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Hi I'm Joleen

I'm a PhD student. I'm a morning person. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to cook - sometimes I find myself making up recipes when my mind wanders. I would love to write a cookbook someday, or work in a test kitchen at the Food Network. I am presently pursuing my PhD in accounting, I love it. I am a school junkie. I love to travel, mostly to Europe but I would love to see South America or Asia. I love to play games, but I would not consider myself competitive. I love music, I sort of have a mini-love affair with iTunes. I am the oldest of two children. My younger sister and I are best friends. She is married now to a wonderful man and I am honored to call him my brother-in-law. I also have a cute niece and nephew that I adore! My parents and I are very close, they live in another state but we use technology to stay in touch. I served a mission for the church in Zurich Switzerland, and I love the Swiss people.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of this church, my parents were members but they did not attend regularly. As I got older life got harder, and decisions got more important, the church, and my relationship with the Lord have been my source of guidance and direction. There are experiences in life that every person must endure, death of loved ones, heartache and disappointments, but I know from personal experience that a strong foundation in Christ can make life bearable and even happy.

How I live my faith

I serve in a ward of single members of the church (we are not married). I serve as the ward employment specialist, helping members of my ward get connected to worthwhile honest work in our area. I also serve as the ward housing specialist, in a ward full of singles there is a need to help people find good roommates so I coordinate all those efforts in our ward. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is concerned with more than just the spiritual welfare of its members, temporal issues are also very important. Each day is an opportunity to live my faith. I start and end each day with prayer, speaking to the Lord has brought such peace into my life and a sense of one-ness with Him. I also spend time each day studying the scriptures and reflecting on how I can better live the gospel. I attend a weekly study class for students between the ages of 18-30 where we discuss gospel subjects. We are presently learning how to better study the scriptures, it is so wonderful to gather with other people like me and talk about the gospel, we are all good friends and we work to build each other up.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

The Bible is God's word, and an amazing testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is central to the church, and the Bible is an important source of knowledge about his life and teachings. Show more Show less

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

Mormon women are just like the women in your life. As a woman in the church I have never felt that there is a lack of equality between men and women. While it is true that women in the church do not hold the Priesthood, they have other, vital roles that they fulfill. The roles women in the church are as varied as the women who serve in them, they are leaders, they are teachers, they are mentors, they offer compassion and service, and most importantly watch over one another and all the families in the church to ensure that needs are being met and burdens lifted. That is why the women's organization in the church is called "The Relief Society." Its a marvelous thing to be a woman in the church. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons are just like most people, we have families, we go to work or school, and we try to be good neighbors. The mormon lifestyle probably doesn't differ too much from your life, for ease of comparing maybe I will just highlight the differences. Mormons believe that the church is not just a Sunday activity, we work each day at bringing spirituality into our lives, we read from the scriptures, we pray, we work on improving our family relationships, and we serve others. We attend church weekly, and we worship in holy Temples when our geographic location allows us. We live a law of health, we do not drink alcohol or coffee, we do not use illegal drugs. We do not smoke tobacco. We try to fill our lives with uplifiting entertainment, movies, books etc. Show more Show less