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Hi I'm Jolene

I'm a single mom of eight children and nine grandkids. I teach math at our community college. My family is my life, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I didn't expect to be a single parent. After almost 30 years of marriage, my husband suffering from severe depression, committed suicide. This was a life altering event for our family. That was five years ago, but we have learned that life most certainly goes on. The pain diminishes over time and eventually you find a new "normal" for life. I know that Heavenly Father has blessed us and though times are difficult and challenging, we can see how He has not abandoned us. Since my husbands death, I have been given the opportunity to start working outside the home. I now teach math at our community college and love it! I love being around young people and helping them discover how fun math and learning can be. I also have such a wonderful family, four married and four not. I have many things to look forward to, including watching my beautiful family grow and develop faith in God. I have also found that my "empty" time has become a time to enjoy hobbies and activities I had put aside when I had small children. I love to paint and have recently taken up watercolor landscapes. I have always painted with oils, so this is a complete challenge for me. I also play the piano and enjoy the connection I feel with the spirit, when I play the piano. I love life, I love the Savior and I'm a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because my parents and their parents, and on and on... were Mormons. My great-great-grandparents came across the United States in the Willie Handcart Company. I have read stories of their challenges and faith. When I have experiences that I think are beyond my ability to cope, I think "I come from pioneer stalk. I can do anything."

How I live my faith

The most important thing to me was sharing my personal experiences with my children, so that they might know of my confidence in the Savior. I have had numerous experiences where I have watched the Lord's hand in our lives. As they have witnessed these experiences, their own faith and testimonies have grown. Currently my youngest daughter is at BYU and my son is on a mission. These things did not happen by accident. A testimony isn't something that you can wrap up and hand to your children, or anyone else. What I think happens is that they feel the spirit, and over time they desire to have these experiences themselves. Their trust in the Lord grows and their confidence in His Gospel strengthens. It has been a rocky road, helping my children understand how their dad could commit suicide, when he was a strong member of the church. We have since learned that it never was a question of his faith, but a result of His illness. I believe that Heavenly Father loves him, and that we will enjoy the sealing blessings of the temple in the eternities.