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Hi I'm Joe

I grew up an "Army brat", from everywhere, I'm a husband, dad, youth sports coach, cancer survivor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up all over the US and even lived in Greece for a time as a teenager. My dad was in the Army and then worked as a contractor for the Government, which meant we moved A LOT. I was the youngest of six children, 7 years younger than my next closest sibling. Because I moved so much I learned quickly how to make friends. After High School I served a mission for the LDS Church in Kentucky for two years and loved it. When I returned I played and went to school, in that order, at the University of Utah, where I met and married my wonderful wife. We have four wonderful children that have brought us more joy than we could have hoped for. I enjoy coaching youth sports, Scouting, being with my family, and am a big sports fan, mostly football. My family is where I like to spend any free time I have. Professionally, I’m a Sr. IT Project Director.

Why I am a Mormon

On my father’s side of the family, my genealogy goes back to the earliest days of the Mormon Church, my mom’s family is the first generation of members. While growing up we moved A LOT so it required me to do two things, first to learn how to make friends quickly and second to know who I am. The first was never a big deal for me; I like to talk and am good with people. The second took some understanding for what it meant to know who I am. I was always raised with the values taught by the Church and found as I read and prayed about the Book of Mormon, my heart was full. Still, I looked and studied other religions, looking to see if any of them had logical answers to the questions of where I came from, why I’m here, and what happens after death. I found that no other religion had the answers I could find in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While this logical answer provided some comfort, the feeling that spoke to my heart when I prayed about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith are what keep my Testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ grounded. The Gospel guides every part of my life, from coaching youth sports to my professional life. Most everyone who knows me, knows about my Church, my faith, and my love for my family.

How I live my faith

The gospel is part of every area of my life. The gospel is part of who I am and thereby impacts all that I do. I do my best to reflect my beliefs in all my actions and the example I set. Through my professional life and my personal life most everyone who knows me understands that my family and faith come first in my life. What I love about the Gospel is that it is a practical life guide. It teaches us how we should live our lives and guides us in all our decision making. The process of life becomes clear as I live my life in accordance with the teachings of Christ. By putting "first things first", the remaining elements of life fall into place. I can attribute all my successes in life to how I have chosen to live my faith. This includes the best part of my life and that is my wife and family.