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Hi I'm Joseph

My wife and I are retired educators. We look forward to the opportunity of sharing the gospel and serving others around the world.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in south Salt Lake. I served a mission to Sydney Australia. I have complete my education at Utah State University and an MS at Brigham Young University. I met my wife at USU and we have been married for 44 years. We have three children and one sweet grand child. Our greatest hope for our children is that they will understand the importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. We pray that they will keep themselves clean from the temptations of the world. We know that it is only by following the example and doctrines of Christ that they will find true joy and happiness in their lives. I have been an educator, teaching at the high school, technical college, and serving as an administrator for 39 1/2 years. My wife and I love to travel. We have seen much of our country including Alaska and Hawaii. We have also visited the UK, France, Germany, Austria. We recently returned from a visit to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. This trip has been enlightening and help us gain a greater and deeper appreciation for our Savior, the land and people he taught, and the sacrifice He made for all mankind. We know that the Savior's plan sets a pattern of life that is appropriate for all mankind whether they accept him as the Son of Our Living God or not. I can testify that Christ has blessed my life, lifted my spirits, and gives us hope for a b

Why I am a Mormon

I was was blessed to be born in a Mormon community surrounded by good people. Although my father was less active my mother was diligent in seeing that we had religious experiences in our developing years. After reporting to serve in the Sydney Australia mission, I realized that I was serving on borrowed light from my mother and church and priesthood leaders. After considerable time on my knees, I was blessed to receive a distinct and clear answer that filled my bosom that the Book of Mormon was true. And if that was so, then it had been delivered by a prophet of God, Joseph Smith. And that if Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet, the scriptures, doctrines and power to preform the saving ordinance of the gospel were indeed restored to the earth.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it is important that we remember The two great commandments: Love the Lord Thy God Love thy neighbor Daily prayer, Faith, Scripture study and service in the church help us develop and manifest our love for God. Being kind, courteous and willing to extend your time and talents to help others is an opportunity to show our love for our neighbors. I strive to be a better person and worthy of the blessing of My God and Savior by striving to live my life in such a manner.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Joseph
A clearer understanding of the scriptures is one greatest of the blessings of the restoration. As children of our Father above, we have been sent to this earth. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, fell from Grace with god when they choose to partake of the fruit of a tree they had been instructed not to partake of. It was the wisdom and understanding of mother Eve that lead to that great even. It was that event that brought upon man mortality and the power of parenthood. Adam and Eve where now able to multiply and replenish the earth as they were instructed. Adam and Eve had been instructed that if they should partake of that fruit they should surely die. With mortality also came the death of the physical body. But they also experience and spiritual death, being separated from the presence of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Christ came to earth as a gift from the Father to save men from both the physical and spiritual death. Through Christ grace and sacrifice, all men are promised that they may rise from the grave with eternal bodies as a result of Christ's resurrection. But what of this spiritual death? Our purpose in being sent down and given a mortal body is to prove ourselves. All men are imperfect and if held to the standard, "Be ye perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect" all of us would fall short. Christ has paid the price for each of us in our less imperfect state. And thus, "it is by grace that "we" are saved after all that "we" can do". Show more Show less