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Hi I'm Jolene

I’m a happy, semi-adventurous wife, mom, grandmom, and missionary! 2 years in Jordan (Middle East) 4 years in Utah.

About Me

I spent my life being the wife of a handsome, robust, fisherman and general contractor; and a mom for 5 wonderful children who are all grown up now and moving forward on their own wonderful lives. Now I get to play with my six adorable grandchildren. That has been me, with a little stain glass crafting, and sewing, and writing of family history books thrown in. So there you have my life in a nutshell until I turned 49 and my handsome husband came home one day saying that he thought we should go on a mission for our church. OK, I thought, in a few years when our newly high school grad was a little more on her feet. He saw my reaction and said those well-known words “just pray about it!” Well, I did, and He, meaning the Lord, answered and soon the mission call came. As my husband read the call “Jordan, in the Middle East,” I stammered, and my mother called our “Jolene, breath!” Two years in the Middle East serving a Humanitarian Mission was a grand adventure. We met people there who will be our eternal friends. We rode camels, ate on the floor in Bedouin tents, distributed wheelchairs, taught English, and saw lives change for the better because of love. Now we're home but serving another mission, this time being called to "Live in your own home!" Imagine that! We have now served for four years as a "Senior Couple" (“Senior” is the only part I don't like!) What I do like is teaching people the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and seeing their lives blossom.

Why I am a Mormon

Because it’s the happiest way to live! I was taught from my childhood the blessings that come when we follow Jesus Christ and His example. We tried to teach our children about these same blessings. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon which says “Wickedness never was happiness.” We taught it to our little three year old and a few days later he was scampering down the hall singing “Naughtiness never was happiness.” Was he ever right! There are blessings unmeasured which come from keeping the commandments. There are so many doors which are opened and stay open when we follow the Savior. Like going to Jordan in the Middle East for a grand adventure! I love people, I always have. It seems easy for me to feel a connection with people early on in a friendship. I want everyone to have the happiness that I have because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I want everyone to be happy. I have seen lives change for the better as they turn to Jesus Christ and let Him into their lives. I have seen my days go from sadness and fear to joy and peace through prayer and scripture reading. We are not alone in this life. Why am I a Mormon? Because it’s the happiest way to live now and throughout eternity!

How I live my faith

One day at a time. One hour at a time, and in times of struggle, minute by minute. Years ago, when I could still see to do it, I cross stitched a saying and put it on my wall. It says, “Today is a part of eternity.” Well, if that is true, and it is, then what must I do today to make a difference in my eternity? When my children were young and we would gather them around to read scriptures and talk about the Savior, we would ask them questions like “what will help you to be happy?” and they would inevitably answer “You know, the Sunday School answers; prayer, scripture study, keep the Sabbath Day Holy, keep the commandments.” Well, they were right! So this is the way I live my faith, I pray, often because it brings me peace. I study my scriptures, because it gives me hope, I keep the Sabbath Day Holy because it makes my week go better, and I try very hard to keep all the commandments all the time, and when I fail, like we all do, I get back up and try again. I can do that because of my Savior Jesus Christ in whom my faith resides. When I was in Jordan, in the Middle East I got discouraged because of the language barrier. I tried very hard to learn this difficult language but I was a slow learner. Something about old dogs and new tricks, maybe. We had a great young man who was teaching us Arabic as we taught him English! One day I asked him to teach me a saying in Arabic. He did and I memorized it and still say it to myself when I need to reaffirm my faith. It goes like this; Because of my faith in Jesus Christ, I will not give up!

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

My husband and I served a mission for the church in Jordan in the Middle East. This is an Arabic nation and is 95% Muslim. We found wonderful people there who are trying to raise their children to be good and responsible and kind. The church sent 750 wheelchairs to Jordan each year and it was our privilege to deliver them to handicapped individuals. We helped in Neonatal Resuscitation Clinics where the church gathered together doctors from all over the region to teach them how to resuscitate newborn babies. We oversaw water projects to improve drinking water. We organized health fairs to teach the wonderful Bedouin families about hygiene. The church shipped over medical equipment to an outlying hospital. The list goes on and on. It was a great blessing for us to see The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in action helping the people of the earth with real needs just as our Savior, Jesus Christ did in those same regions of the earth. Show more Show less