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Hi I'm BettyJo

I am a Mormon, I raised 6 beautiful, successful children as a single mother.

About Me

I have been a Travel Agent since 1979 and have been so fortunate to have traveled to destinations all over the world. I currently work from home as an Independent Travel Consultant for Folsom Travel. I am the mother of 6 children and 4 stepchildren, and grandmother of 26 and great-grandmother of 3. I am a caretaker for my husband and I am the ward Family History Specialist as well as Serving a mission for familysearch.org for the past 16 months. As a missionary I answer phones and help patrons with their family tree.

Why I am a Mormon

It makes me happy to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have a strong testimony from personal experience of the truthfulness of the gospel. Having been inactive for 20 years, I had to start at the beginning as a new convert. Then in 1999 I married my husband, an active faithful Catholic, who grew up in a Catholic Orphanage, before serving 24 years in the Marine Corps, and another 20 years for NATO in Italy. He became partially paralyzed from brain surgery in 2003. The LDS Church members were always there to put up wheelchair ramps or visit him for the 3 months that he was hospitalized, he saw first hand the love that is shown by every member for their brothers and sisters in need. We studied both religions and attended both Churches every Sunday for 5 years together. I knew there was more knowledge to be gained than just the basic bible stories, that I learned as a child from my Methodist grandmother, so we each went to our separate churches,for over 9 years. He studied the Book of Mormon over those 9 years and was taught by many missionaries, then one little missionary from Japan, Sr Kawasaki looked at him with tears in her eyes and told him he was ready to be baptized and he agreed because by then he was teaching them the lessons. His road to conversion reinforced and strengthened my belief in my Lord Jesus Christ, The Book of Mormon, and the truth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We have been married in the Temple and are so active, and busy together in the Church and out. I wonder how anyone ever has time to get depressed, with so many friends and activities. When you are helping others you do not dwell on your own problems.

How I live my faith

I love to give service to those who need assistance in their lives. An elderly friend, who is not of my faith, will be 99 years old June 6th, 2012, and lives in assisted living. She has no family so I am like a daughter to her, I make sure her bills are paid, buy clothes for her and visit her often. Before she was in assisted living we traveled the world together on cruises. When she got too old to care for herself, I took her to lunch, went grocery shopping for her, bathed her, cleaned her house and cut and curled her hair. She has been a friend for over 30 years. I also have a large family with 10 children between my husband and I, 26 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. I watch the children when their parents are taking a break, take them to their various soccer, basketball and track activities. I attend their perfomances, awards and baptisms. I love my Heavenly Father and my Family as well as my friends and neighbors. Updating Feb 2017, my friend passed in July 2014 and the grandchildren grew up, we are not as active now with their lives. At this time, I am serving a mission for Familysearch.org and am full caretaker of my husband. One daughter passed 24 Nov 2016 after a 2 year battle with Ovarian Cancer. Live has taken a turn but the Gospel is true and my Heavenly Father gives me the strength and courage to accept the challenges of life.

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