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Hi I'm Joe Metro

I grew up in Southern California, I love to laugh and make people laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with 6 children. My wife and I are happily married, though polar opposites (she loves to read and study, where I am a huge sports fan). Our main commonalities, raising children within the confines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, have created an eternal bond. We love being together and with our children. We laugh together often, and plan on being together forever. I am an auctioneer, and also install captioning telephones for the hearing-impaired. I love to hear and tell clean jokes, and feel that laughter helps with a lot of ills in life. I speak/read/write fluent Spanish, which has opened beautiful doors for me to some of the most beautiful cultures this world offers. I also play the saxaphone, and love to sing barbershop and other music with harmonies.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a loving Catholic family, the 6th of 7 children. My parents took my oldest 4 siblings to Mass weekly before I was born, but stopped going due to my mother's failing health. After a move during my middle school years I met a young man, Scott, who was a Mormon. He was the most shy person I'd ever met, but lived the best of anyone I had ever met. He didn't swear, he did his homework, obeyed his parents and didn't speak unkindly of anyone (which was rare for an 8th grader). I found myself wanting to be more like him. He eventually mustered the courage to invite me to church activities, and finally the missionary discussions (a series of lessons about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). I accepted, and in the very first discussion learned about The First Vision. Joseph Smith, a 14 year old boy from upstate New York, wanted to know what church to join and went into a grove of trees to ask God based on a scripture he'd read in the Holy Bible's New Testament (James 1:5). When he did so he received a visit from our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. After the discussion they showed me a film, "The First Vision." At the end of the film Joseph was portrayed leaving the grove of trees where he prayed and running towards his home. Music began playing and a narrator said, basically, that after centuries, God again spoke to mankind. Right then I felt and incredible surge of warmth and started crying. I was next to my now best friend, and felt a little embarrassed, not knowing what it was I was feeling. The missionaries explained to me that it was the influence of the Holy Ghost witnessing to me that Joseph Smith, indeed, saw The Father and The Son. I accepted, and had the privilege of having Scott perform it just days after he received the authority to do so as a Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood. I am so grateful to God for the precious gift of the gospel, and His Son, Jesus Christ. My life is filled with unspeakable joy and peace.

How I live my faith

I try to start each day reading the scriptures, the word of God. It helps me feel His love, and the love of His Son, Jesus Christ. I write in a personal journal, which helps me express gratitude to God and see patterns of life, as well to record spiritual (and other) experiences for my posterity. I have had many callings in our church which have helped me to lose myself in the service of others. Some of these callings include scoutmaster, youth leader, home teacher, bishop (twice), missionary (formally to Bolivia, informally everyday to friends and family), Sunday school teacher, seminary teacher and priesthood leader. Going to church weekly helps reconfirm my faith and testimony, as well as recharge my spiritual batteries to face the world each week.