Hi I'm Jo
I enjoy genealogy, both teaching and volunteering in Family History Center. I met my husband (Jim) at a singles dance in Tempe, AZ. He was taking lessons from the Missionaries at the time and I had been a member 10 years. We were both 63 yrs. old. Both of us had been in unhappy marriages before. After 3 months, we married and have been enjoying our lives together for 18 wonderful years. We have learned so much about love in a home and the results of obedience to the Lord's commandments. We have had "callings" (jobs) in the church that have enriched our lives. My favorite was in partnership with my husband teaching primary children aged 9 years. We moved to Vancouver, WA in December of 2014 to be near our children in these our latter days. Our new ward welcomed us warmly and now we have a new family ward.
Why I am a Mormon
After searching many other churchs, ( Baptist, Catholic, where I attended a parochial school for 4 years, Lutheran, as well as several non-denominational) I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be the most truthful. I took the challenge the Missionaries gave me to read the Book of Mormon and had a burning in my chest with a thought that this was a true church of God.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Because there is a strong desire in the hearts to be of service to help others. The related rewards of those who share their mission experiences stirs the heart even more.
How I live my faith
I have a Visiting Teaching list of 5 sisters that I visit with and my husband has a list of 7 he visits with. We have companions that go with us. We have had several church "jobs" that have taught us so much and changed our lives in a wonderful way. I look forward to what the Lord has for me to do next. For the past 4 years I have been doing the indexing/arbitration of Census, passenger ship manifests, military cards, etc. which are available to anyone, FREE, who are searching for their ancestors. It is a very fulfilling and interesting activity. I have learned about other countries/states in the 1800's that I did not know before.