Hi I'm Joan
I was born in NYC and grew up in Florida. My husband & I served a Church mission in Africa and I'm a Mormon.
I grew up in St. Augustine, Florida (the oldest city in the U.S.) and enjoyed playing on a large 400 year-old Spanish fort when I was a child. My parents built an ocean-front home when I was young and fostered a life long love of the beach. After marrying in 1962, I became the mother of six children and was able to travel around the world as an Army officer's wife. Divorced in 1997, I moved to Utah and eventually re-married in 2008. After 15 years of working with a company which produced online foreign language courses, I retired in 2011 and am currently serving a 2-yr mission with my husband in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa Mission. To relax, I love being on the beach, playing volleyball, reading and listening to classical music
I turned away two missionaries rather abruptly in 1962, but was so impressed with their sincere good wishes that, five yrs later, I let the next two speak with me. When they gave me a Book of Mormon & asked me to read it & pray about it, I did so & then could not deny the absolute confirmation that it WAS true. Since that time, I have never looked back & have been blessed in ways & times too numerous to count. I know now, even more than I did then, that the Book of Mormon is God's word and that it came through His prophet, Joseph Smith, and that the Church he organized is THE Church of Jesus Christ.
I have served my communities by presenting a slide presentation to civic and service organizations, on the Constitution's 200th birthday; by organizing a county-wide "Family of the Year" program; by participating in various efforts to prepare school kits or quilts for humanitarian projects; and by serving in several Church and civic organizations devoted to the welfare of families and individuals. I have tried to be a good example of what a Latter Day Saint professes, by being kind, patient, faithful, compassionate, honest, and by serving others. My husband and I have now been called to serve a 2-yr mission to Africa, a place I never thought I'd see in my lifetime. We are serving in an office as part of the support staff for the Mission President, who oversees the 160 missionaries in this area. The missionaries are helping people find happiness and a better way of life and we feel a part of that great effort.