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Hi I'm Joanna Short

I grew up in Essex, and now live in the North. I love to make friends and be of help in the community. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to laugh, especially with my family. I am a mother of 5. Three boys, Two girls. One of my boys has special needs and that is when my sense of humour and ability to laugh at myself comes in very handy. I love to read, and do so all the time. There is always a book in my bag. I am married to a great man who loves me and I know this is really corny, but he really is my best friend. When I was growing up I was very close to one of my Granddads. He had two horses and we used to spend a lot of time together looking after them. I love to go for walks, it reminds me of long days spent outside. I have three sisters , we are very close, however not close in distance. I miss them all very much. I am a breastfeeding helper, with a breastfeeding charity. I have really been able to learn so much more about listening through doing my training for this role.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was 5 years old. I have vivid memories of being young. I remember before my parents joined the church, sundays were sad days. My parents seemed to fight on sundays. I remember my parents taking me to church's in their search for the truth. I only remember two. The first was a church near our home. I remember being put in a room with other children, given some crayons and paper. I didn't like it and told my mum so. Then one sunday my parents attended the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was taken to what we call Primary. Basically childrens sunday school. I Loved it and I felt so good. They Joined the church, and all though I prayed for comfirmation of the truthfulness of th gospel for myself as I grew up. I know that at the age of 5, I knew that I had found were I wanted to be. That was the start of what has develped to be a strong Love for my Heavenly father and Jesus. The start of a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Oh and sundays were much happier days after that.

How I live my faith

I like simple things, and that is how the gospel is to me. I live the gospel every day in small and simple ways. My greatest blessing is knowing that I am a daughter of God. It gives me great peace and self worth. This in turn helps me to be more patient with others and love others better.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Joanna Short
I know that I am a daughter of God, I have always felt my Heavenly Fathers love in my life. As women we are repeatedly told over and over again. How important we are to our Heavenly Father and how the men in our lives should treat us with respect and love. As women we have a great role to play in moving the Lords kingdom forward. We work equally with the men of the church. I have had many experiences when a man in the church has really thoughtfully looked for counsel and taken on board the things I have to say in meeting. We call ourselves Sister in the church. We really do look out for each other, we have a wonderful programme called Visiting Teaching, this is how we look out for each sisters needs. Two sisters who work together look after a number of sisters. Visiting and helping them when needed. I feel so blessed to know and feel loved by so many women. Show more Show less