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Hi I'm Joan

I grew up in California. I was baptized in Canada. I'm a daughter, sister, aunt, and mom. I'm single. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the single mother of two adult children of whom I am very proud. I work full-time as an export compliance and sales analyst manager for a manufacturing company in Wisconsin. I love to spend time with my friends and family as often as possible. I read as much as I can and I am currently spending as much time as I am able tracing my genealogy. I am a first generation member of the church.

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout my life I had searched and longed for peace. Like anyone else, I had dealt with adversity and questioned my existence many times. I always wondered if there was something, anything more. I had attended many churches always searching for the peace I so desperately longed for. I investigated different religions and sects hoping to find the answer to the question - Why am I here? I had made many poor decisions in my life and they seemed to be finally catching up with me. Then, at the darkest moment of my life, when I really did not want to live any longer, the Book of Mormon was opened to me and I found peace in its pages. I became aware of Heavenly Father's plan and his personal knowledge of me! I attended church and for the first time I experienced the feeling of having come home. I was engulfed in an indescribable warmth that seemingly washed over me. I knew in my heart I had finally found the peace I so desperately wanted and needed. That was nearly fifteen years ago. While life has been far from perfect since the day I was baptized, I still have peace. I have been able to grow in ways I never thought possible and do things I thought I never would. I continue to learn more about Heavenly Father and his relationship with each of us and I know I will spend the rest of my life doing so.

How I live my faith

I strive to remember the many blessings that Heavenly Father has given to me and express my gratitude for them each day by sharing with others. It may be as simple as a warm smile and a kind word, but I want to continue to try to live my life in humility and gratitude. I study the scriptures, pray and attend church that I may be able to always remember the Savior and His willing sacrifice for me. I am very busy serving as an adult Sunday school teacher. I teach the adults each Sunday, prayerfully preparing that I may be able to help them better understand the scriptures. As we understand the scriptures and learn how their words provide us answers to our questions today, it allows all of us to grow closer to our Heavenly Father. Most of all, it gives me the opportunity to express my love for others, how much each of us are loved by our Heavenly Father and how great is His desire for each of us to return to him.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The bible teaches us that no unclean thing may enter the presence of God. Through the process of repentance, we are able to be clean. In so doing on an ongoing basis, living the commandments and doing all that we are asked to do, we are able to enter into the temple. Nothing secret happens in the temple however something incredibly sacred does. This "something" is sacred ordinances we believe we must have in order to enter back into the presence of our Heavenly Father. Because we believe these ordinances to be sacred, we don't discuss them outside of the temple although we do discuss their purpose. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormons believe that the Bible is Holy Scripture and the word of God. We believe that through the revelation of prophets and apostles we have received the gift of additional sacred writings. These sacred writings are scripture and can help us come to know God, His love for each of His children and His teachings. As Latter-day Saints we accept the following books as scripture: The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, a record of God’s dealings with the inhabitants of ancient America (2000 BC – 400 AD). The Doctrine and Covenants, a collection of revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment and regulation of the Church of Jesus Christ in the last days (1830 AD – 1978 AD). The Pearl of Great Price, a selection of revelations, translations, and writings of Joseph Smith. Each of these sacred writings help us understand our purpose in life, the plan that Heavenly Father has for each of us and how deeply we are loved by Him. Scriptures provide us with examples of how to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God. Show more Show less