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Hi I'm Joel

I'm an army BRAT and a navy veteran. I'm an EMS helicopter pilot, husband, father of four, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Home is where your heart is. I've moved many times in my life due to the military careers of my father and later myself. I've seen many beautiful parts of the Earth and even dreamed of seeing it from space. My priorities changed when I got married. I'm a family man. I love my wife and our four children. Although I feel honored to have served my country, I gave up my career in the United States Navy to be with my family. My job as an EMS helicopter pilot allows me to come home almost every day and still serve my community. Nothing is more enjoyable to me than being with my family. I am also a dog lover and have two great dogs. My hobbies include gardening and woodworking. Although I'm still a novice in both categories, the challenge and the joy of small successes keeps me motivated to keep trying. I also enjoy the outdoors, running, and trying new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that God has a plan for his children, that Jesus Christ is central to His plan as our Saviour and Redeemer, and that Christ's church has been restored to the Earth. I want to be considered a true disciple of Jesus Christ (not in the eyes of men, but in the eyes of God). I have come closer to God by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I grew up as an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My father joined the church at the age of 18 and my mother came from a long line of members. Largely because of my dad's conversion story and the mission he served after being a member for such a short time, I wanted to be a missionary from my earliest memory. It was in the missionary training center in Provo, UT that the foundation of my testimony became sure. I knew God lived and heard my prayers and I felt that I was doing what God wanted me to do. It was when I was being taught how to teach about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, that I realized I needed to truly know for myself that these things were true and from God. I realized that in order to be a missionary I needed to not have any doubt about the church and the gospel I was to preach. I decided to pray and accept God’s answer, regardless of the consequences. If the answer was no, I was resolved to go home and seek the truth wherever it could be found, or else if the answer was yes I would continue in my calling as missionary and testify boldly of what I had received from God. In a very personal and sacred way, God answered my sincere prayer. I know that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. I know that he was a true prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon is true. I have testified of it's truthfulness to many people and God continues to reaffirm its truthfulness to me over and over. I know that anyone can find out for themselves these same things, if they are willing to seek and accept God’s answer through prayer.

How I live my faith

My faith runs deep, and yet it continues to grow through my life's experiences. I know that God lives and loves me and I feel that love in unexpected ways and at seemingly random times. Although I don't broadcast my faith or my religion, I don't try to hide it either. That others were observing my actions was first made clear to me as a 19-year-old midshipman, when I sat down read a John Grisham novel at the stern of a training ship during my summer training. Within a few minutes a group of my peers who I barely knew were gathered around me asking me questions like, "was I going to serve a mission?" or "what do Mormons believe?" I was amazed that their first question wasn't, "are you a Mormon?" I did serve a mission (Argentina) and grew to love the people I served. I have served in many different capacities in the church as I've bounced around the country, including working with the teenagers and boy scouts, teaching Sunday school to adults and children, as counselor to bishops, a temple worker in the Orlando temple, and a family history consultant. Currently, I am a ward missionary and I delight in working with the young full-time missionaries, the recent converts, and those investigating our church. The church gives me many opportunities to serve others and to teach my children to serve. My six-year-old son was beside himself with joy for letting him join me in helping a family move from an apartment to their new home. Serving others definitely brings joy.