What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Joe Hardy

I'm a Christian /Mormon, a husband, father, grandfather and a family doctor.

About Me

As a native Nevadan, I went to college as a Freshman with my dad as a sophomore, my mom as a professor. I love to learn and teach and continue to do so as an Associate Professor M.D. in a Jewish osteopathic medical school. I met my wife, now of 41 years on a blind date at BYU where she got her Masters in Library Science. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after a semester abroad in Israel. We have 8 great children and 19 even cuter grandchildren. We all love to read. I am a Veteran of the United States Air Force. I have a deep love of God and Country. Currently I serve as a Nevada State Senator having held various other elected positions. As a Christian, I am grateful to partner with God-fearing people of all Faiths as we ponder and work to accomplish good things in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Although taught in my youth by goodly parents, I needed to find out for myself if the Book of Mormon was true, if Joseph Smith was a Prophet and if the Gospel of Christ was restored with His Church. I have always believed, but I needed to know so I could say with confidence before I was to go on a mission. I did what I would soon be telling the people of France to do. I read the Book of Mormon, the Holy Bible and other teachings of Christ. I prayed, I fasted, and I practiced doing what was right. I had confirmation through the Holy Ghost. What's more, I still know and have had innumerable answers to prayer and sometimes answers without even asking a specific question. Now I find myself more able to serve others. I am more apt to recognize the distress in others so as to help heal the wounded heart. I understand how to better lift and sustain the hopeless. I have become, although still rough around the edges, more refined and gentle enough to have the trust of those who have been hurt. My conviction of the reality of the truth restored has made me a better person to act as His servant. I am a Christian because He has been patient and forgiving of me. Could I be any less inclined than to try to give to His other children what He has given me? I am a Mormon because He loves me and I love Him. He is my Savior and indeed the Savior of all mankind.

How I live my faith

I have the hope that I will always be worthy of being accused of being a Christian. I find public service is an extention of service to my fellowmen, my neighbors, my colleagues, my patients and my family. Many times I have enjoyed people bringing me inspired ideas and thoughts on how to make laws and regulations to help people with their problems. Family is important to me as my children have taught me more than I think I have taught them. I listen and appreciate the counsel my wife gives me, as well as some of my best humorous lines. I would like to be predictable in doing what is right. I have a unique opportunity to work with people through their grief, pain and sufferings. I have prayed for them and I know that they pray for their doctor to be guided in his evaluations and treatments. It is humbling to be the instrument of healing for people who are humble followers of Christ. I marvel how the Lord loves all of us, each and every one of us. All of us are literal spiritual children of a loving Father in Heaven. I share with people that he is indeed our Father, Jesus is His Son and we are here to have Eternal Joy. We do this by following the path Jesus shows us through past and present prophets.