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Hi I'm Joseph

My job keeps me in New Mexico, but my wife and kids live with her parents and 17 of their children in MO. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a computer programmer, working with C++ across a broad range of platforms (from Windows to Mac and Linux to iOS). It's kind of my hobby too :-) My job keeps me here in New Mexico, but my wife and family live with her parents in rural Missouri on 180 acres of ranch we call the gathering place. We call it that because we and her parents have adopted 21 children from all over the world. We have children ranging from our youngest (little Sarah is about 4 months old) to 22 living on the ranch with us. When I go home, I'm a plumber and an electrician as we work on our extension. We have done pretty much all the work ourselves... from 80 yards of concrete poured a little more than a year ago to putting up the trusses (the peak of which is about 30 foot off the ground.) We have more than 30 beef cows, a milk cow, 10-15 milk goats, 2 or 3 horses, 3 dogs, some cats, pigs, sheep, turkeys, more than a hundred egg laying chickens, and about 30 kids running around the place. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe deep in my heart that living His gospel and being a part of His church is the only path to lasting happiness and joy. I know that obeying His commandments and living by His word brings peace and happiness and that disobeying His commandments and disregarding His warnings and instruction always brings unhappiness and misery in the long run. Are there struggles in my life? Of course. But I know the savior is there for me. I work each day to increase my ability to hear his voice and feel his love and slowly, bit by bit, become more like him.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday. Sometimes, that just means studying the book of mormon and saying my prayers. I love to read and listen to the words of the apostles and prophets. They speak to us every six months and give us direction and guidance, warnings and encouragement that is tailored to our time and circumstances. I feel blessed when I am asked to prepare a Sunday School lesson or give an address in church. I always feel the hand of the Lord guiding me and directing me when I am preparing to teach his children. Because of my circumstances (I live in New Mexico for three weeks and then go home for nine days in Missouri), I don't have a lot of formal church assignments, but the occasional opportunity to substitute for someone teaching a lesson is a great blessing.