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Hi I'm Joann

I'm a sister and musician. I'm an EMT and OIF veteran. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a place where there's lots of farmland and very few neighbors. As I got older, I realized that the "country ways" that I learned were very different than those around me. I was taught the value of hard work and the importance of family relationships. I entered military service after high school following the footsteps of other family members. Shortly after that, I joined the church in 2004 and am the only member in my immediate family. Although, at times there have been trials because of my military service and being a member of the church, both have been a source of many blessings in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the church because I wanted to change my life. After high school, I was starting down a path that others in my family had taken and that I didn't want to continue on. During my initial entry training for the military, I had experiences that made me realize that I needed to find a religion. I was raised in a family that believed in God, but none of us had an affiliation with any church. My parents wanted me to choose for myself what to believe or not believe. They had been raised catholic and it wasn't an option for them. They didn't want their children to go through the same experience. So, after seeing the example of two of my aunts (they had been members for several years), I decided to investigate the church. As I learned about the church, I found that the questions I had since childhood were being answered and the answers made sense. As I neared the end of the missionary discussions, I realized that this was the true church. There are still times that I may not understand something that is taught, but if I study it out in my mind and pray about it, I receive understanding and answers from Heavenly Father when the time is right. Because of my membership, I have become interested in learning about my ancestors. As I learn about who they were and where they came from, I have felt their presence in my life. I have discovered that I share similar looks, talents, and other attributes with them. My mother has, in turn, also become interested in learning about her family. I know in my heart and mind that this is the only true church on earth. I also know that as I follow the example of Jesus Christ and strive to live by His teachings, my life will be blessed and I will have the opportunity to return to His and Heavenly Father's presence.

How I live my faith

I live my faith my going to church meetings and serving others, both in the church and community. One my church callings in the past was to visit with women that are assigned to me on a regular basis. During these visits, we discuss gospel principles and any needs that she may have. Since all women in the church are assigned visiting teachers, we are given the opportunity to strengthen and support one another as we serve. I have also served a mission for the church.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Absolutely not! The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are prohibited from having more than one wife (or husband.) Those that do are excommunicated (lose membership) from the church. There are some individuals that choose to practice this and call themselves "mormons", but they really are not members of this church. Show more Show less