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Hi I'm Joanne

I am a mum of 2 young kids. I live in New Zealand. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mother. I have a beautiful boy who goes to school, and a beautiful girl who will be starting at kindergarten next year.  My career was in office work before I became a mother. My hobbies are reading, movies, music, writing, the internet, family, friends and sleeping!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but I have gained my own testimony that this church is the true church of Jesus Christ upon the earth today, through the witness of the Holy Ghost. The Church teaches the same things Jesus taught while he was on the earth, and has the same organisation and priesthood. The gospel helps me to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. It teaches me the things I need to do to be able to return home to my Father in heaven.  

How I live my faith

The gospel teaches us to try a little harder every day to be more like Jesus Christ. I try to be kind to others and to help people. Daily prayer and scripture study are very important. We go to church every Sunday to be uplifted by the spirit, gain knowledge and worship. At the moment in church I teach the children and play the piano. Teaching my own children at home is also very important, and Monday nights are set aside by the church for families to have a get together to learn and grow more. I love to stick pictures around the house to help me to stay focused on spiritual things, in the midst of our daily busy schedules, and to remind me that I am not alone in my trials. Our Father in heaven and Saviour Jesus Christ are always there for us.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Joanne
In the Book of Mormon scriptures, there is a conversation between Alma the Prophet and a man named Korihor who does not believe in God and asks for signs that God is real. This is Alma's reply, "Thou hast had signs enough will ye tempt God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea and all things denote there is a God yea even the earth and all things that are upon the earth, yea and its motion, yea and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." I testify that there is a God, a Supreme Creator, our Father in Heaven, and that he loves us all and knows us all, as we are his spirit sons and daughters. He wants to hear from us every day and will always be there for us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Joanne
One of the Articles of Faith, or official statements saying what the church believes, reads We believe the Bible to be the Word of God, as far as it is translated correctly..." We teach lessons and stories from the Old and New Testament at church. We use the King James version. Much good is to be learned from the pages of the Bible.  Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Joanne
Faith is like a seed, it must be cared for in order to grow. One of the ways we care for and make our faith in Jesus Christ grow is to study his words in the scriptures. In doing this we will discover that he has said we are to pattern our lives after his example. So we must be like him, develop all his wonderful attributes and characteristics, such as love, patience, long suffering, humility, thankfulness, unselfishness, to name but a few. All of these help us to be better people and in turn will improve our relationships with anyone we come in contact with. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Joanne
Absolutely! Everyone is welcome at our church meetings on Sundays. It is a great way to learn more about what we teach and to feel of the spirit. Our services consist of three different meetings or classes. The first is called Sacrament Meeting where we partake of the sacrament bread and water, just as Christ introduced before his death. Some of the church members are previously assigned to give short talks on gospel topics to help us learn. The second is Sunday School class, where we split up into different age groups. The third classes are Priesthood for the men, Relief Society for the women, Young Mens and Young Womens for the teenagers and Primary for the children. All are to help us to become more like Christ and to worship God.   Show more Show less