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Hi I'm Joseph

I grew up in Texas, Wisconsin, and Ohio. I enjoy playing every sport except hockey and Lacrosse. I'm a mormon.

About Me

The major sports I enjoy most are, in order of preference, basketball, volleyball, football, and american football. I am an eagle scout, a brother to 8 siblings (9 kids, yes all from the same parents, no divorces, no twins), and a fan of Ewan Mcgregor. The words I repeat in the back of my head most often are: "Try to be the best me I can be," and "Shoot, why is everyone staring at me, being a klutz is hard." I repeat the first phrase most often because that is my motto for life. If you aren't helping, you are hurting and you need to be taught how to help. I am an eagle scout, and enjoy the outdoors if there is no forecast for severe weather. I lived through a tornado when I was 11 years old living in Wisconsin. The house across the street was completely removed from it's foundation. Our house was completely undamaged except for the 2x4 that went through the girls upstairs bedroom. It was truly a miracle, and I will always remember my prayer that my father asked me to give, was answered, and I was meant to live to see another day. That really is the only near-death experience I've had, and it changed me, some ways for good, some ways not.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it is the logical choice. As well as the fact that I believe it is true. Where logic and reason peacefully combine with spiritual truths, there can be no disbelief. Logically, I would much rather live my life with a passion to be my best, and a will to act upon the beliefs of a religion that does no evil, than to be persuaded that life is meaningless and there is no God. I promise you there is a God, who is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omnivorous...oops....omniscient I mean, and He sees all our mistakes and flaws and loves us unconditionally, whether we choose to follow Him or not. Spiritually, I have felt and seen the good in the people of the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am in shock when I see so many people in the church give so much to help one another, both physically and spiritually.

How I live my faith

I was the classic mormon that did not grow up in Utah, meaning I was each of the young men's president or first counselor, and did home teaching with my dad. I remember my dad always volunteered me for things growing up. It taught me that if you are able, you need to be willing. Sometimes I was unwilling. Thankfully I was dragged along nonetheless, and through the years I am slowly starting to respect service with less grumblings, and more willingness.