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Hi I'm Jolene

I'm a wife, mother, piano teacher, full-time student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Arizona native, growing up in Show Low which is found in the eastern part of the state. I married my sweetheart Kevin in the Arizona Temple 18 years ago and we are still madly in love...in fact, one of my favorite days of the week is Saturday because we have a standing date that evening and I love spending time with him. We have 4 beautiful children who keep us busy, 3 boys and a daugter, and we almost always enjoy being parents (there are those days...the "teenager" days that are frustating, but I'm sure we aren't alone in that). I enjoy scrapbooking, though I'm a year and a half behind, I play the piano, read voraciously, garden (sometimes...I was not blessed with the green thumb of my ancestors and do more killing than growing, but I'm working on it), bake, and I love a good game with friends. Along with my other interests I am a full-time student which has been challenging and rewarding in its own right, and I teach children beginning piano. One of my favorite things is to see a child "get it" and become confident in their talents and develop a love of music.

Why I am a Mormon

Some would say that I'm only a Mormon because I was raised Mormon, or because I come from a long line of Mormons, but that isn't the case. I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I choose to live the gospel principles because I know them to be true. I choose to follow the Word of Wisdom because I have a testimony of the blessing that come from living a healthy life. I choose to believe that Joseph Smith restored the gospel, and that President Thomas S. Monson is the latter day prophet because I have prayed about it and I have felt the warm confirmation of the Spirit testify this to me. I choose to live the commandments because by doing so I am a better wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, and member of society. I choose to serve in the gospel because the Lord has asked for my time and talents, and after what He has done for me, I'm very happy to do so. I choose to pray because I know there is a loving Heavenly Father who want to talk to me as much as I talk to Him. I choose. It comes down to that.

How I live my faith

I try to live as Christ would have me live, and every Sunday I get the wonderful privelege of teaching 5 and 6 year old children the gospel. Children are so sweet and precious and I enjoy the opportunity to be a part of their lives.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

The scripture tell us that, "if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear". My husband and I learned this principle early in our marriage. We had one child and one on the way and my husband lost his job. With very little income, we barely had enough to get by, but because we had stored food, sanitary supplies, and other necessary products, we didn't worry. That is self reliance...being able to take care of yourself if you can't make it to the store, can't afford to buy food, or have an emergency. I think of those poor people who experience natural disasters and have to wait for help to arrive...going without food or clean water. Because my family is prepared, we will be blessed to be able to avoid that hardship. Show more Show less