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Hi I'm Joseph Bentley

I am a retired lawyer. I have served the community in Jerusalem, Bulgaria, Argentina, Mexico and the USA. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I loved practicing real estate law for 35 years with Latham & Watkins, a large international law firm based in southern California. Two favorite projects were the acquisition and development of land for Pepperdine University in Malibu and for the Mormon Temple in Newport Beach. While helping my wife Marilyn raise our five children, I served my Church and community on many leadership levels. The ten years after I retired in 2003 were among my best. For a few weeks with my wife, I was a visiting professor in Sofia, Bulgaria with the Center for International Legal Studies. As a consultant for the Joseph Smith Papers Project, I co-taught a class at Brigham Young University and published articles on legal history. I served several Orange County community organizations, including Pacific Chorale, the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Sheriff's Community Coalition. Also, I was International Chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the LDS Director of Orange County Public Affairs. For 18 months, Marilyn and I served in Jerusalem at the BYU Center for Near Eastern Studies as Co-Directors of Hosting and Humanitarian Service. We now enjoy keeping up with our 17 grandkids, presiding over the Newport Beach Temple and other community functions. Life has been good to us!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon but I had to determine its truthfulness for myself by growing in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Like the Lord himself, I too "increased in wisdom and stature" by serving God and fellow man. I have discovered no better way to enrich and uplift my life than by keeping gospel standards and emulating the Savior in the way I treat others, starting with my own family. God has blessed us with new scriptures like the Book of Mormon and with sacred temple ceremonies and priesthood powers, all restored to earth by the Lord himself through modern prophets. By that means, my family and I will be bound to God, our Heavenly Father, and to each other in the household of faith, forever. For further information, call 949/262-1155 or see www.IrvineMission.com.

How I live my faith

When I live the Mormon way, I come closer to being the kind of man I need and want to be. I can have God's spirit to help solve life's problems. When I feel inadequate to my responsibilities, I do much better by living as a Mormon should. I keep my body clean as a home for my spirit. I strive to refrain from pride and impatience. I value my marriage, my family and my personal friendships, always grateful for the opportunity to give service. Above all, I strive to merit the mercy and grace of Christ by loving Him and my fellow man, without which life and good works would have no value at all.