 2 years in Omaha, NE. During my time in Nebraska, I took a 5 month trip to Afghanistan. While in the Air Force, I earned an MBA with concentration in HR Management from American Military University. I separated from the Air Force in July 2010, earned my PHR certification, and found employment with the Washington County government to serve as the HR Business Partner. I enjoyed surfing in high school, but have since realized that I am out of practice. I enjoy snowboarding when the opportunity presents itself, but the weather in Southern Utah is not conducive to snow. I enjoy wake boarding when friends with boats are willing to take me out with them. I enjoy spending time with my family. I enjoy swimming, reading, playing, and exercising. I also enjoy playing Magic the Gathering.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of the church, so I grew up going to the LDS church. I grew up in Florida, so there weren't many members. I had to make the choice to live the standards I believed in and being different than my friends and peers. In high school I was friends with a lot of people, but I felt just a little bit different and on the outside. I didn't go to many parties because when I did, it seemed like I was always tempted with drugs, alcohol, or something else that went against my beliefs. In the end, I think people understood and accepted my beliefs, but it still set me up as a bit of an outsider. I was baptized when I was 8 years old. But even though I was LDS, I was curious about other religions. I went to the Baptist church with my best friend. I also had the opportunity to attend Catholic Mass and a Lutheran church. But I always felt more at home in the LDS church. When I went to college, I studied the Book of Mormon and prepared to go on a mission. When I turned 19, after my first year of college, I decided to serve a mission. But my first month in the missionary training center was difficult for me. I had to really make a self reflection. Was I putting my life on hold for 2 years to please my family or was I doing it because I believed in the message. As I sought the answer to that question, I fasted, prayed and studied the message that I was learning. I believe my prayers were answered. I felt a peace and a joy during that time that surpassed any I had known at that time. I believe that the Spirit of God confirmed that each of the things I was learning was true. Today, I continue to learn the Gospel and feel that spirit confirm the truth. I know God loves us, that we are his children, and that he will lead us spiritually if we open ourselves up to him. I know that Jesus is our Savior. I am grateful that Joseph Smith was chosen to received the restored Gospel, and I am grateful that God continues to use prophets to lead us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a nice and friendly person. I try to live as I believe Jesus would live in these days. I treat other people with respect and love in my heart; as I would want to be treated. I try not to judge people, and I try to help people when I can. I live my faith by being a good father, a good husband, a good friend, and a good neighbor. I teach my children about Christ and read with them from the scriptures. I pray with my family several times a day. Hopefully, I am teaching them and preparing them to face the challenges and temptations that they will face with their friends; in school and out. Hopefully I am preparing them to be righteous daughters of God, with the strength to be a positive influence on others. I am an active member of the Mormon church. I go to church weekly and try to grow closer to my Savior. I am a Sunday School leader. I fill in for teachers when they are not able to be there. I also teach the Teach the Teacher course to help the Sunday School teachers be more effective at helping others feel the spirit. I speak to the entire congregation when asked to do so. And there are occasions when I teach the brethren when there are no other teachers available. I serve my neighbors and community when the opportunity presents itself. Overall, I try to be a good person. As I said before, I try to live with the thought in mind of "What would Jesus do?" I am not perfect, and I struggle from time to time, but I try, repent, and try again.