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Hi I'm Joanne

I put up with three older brothers, raised five awesome kids, adore my grandchildren & love the beautiful Northwest. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been told that I'm funny. Sometimes I'm not sure how to take that, but I do enjoy being around people and sharing a good laugh. We live in the beautiful Northwest and I love bike riding and hiking the many trails we have in the area. I don't mind getting my hands dirty in the garden and I've recently learned how to trap a mole. Family is very important to me. My sweetheart and I have three beautiful daughters and two handsome sons and nine grandchildren. We've spent many hours on hard wooden bleachers cheering our kids on as they have played all kinds of sports and participated in 4-H with our horses. Now we get to see the next generation in action. I adore my husband and we enjoy traveling and just spending time together. He is my best friend. I enjoy learning new things and keeping active. Taking a better picture is my newest goal and I'm hoping to pick it up fast. Capturing a special moment can be very gratifying ... but not if it's out of focus!

Why I am a Mormon

It was pretty easy to be a member of the church when I was growing up in Utah. But in my teenage years, I had to decide for myself whether or not I would be faithful to the things I had been taught. Many of the examples around me were not the best. I could see first-hand how living the gospel standards could make a person happy or unhappy. I had to look outside my own home at times for a better example of a happy marriage. When I was 12, my parents divorced, which was pretty tough. In high school, I had youth leaders who were instumental in helping me find my testimony of the gospel through their love and guidance. Because I was fortunate enough to have good friends who believed the same thing I did, it made it easier to keep out of trouble. As an adult, I can now see how living a life devoted to the Savior and strong family values can steer me toward real happiness. My hope is that I can always keep my feet on the right path and continue to follow the Savior's example. I know that Joseph Smith restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. I know that I am a child of God and that he loves each of us. I believe that God answers prayers, even for the seemingly small things. I truly believe that He wants to be part of our everyday lives, if we'll just let Him in. I am grateful for the scriptures that give us answers to questions we might have. I believe that the Book of Mormon is another witness of Christ in addition to the Bible and can bring us closer to God and his son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

One of the great things about being a member of our church is the opportunity for service. Recently, I was able to participate in a community-wide resource fair to help the less-privileged families in our area. It was great working shoulder-to-shoulder with members of other churches and community organizations with one goal in mind. Young women's camp in our area is held in one of the most beautiful spots around. Camping with the girls and leaders is a great way to teach about God's creations and learn outdoor skills, as well. I get a little crazy when it comes to camp ... my kids would be so embarrassed! I have learned so much in the years I've served the youth and the women in our church. The caring nature of the women is truly inspiring to me. As the men and women of our church serve each other, they are following the example of our Savior. I have learned so many new skills as I have been asked to teach a class or organize an activity. I try to add an element of fun to all that I am involved in. Did I mention I like to laugh? Right now I have the opportunity to help plan activities for the women in our congregation. We get together to learn new skills and share talents. We do enjoy a little chocolate on occasion, too.