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Hi I'm Joe

I love making movies, surfing, snowboarding, Mexican food, and laughing with my wife and son. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love long walks on the beach, candlelight dinners, oh wait, wrong kind of profile :). But seriously, I love having fun--any kind of it--especially if it involves a board (surfboard, skateboard, wakeboard, snowboard). I also really love riding dirt bikes and mountain bikes on less than flat terrain--and anything that is high adventure. I am blessed to be currently living my dream of attending a Graduate Program in Los Angeles and getting my MFA in screenwriting and I am excited to dedicate a good portion of my life to telling stories that are hopefully entertaining and worthwhile. But the best part about me is my family. My wife is super rad and my son is probably the coolest 1.5 year old you will ever meet. They both make me happier than I ever thought possible--most days lol.

Why I am a Mormon

I actually grew up in an LDS/Mormon home BUT, when I was about 14 my mom got sick and was put in the hospital and was expected to die. My mom didn't die but my parents got a divorce and my mom ended up in a wheelchair. I couldn't see how a loving God could do something like that to such a wonderful person as my mom. She definitely didn't deserve what she "got" and I couldn't see how my dad could divorce her if he really believed in what the church teaches about eternal families... Long story short, I didn't really feel like going to church after all that and my parents didn't really push it on me so I just stopped going. I honestly had never taken the time to find out for myself if it was true or important. A few years past and when I was in college I started to wonder what the point of all this was. Was it just to make money, have some fun, have a family and then die to nothing? I had become agnostic and possibly atheistic for a moment there and, even though I had everything the world told me I needed to be happy (cool car, friends, money, job, education, etc) I felt empty inside. I'll never forget asking my mom why SHE was happier than ME yet she had so much less than I. She had been divorced, couldn't walk, couldn't do any of these things anymore yet here I had everything and clearly she had a glow about her that I didn't have. She had something I didn't have that made her happy and I wondered what it was. She told me it was her testimony in Jesus Christ and, to be honest, at first I thought she was a crazy person. But as they say, "the seed was planted" and I went back to school and thought about what she said. I figured I'd give it a try and I read the book of Mormon for the first time. I can honestly say that book changed my life. I read it in 3 weeks because I was so amazed at what it contained and I couldn't believe I had taken it for granted all those years and never even opened it up to read with real intent. Anyway, as they say, the rest is history.

How I live my faith

I'm a work in progress. I take comfort in that whole idea of Matthew 9:12 "They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick." I definitely need God's help to make the most of my life. And I try to reach out to him and let him have an affect on my by doing my best to attend church regularly, pray and read scriptures daily and keep the commandments. I've noticed over the years that, surprisingly enough, those little things make a big difference in my happiness. As far as serving in the church goes, I've mostly worked with the younger boys ages 12-18. I have been an assistant scout master, scout master and now was recently asked to volunteer in the church with the Varsity Scout Program in the Inglewood area of Los Angeles, California. We currently have about 85 boys from ALL walks of life and I'm excited to plan high adventures for/with them in the very near future.