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Hi I'm Joel

I am a husband, father, and student at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful woman and we have two beautiful daughters and are anticipating the birth of our third child in May 2014. Our family recently started a new era, in which I am in the second of four years of professional school to become an Optometrist. We are continuing to figure out the school/family time balance. When I do get to spend time with my family my oldest (2 years old) daughter and I enjoy watching the Lakers, Buckeyes, or Broncos, and as of late Megamind (which she asks to watch daily). We also take walks together, go to the zoo, and play catch (my 2 year old daughter throws really well, but we are still working on the catch part). As a family we always make time to have a family night each week where we get to have fun, teach and learn from one another. I love going to the gym and get there as often as possible. Every once in a while I get to enjoy a round of golf with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was fourteen years old my grandpa passed away. I had not lost any family member to death up until that point nor since that time. I then began to question what was to become of my grandpa and if I would ever be able to see him again. I had never given this any serious thought before. I had always been taught I would be reunited with my family after I die. It wasn't until know that I began to wonder how this could be so. Over the next few years I began to study the Bible and the Book of Mormon. It wasn't until I kneeled several times in prayer to ask our Father in Heaven if that which I read of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon was true that I received a powerful confirming witness that indeed the words contained in the Book of Mormon are true, that Jesus Christ did come to the earth and was crucified for us and atoned for our sins. I knew that our Heavenly Father created a plan, that if we will follow it we can once again be reunited with those we love after this life. This was the beginning of my testimony that God really does love us, that we are His children, and that he has put prophets here on earth to lead us safely back home to Him. Since this time I have been able to continue my personal relationship with our Heavenly Father as I continue to ask for guidance and further knowledge of His plan. I know there is a prophet sent by God on earth today and that he receives revelation from God, just as the prophets of old. I am so grateful for this knowledge and for the knowledge that my family can be together forever as we follow the Lord's commandments.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to volunteer in many capacities within my community and with members of the congregation I am a part of. My favorite times are those I get to spend teaching and building up the young men and young women. It is great to be able to see a young person learn their responsibility to friends, family, and those less fortunate than them and then act upon that knowledge of their responsibilities. I have recently accepted a new responsibility which offers me the opportunity to work with the adult men of our congregation. It is my challenge now to figure out how to help make good men better, something I try to do myself each day.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a directive from God pertaining to the use and ingestion of items into our bodies. While the effects of the substances outlined in the Word of Wisdom (Tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, coffee and tea) have been greatly studied in the past few decades, this law was given to the Prophet Joseph Smith about 180 years ago in 1833. The directive was to abstain from the afore mentioned items, while nourishing our bodies with grains, fruits, vegetables, and sources of protein. Blessings are promised to those who follow this command that pertain to physical health as well as spiritual health. If you think about it, it just makes sense that one would be more capable of deciphering spiritual matters if not under the influence of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and the like. These items alter the central nervous system and therefore our perception of things. Show more Show less