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Hi I'm JoAnn

I'm a native Minnesotan, love the four seasons, taking walks, learning from nature and writing in my journal. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a Catholic home, and the summer of my junior year was introduced to the church. I was working as a nanny for relatives and found Mormon literature around the house. My asking about the Mormon info, resulted in a very late night with my cousin. His testimony and changed lifestyle interested me in studying the church. After much prayer and fasting, I gained my own testimony and succeeded in gaining the permission of my parents to be baptized. I met and married a returned missionary in my ward and we became parents of 11 children, seven boys and four girls. One of our daughters died of brain cancer at age 9, and two of our sons were born with mental and physical handicaps. I love the gospel, and don't know how I would have made it through our life challenges, without faith in Jesus Christ, the hope of Heavenly Father's Plan, and the power of the Priesthood. I have learned so many wonderful things being a member of the church. The support of the church has taught me how to be a loving wife and mother. I enjoy swimming, walking in nature, writing poetry and journal keeping. I love to dabble in landscaping and gardening. I enjoy cooking and having friends over for lunch. I feel blessed to know I am a daughter of God....and enjoy being of service to my brothers and sisters

Why I am a Mormon

Most of my memories of God as a small child were couched in FEAR. I lived in torment when I did something wrong, that I would be punished. I was also a chubby kid growing up, and felt the criticism of others....that if only I would lose weight....then I would be so much better. My esteem suffered continually to feel GOOD ENOUGH. When I learned about the church, for the first time, I really understood who I was. I was a child of God. I was his daughter and my spirit lived with him before I came here to earth. He knew me. He loved me. He was rooting for my success....and would not leave anything undone for my eternal welfare. As I read the Book of Mormon and studied the teachings of the church, more and more I found everything fit together and MADE SO MUCH SENSE. Things I have viewed as mysteries as a child and young adult....now I could understand. I know this church, is God's church, meant to unite the peoples of the world in his truth. As I watched one of my children suffer and die of cancer, it really became clear to me, the power of the gospel in this church. Her experiences with God, angels, and Jesus before she died, brought all my belief and faith to knowledge. This church inspires me to be my best self, to work dutifully on my weaknesses and pride and turn them to strengths. To find humility and meekness in my trials, as I feel drawn closer to my Father in Heaven who wants to help me and teach how to weather the tough things in my life. I have come to know the real power of Jesus' Atonement as I have felt carried above the burden of my trials...standing at the bedside of a child with a broken neck, burying another child with cancer, giving birth to a son with several physical and mental disabilities, financial downturns, health challenges....through it all, He carries me and makes me equal to the task. There is no greater power in this existance...than the power of God to lift a life, soothe a sorrow, cheer a challenge!

How I live my faith

I take very seriously the command from our Lord to LOVE ONE ANOTHER....and be our brother's keeper. I enjoy giving my life to service and teaching my children to do likewise. We spend a lot of time in our family helping people with their needs. We bake cookies, carry boxes, move furniture, clean yards, read stories, babysit children, smile and give cheer, host lunches, take meals to the sick, sew, bake, clean, declutter, transport and adopt. We want to bis HIS hands, lifting the wearing and helping the downtrodden. My calling in the church is to teach the marriage class and work in the family history library. I love to study the marriage covenant and assist families to be strong in their relationships with their spouses and their children. I have 11 children of my own, but frequently find God sending over a few extra that need a place to feel loved and safe. I love the church's programs to prepare families to be happy. We are taught continually how to love one another, serve one another and be a strength in our homes. We share recipes for the table, and even more recipes for Happiness. We learn continually from one another, and because we serve in callings where we volunteer our servies, in one instance I am teaching Sunday school, and next year I am serving as a secretary, or counseling Youth or women in our Women's program, the Relief Society. Everyone is important in the church, and we work together to help instill that feeling in everyone we have stewardships for. Some of my best friends were strangers that I was asked to go visit, to offer help in their becoming stronger in the faith. Everywhere I go, I try to make it a little better....encourage, clean up a mess, tidy a corner....Letting the light of Christ show through our works and desires of our hearts to be HIS HANDS.