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Hi I'm Joseph

I live in North Carolina with my incredible wife and our adorable baby girl. Life is amazing, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents are great examples to me of faith, patience, and humor. Growing up, life was full of adventures with my siblings, frequent visits to the pet store (and the 'pet graveyard'), and enjoying activities such as soccer, track, and songwriting. In college I studied exercise science and music, and from 2006-2008 I had the wonderful opportunity of serving a mission in Brasil. In 2010 my wife and I were married, and since then we've traveled to Italy and Switzerland, finished graduate school, moved across the country, and become happy sleep-deprived parents of a charming little girl. My wife works as a school psychologist, and I very recently finished physician assistant school. I'm excited to begin working soon in an ear, nose, and throat practice here in town.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised a Mormon, I have had ample opportunity throughout my life to closely examine what I believe and why I believe it. In college I learned about the great philosophers and their efforts to explain how we know what we think we know. I was especially intrigued with Rene Descartes, who recognized that his beliefs were heavily influenced by those who preceded him. He tried to forget everything he'd been taught and start examining his beliefs from the ground up, introducing the idea of 'cogito ergo sum' (I think, therefore I am). Over many months I conducted a similar experiment myself. As I considered who I am, I realized that although I have a tangible body and a mind with which I think, there is more to me than just that... I have had too many experiences that cannot be explained by mind or body alone to refute that there must be a spiritual component to my being as well. I was able to realize that I do indeed deeply believe that God is real, and that he is our creator. I believe that the spiritual experiences we have are evidences of his love for us, and that throughout time he has reached out to his children to teach us how to live happy, fulfilling lives. I believe that God does not intend for us to be confused and conflicted regarding how we should live our lives. I believe that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to show us the way and die for our sins, giving himself that we might be forgiven through repentance, through a change of heart and mind. I believe that Jesus Christ established his church and his Gospel here on the earth, but that his teachings were corrupted and misconstrued over the centuries following his death and resurrection. I am a Mormon because I believe that in 1820 these truths were restored - that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon is a true record of the teachings of God on the American continent - an affirmation that what the Bible teaches us of Christ is indeed true.

How I live my faith

I believe that being a follower of Christ means seeing others as children of God and treating them as such. I try to do that in my interactions with others, and though I fall short I hope that people feel comfortable and respected around me. It really bugs me when people are gossiping or picking on others, and I try to change the subject or be a peacemaker when I have the opportunity to do so. In my local church congregation I currently serve as the Bishop's executive secretary, which is a fascinating role as I am able to see firsthand how much time and effort our local church leaders put into serving us without financial compensation. I also arrange appointments for members who would like to talk with our Bishop about spiritual or other personal matters.