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Hi I'm Joe

I'm a professional counselor. I also have my own business in digital video production, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 40-something, white, married male who is employed full-time at the local public mental health center. I've worked as a mental health therapist for many years. There are days when I love my job and there are days when I wish I could retire tomorrow. I met my wife at BYU and we have two amazing children. There is nothing I enjoy more than being a dad and there is no one I love more than my wife. I enjoy hiking through slot canyons, mountain biking, and playing sports and games with friends and family. My favorite hobby is videography. I just started my own side business in video production and have been making commercials and editing video for internet advertisement. I've really enjoyed it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born Mormon. Both my parents were Mormon and their parents were Mormon and their parents were Mormon. You get the picture. My ancestors were among the Mormon pioneers who crossed the plains in the 1850's and settled Utah. A better question for me is "Why am I still a Mormon?" I can't say. Words don't do it justice. It's a feeling. When I'm serving my family, when I'm serving my neighbors, when I'm reading the word of God, when I'm hearing a modern day prophet speak, when I'm attending church...I get this feeling of peace and joy. I'm so happy and living the gospel as taught by living prophets just keeps me staying happy. I know I have felt something--that I can't deny. I can't prove God exists or that Joseph Smith was prophet of God, but I can say with certainty that when I read the Book of Mormon, I feel right. That's good enough for me. It all centers around Jesus Christ and His atonement, sacrifice, and resurrection. As I study the words of the prophets, the Book of Mormon, and go to church, I get to know Christ better. As I know Him and his gospel better, I'm happier and am more successful in my ability to solve life's problems as they come. I've noticed when I try to live life without Christ, things don't go well and that good feeling goes away. It's very important to me to keep my life in accordance with Christ's teachings.

How I live my faith

You would know I'm a person of faith by the way I spend my time. Every morning before breakfast we have family prayer. Every morning before we go to bed we read the scriptures and have family prayer. We never miss church on Sunday no matter where we are. We love the spiritual renewal it give us. So, even if we're on vacation, if it's Sunday, we'll find a local LDS congregation to attend. Sunday morning is my favorite. I sleep in a little and then spend time alone pondering the word of God. At 9:30 I turn on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Broadcast and turn up the volume so our house is filled with the sounds of praise. I was asked and I accepted to serve as the president of the young men organization for our church. That means that I help oversee the training of other young men leaders including scouting. Our church has adopted the Boy Scouts of America as the activity program for young men. As a young men president I'm responsible to serve as a unit commissioner in the BSA. That means I get to spend time visiting scout troops and being a small part of their programs. I love what I'm learning and I've been so impressed with what the BSA teaches.