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Hi I'm Joe

I grew up in Northumberland, I am a husband, I am a father of four boys, I am a Mormon and I LOVE IT!

About Me

I am one of 6 children. I love to play football, especially with my sons. My wife and I enjoy playing games with each other, although we are a little too competitive at times. I love the North-East of England and try to visit as often as I can. I studied Law at university and absolutely loved it, I chose not to enter the legal profession though as I felt a strong pull towards teaching....so I teach. I teach the only subject that I love more than Law and that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and feel very blessed to have that opportunity.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, my mother converted when I was very young. This doesn't mean that I didn't have my own realisation of faith. I really never questioned the truths I was taught from a young age because they just made sense to me. When I was about 16-17 I was going through a tough time much like most teenagers do I guess. I wasn't following all of the counsel I had been given by my parents and that led me to be unhappy. I turned to the Book of Mormon for guidance, I went to a wood near my home where I could be alone and read of the experience of a young man named Alma. As I read of his experience as he sought forgiveness for his sins I felt a real affinity with him. I did as he describes and "cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy upon me, who am in the gall of bitterness." When I had prayed I had the same experience Alma had: "When I thought this, I could remember my pains no more...And...my soul was filled with joy." I felt forgiveness for my sins and knew (and still know) that Jesus Christ is my Saviour and Redeemer and that the book which was a catalyst for this experience was and is the Word of God. Once I knew these things, I knew I had to live true to the doctrines and principles found in the Book of Mormon and this church for the rest of my life. Not just because I had been taught to but because my personal experience taught me that this path would give me the most joy, and it has! As I strive daily to be true to the knowledge I have received I am blessed not with a life which is free of pain, difficulty and suffering but with the capacity to overcome the problems we all face in this life. I want everyone to have access to this great enabling power, which is why I seek to share my faith with everyone I meet.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. One of the characteristics of the church is that we are not just a weekend church. My faith shapes what I do all week but if I were to summarise how I live my faith, I would maybe put it in two categories: My Family I believe that we are born into families so that we can help each other learn and grow as we follow the counsel of our Heavenly Father. So my faith moulds my relationships with my family. It helps deepen my love for them as I consider each person as a loved son or daughter of Heavenly Father. It helps me learn to be more patient and forgiving with them and helps them forgive me for my mistakes. I pray regularly and read the scriptures both by myself and together as family. We try to follow the guidance we receive so that we can experience the happiness and peace that Heavenly Father promises. At Church I do a lot of work with young men who are 12-18 organising fun, inspiring and uplifting activities (at least I hope they are). I try and support them as best I can and always hope they know I am available to help with any questions or concerns they may have. I love to work with young people they have a vitality and vigour which is infectious. I love to learn from them as they seek to live their faith at a time when it can be difficult to stand up for what they believe is right.