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Hi I'm Joan

I'm married. I started college at fifty after my children were grown. I have a masters degree. I teach high school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Michigan and lived in the same house for 18 years. I have moved 34 times since I was 18, from one side of the United States to the other. During that time, I also worked at various occupations including for a magazine company in Minnesota, for Disney World in Florida, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a real estate agent in Texas, as an insurance agent in Arizona, as an office manager in Oregon, and (currently) as a high school teacher. I've been married more than once, have birthed four children and have helped raise three additional step children, plus three foster children. When the tenth child was in seventh grade (and I was 50) I decided to start college. I attended Community College and then the University, attaining my associates, bachelors and masters degrees back to back. Our youngest daughter graduated from high school the day before I graduated from college. I had lived with teenagers in my home for 35 straight years when I began teaching high school. I am currently in my seventh year of teaching and I love my job!

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been the type of individual to push the envelope, so to speak. I am a life-long learner, never settling for an answer I don't understand. I think the reason I was drawn to this faith was that it could answer any question I could throw at it. It also taught me how to go to the Lord for answers and offered me the Gift of the Holy Ghost to discern truth. I was especially seeking a faith that centered in Jesus Christ, and of all the faiths I considered and there were many this one seemed to help me become most like Him. There is also a special spirit that I feel when I am around Latter-day Saints. They care for and support each other. I feel a true part of something as a member of this church. I love the priesthood and the fact that we have a living prophet who guides this church under the direction of the Savior. I was actually introduced to this faith by co-workers while I was working in Las Vegas, of all places. A friend of mine, who was LDS, had done me a favor, and I told her that I owed her a favor in return. She called the favor by asking me to have the missionaries over. I was actually looking for a new church, but had no desire to be a "Mormon". I agreed, however, but only because she was calling in the favor. I gave the poor missionaries a real run for their money. I argued with them and refused to act interested, but by the time they had taught me all of the discussions, I had a hard time telling them that I didn't want to be baptized. I think they were very surprised when I agreed. I have been a member for 37 years now, and I wouldn't be anything else. I love this faith!

How I live my faith

One of the great things about this church is that it is a lay organization. That means that the members serve in all church positions through a type of volunteer process. Throughout my years as a member, I have served in many positions. I have done everything from teaching Sunday school to scheduling the building. Over the past 37 years, I have held dozens of different positions in the church, and each position has helped me grow in one way or another. Because the Latter-day Saints take turns teaching one another from the time they are children, they tend to grow up unafraid to speak in public, unafraid to share their beliefs in the Savior, and even unafraid to serve a two-year mission for the Lord. It was through my church experiences that I gained the confidence to go back to school at 50 and acquire my teaching degree. My students often tell me that my room feels different from the other rooms in the school. The students tend to congregate in my room, and it's one of the few rooms at school where I see respect manifested daily by the students, not only toward me, but toward each other. Many students come to me for advice, and through the Spirit of the Lord, I am able to recognize students who need additional support. Because of these experiences, I have been able to change hundreds of lives in my community.