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Hi I'm Joanna

I am mom, a full-time student, a scrapbooker, an Iowa farm girl, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Northeast Iowa on my family's farm. I have three older sisters and one younger brother. After graduating High School I started a family and worked. I married and had two sons. Since then I have gone through a divorce. I hope to someday be a children's author but for now I am a full-time college student. One of my favorite things to do is spend time with kids, primarily my sons and also with my nieces and nephews. It is amazing to watch them discover who they are as they develop new talents and interests. I also love to spend time with friends, playing around with photography, pen paling, reading, writing short stories, cooking, baking, camping, learning and practicing American Sign Language, and scrapbooking. I also have interests in learning calligraphy, crocheting, and sewing.

Why I am a Mormon

I like the rest of my family was raised Catholic. After high school I stopped caring about my faith and became wrapped up in the world. After my divorce, however, I began to have the desire to know God again. I started going back to church. It was then that I began to struggle with my beliefs. As a Catholic I had been taught to pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be. At this period in my life, however, I grew increasingly more aware that I didn't understand the recited phrases. I was confused about who I should be praying to. I often prayed to Mary and different Saints but I wondered if I shouldn't be praying directly to God. A friend and I were talking about religion one night and I asked her to explain a Bible verse. She explained what her church (LDS/Mormon) believes. For once I was given a clear answer and it made sense! I soon started going to the LDS church. From that first Sunday I felt different somehow. Surprisingly one of the members' testimony brought me to tears. That night I was introduced to the Book of Mormon and told not to take anyone's word for it but to read and pray about it that I may discover the truth for myself. I continued to go to church and started meeting with the missionaries. I was reluctant in taking the time to read the Book of Mormon. Finally, I was challenged to read it. When I did I felt at peace. I also found myself at times softly crying as I read the words, something that also happens when I read the Bible. I started to read the Book of Mormon more, continued the missionary discussions, and prayed earnestly to know if the Book of Mormon is true. My prayers were answered with my own a personal spiritual witness. I know the Book of Mormon is true. Entering the waters of baptism was the best decision of my life! I love this church! Everyday as I read the Book of Mormon and each week as I attend church meetings my love for and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is strengthened.

How I live my faith

I am involved with the teenage girls of my branch. I have been one of their leaders for the past two years and we have all become close friends. We meet for an hour on Sundays where we talk about how to stay strong during the trying times of high school/teenage years. Each Wednesday night we have an activity related to the lesson to prepare the young women to live the gospel and never compromise their beliefs or standards. These girls amaze me. They are an inspiration to our entire congregation. Their strength is far greater than I possessed at their age; they love the Lord and strive to do His will. Another way I am involved with the church is by working with the full-time missionaries. We meet with those who have the desire to learn more about the Savior, our church's beliefs, and the Book of Mormon. We love to share the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ because of the joy it has brought to our lives. We also offering any type of service that we can give, because that is what Christ did, He served. The families in our branch spend time with each other outside of church as well. Members visit each other each month. They may share an uplifting message and they offer help that may be needed. We feel the love of our Heavenly Father and His Son as we are looked after and as we are blessed to help those around us.