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Hi I'm Joseph

I grew up in rural Utah on a farm. I'm a warm-hearted intellectual, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father. I love serving and being with my wife and son. They bring me joy everyday. My wife suffers from a chronic illness that creates a difficult challenge. Her strength and courage amaze me, and I want to be better because of her. We are optimistic and hopeful for the future. Our son loves being outside and playing in water. I love a good book, a stimulating quote or a solid speech. I have collected hundreds of quotes over several years. I seek things of substance that bring good into the world. I believe in the good in every individual and seek to compliment their virtues. I value altruism and benevolence. My favorite movies are therefore, those based on a true story that inspire the best in people. I love to organize things and eat. I served a two year mission in Seoul, Korea, where I grew to love the Korean People. I have a good sense of humor and I like to grow a beard every Thanksgiving. I love my family and think about them more than I call them. I believe that all good things come from God. And expecially the goodness of the gospel as it has all the ordinances of salvation, performed by proper authority from God. Including the sealing ordinance where families can be sealed together forever in the temple. This gospel brings great peace, perspective, and joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of Jesus Christ. I have felt His healing influence in my life because of His restored gospel and because of the joy, peace, and guidance I receive through the Holy Ghost. The companionship of the Holy Ghost is a priceless gift to members of God's restored church. Because of the Holy Ghost, I know that the future is bright. I also know that even during difficult times, I can be comforted and guided as to what to do. And because of the Holy Ghost, I can continually learn and grow in the things that will last forever. The things that I can take with me beyond this life. Including and especially my family relationships. I am a Mormon because of the steady and unaltering standards that are available to my children, if they choose them. And I am a Mormon because of the daily simple joys that come through being on the same page with my wife because of our love for God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying the scriptures and the words of living prophets every day. I serve my wife and son and seek to uplift those around me. I work in an ethical manner, even in the details when it seems all too easy to cut corners. I strive to be honest and upright with everyone I interact with. I visit two families and share messages about the restored gospel with them each month. I help them with their life challenges, including when they move. I love my country. I have a firm belief in the founding principles of this great nation and vote early and often. I greatly enjoy engaging in meaningful and respectful dialogue to share ideas and concerns with others. I have a dream that one day I might run for public office, because I feel I have something to offer the community. I have served as a teacher during church meetings, and most recently as an early morning Bible teacher to youth between the ages of 14-18. I love studying the Bible and the life of the Savior to help youth feel the truthfulness of His teachings and how He can bless their lives. I also live my faith by attending the temple where eternal ordinances are performed.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

I absolutely believe families sealed in Holy Temples will live together forever. It not only makes sense that those we love the most will continue with us after this life, but I have felt it in my heart, through specific life experiences. It's a wonderful thing. Show more Show less