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Hi I'm Joanna

I'm a sister, a friend, a daughter, an aunt, a mom, a wife... and most of all I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 My husband and I are in a transitional phase of life. We are just trucking along trying to decide what we are going to do when we grow up. I just graduated in Recreation Therapy. I am so excited to stay home and be a full-time mommy and wife. My hobbies are Playing trumpet, basketball, snowboarding, Yodeling, hiking, camping, biking, swimming, and anything else as long as I am with my family. I love Chinese food and Popsicles. I have recently picked up reading for fun and sewing. I am always looking for a new adventure. I love nothing more than to be surprised! 

Why I am a Mormon

 In my younger years, I would have answered this question of "Why I am Mormon" quite differently. I would have said, "... because that is what my parents are and I like the primary songs and how they make me feel." As I have grown older and have experienced more of life, I realize that I have gained a testimony of my very own. Not only does church make feel good but it is the high point of my week where I am spiritually uplifted and socially active. Sundays give me motivation to be better during the week and to continue reaching for my goals. It may sound cliche but I do not know what kind of person I would be or what I would be doing right now if I did not have the gospel and its values. I do know that the warm, peaceful, and uplifting feeling I get from being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints is unmistakable.I treasure this membership more than any other possession I own. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that he died for me so that I can repent of all my mistakes and can return to live with my Heavenly Father and Jesus again. 

How I live my faith

 At the final day, the Savior won’t ask How many hours did you work? What positions did you hold? What car did you drive? He will ask Did you fulfill your role to your family? Did you use my Atonement and repent of your shortcomings? Did you focus on those around you? To me, these thing are what matter most. My degree taught me so much about service. I strive to do little acts of service here and there. It's never huge but I hope to make a difference to one person each day. Most days this means spending time with my baby. I may not be able to work and use my degree at this time in life but instead I get to hold a sleeping baby, kiss away hurts, read books, sing songs, and talk about Jesus. I see no greater call than raising my children in the gospel and teaching them right from wrong. I have served in the Primary with the children and am currently getting the chance to serve in the Young Women program girls 12-18. The youth of the church are amazing. I try to read my scriptures, pray, and keep the spirit in our home everyday. I am not perfect but that is the beauty of this gospel. It is for everyday people like me and you!