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Hi I'm Joalene

I love God, family, and freedom, and I'm a mormon

About Me

I grew up in a small Arizona town. I graduated High School 2nd in my class. I attended a university with a full-ride scholarship, where I met my Husband. I had always dreamed of becoming a mother and shortly after my first child was born, I told my husband that he had made all of my dreams come true. I love science, math, history, writing and art. I am a pretty accomplished poet, when I get the time. I especially love freedom, and so I study all I can about it. I cherish my family. They are everything in the world to me. I have been blessed with 6 beautiful children and a faithful husband who works hard so that I can be at home with them. I love to draw and paint. I also love to help those who are in need in some way. My dream is to have a happy self-less, loving family and to have it forever

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for the truths they have given us. I know that these truths can lead my family and I back home to their presence. Through studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon and through prayer, I received a clear answer that this is His true church on the earth today. Starting at about 16 years old I spent hours each day studying these scriptures. I prayed and asked God to let me know whether this was his true church. One Sunday I got up in front of the congregation to bare my testimony. An intense feeling of power swept through my body as I bore witness to all there that I knew this was His true church that had been restored in these latter-days. Since then I have had many more such feelings concerning additional truths. God answers my prayers and guides my life. He is so kind and loving to me and is the perfect example for me to pattern my life after. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides the tools that I need to make it back home in heaven to live with my family forever!

How I live my faith

I once heard that it is our duty to leave this world a better place than when we found it. This is what I do and this is what I teach my children. At church I have the privlege of teaching 15 wonderful 5 year old children. I teach them about prayer, about Jesus Christ and about all the wonderful things he taught. I have spent many hours volunteering at my children's school as an academic chairperson, organizing spelling bees, math bees, science fairs and reflections contests. I also volunteered in my children's classes as an art docent / teacher. Currently I home-school my children, because I found that while they were at school, I didn't have the time with my children that I needed. Now I get to spend so much more time with them teaching them school. I get to teach them to love freedom, through studying the constitution, and many other fun subjects favorites of mine, such as math and science, history and art. When I run errands I bring my children and they are so good to try and help. When we are at the store they find things knocked down and pick them up and put them where they belong. We clean up trash we see in the parking lot, and try to put a few extra shopping carts away as we leave. They especially enjoy looking for someone who might need help and asking them if they can assist them. This is truly my joy, to see my children raised up unto righteousness. At home we have family prayer morning and night and study the scriptures together each morning. I love the Lord and hope to pass this legacy down through the generations

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Joalene
We come to know our Father in Heaven through prayer and study of the words he has given us through his son Jesus Christ and through his prophets. Through prayer we can receive a personal witness that he is there and that he listens. Prayer is a privilege that we can partake of any time we need. Lastly we can come to know our Father in Heaven through blessings that he gives to us personally through those who hold and are authorized to use his priesthood. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Joalene
On Sunday the women usually dress in skirts and or dresses and the men dress in slacks and a button up collared shirt with a tie. Children follow the same pattern. We have a meeting together where we sit as families and friends, called sacrament meeting. We then break up into classes specific to our needs. We have a custom of keeping the Sabath day Holy. We try to be about the Lords business on Sunday and keep worldly things to a minimum. With simple things such as getting your shopping done before Sunday, doing your laundry and other such every day chores done ahead of time, this allows us to spend more time with our family worshipping the Lord, and being of service to him on this special day. Another custom we have is " Fast Sunday" We fast (go without food and drink for 2 meals or 24 hours) generally the first Sunday of the month. We then donate at least the cost of those two meals to a fund for the poor. This allows us to consecrate a bit of ourselves to the needy. We also have a custom of having a Family Home Evening, (usually Monday nights) where we set this time aside to spend time with family playing games, teaching the gospel, and having refreshments. This can be anything from a family movie night, to a walk in the park, playing games to a gospel discussion in our home. The children all enjoy it, especially the refreshments we always have. As far as holidays, we celebrate traditional Christian holidays and any other we want to incorporate into our family. We enjoy Easter, Valentines Day, Christmas, Independence Day, Birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgivining, New Years and others. We have a special holiday called Pioneer Day where we celebrate the arrivals of the pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Joalene
Yes a family can be together forever! Isn't it wonderful! What would heaven be without those whom we love. This is what I strive for every day of my life. This is probably the best gift I could ever be given. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Joalene
Jesus Christ founded this church in the beginning of times. Prior to this time he founded his church when he lived on earth. He restored his church in 1830, through the prophet Joseph Smith. This "mormon" church bares his name. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is his church. He is the leader and the law-giver. He is our saviour and friend. He has a living prophet who guides this church today. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Joalene
Yes absolutely! Christ loves all of his children. He visited his "sheep" in North America after his resurrection and set up his church there. He healed their sick and infirm. He held their children and blessed them. Angels appeared. It was wonderful. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Joalene
We believe that eternal life is God's work and His Glory. He wants this for all of his children. He sent his son Jesus Christ to come to earth to teach us how what path is the way home. He also came to ressurect and atone for our sins which makes repentance and resurrection possible for all of God's children. We believe that eternal life is living in the highest degree of heaven with our families in the same relationships we enjoyed on earth, but with our Heavenly Father and our Heavenly Mother, with our ancestors and with our posterity. We believe that as we progress on this earth we will have that opportunity in the next to learn more and to become like our Heavenly Father and gain all that he hath. Show more Show less