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Hi I'm Joanna

I am a mother of six. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mother of 6 children. My oldest is 19 and is currently serving a mission in the Scotland/Ireland mission. I am so happy with his decision to serve a mission. I miss him terribly and it has been a hard adjustment to life with out him around here. But someone once said that the definition of a missionary is - someone who leaves their family for 2 years (or 18 months) so that others can be with theirs for eternity. When I think of it that way, it becomes a small sacrifice on our part to have him out on a mission. He worked hard and earned the money that his mission is going to cost him. I have a 17, 15, and 9 year old sons, my daughters are 11 and 5. All of my life I dreamed of becoming a mother. I am living that dream every day. It is a lot of work and I know that I have a lot of weaknesses in this job, but I work at it every day. I am grateful for the opportunity that I have to be able to stay home with them. I enjoy reading, and listening to good music. I love to sit at the piano and play and sing. It seems like my other hobbies are laundry and cooking. Are those hobbies? My favorite thing to do though is to watch my kids participate in their various activities. Ball games, recitals, concerts. I love it all.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the mormon faith. I have wonderful, loving parents that raised me in an environment that helped me to gain my own testimony of the Gospel. I don't have an amazing conversion story, but I am so grateful that I have had the gospel in my life, every moment of my life. The peace that comes from knowing that I am a Child of God. He sent me here to earth to be tested and gain a body. I have the knowledge of knowing that I have the ability to have a personal relationship with him and my Savior Jesus Christ. All I need to do is get on my knees and pray. They are always there for me. My family is the most precious thing to me on this earth. The gospel of Jesus Christ has made it possible for me to be married in the Holy Temple where families are sealed for eternity and not just until death do us part. My fondest dream is to be with my family forever, and the blessings of the temple, based on our own obedience and faithfulness makes that dream possible. I am so happy that we have the Book of Mormon, that Joseph Smith sacrificed so much so that we could have it. It strengthens me as I study and ponder its words.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to work with the youth in my ward. I help the cub scouts. This has been a great joy to me as I have learned so many wonderful things about the program that our prophet supports and wants us to be a part of. I have the opportunity to be the wife of a great man that serves so many people himself. I spend many evenings on my own with homework and bed times as he helps others improve and strengthen their lives and families. Our family has been so extremely blessed. Their is peace in our home and I feel that this is a direct blessing for our sacrifice that we make having dad gone. My parents are also serving a full time mission and we have missed grandma and grandpa, they have missed some milestones in their grandchildren's lives too. But I have never seen them so happy or content. They have set a wonderful example of missionary work and service for me and my children.