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Hi I'm Joni

Teaching music is my career. Serving others is my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a native Texan, but grew to love classical music instead of country. I spend my days leading choirs and teaching voice. I'm sure I work too much, but it's hard to set work aside at the expense of my students. When I can, I love to escape into a good book, dig around in the dirt in my yard, create and eat! in the kitchen, and spend time with my loved ones. Whatever I do, I tend to jump in with both feet!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I would be unhappy being something else. I can't begin to list the aspects of the church which speak so cleanly to my heart. I am critical and suspicious in nature, and yet The Book of Mormon has been a welcome daily companion, including all the assumptions attached to its veracity. Joseph Smith, Jr., who translated the book and restored Christ's church truly was inspired, a prophet of God. Despite my academic surroundings, I know this to be true. I could even say the whole church, from its founding to its modern structure and function makes sense to me, or rather, feels right in my heart and mind. My relationship with Christ only benefits from my membership. Stepping away from it would be like stepping away from Him. Has my life in the church been perfect? Probably not, there are difficult days just about anywhere. But looking back, it seems that my experience as a member of the church may have been perfect for me, perfect for my growth. In moments when I have strayed a bit in the tenacity of my faith, my peace and happiness dips accordingly. I renew my efforts and the good feelings return in abundance. Wouldn't you be a Mormon if this happened to you?

How I live my faith

I have served in the church as a teacher, leader, and musician. I currently help the missionaries in my area reach out to those in our community as well as lead the hymns in our Sunday meetings. During the summer I spend a week at camp with the teenage girls of my regional congregation. They learn not only outdoor skills and how to strengthen their faith, but also a large amount of camp songs!