What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm JoEllen

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in California. I was raised in a strong LDS family and I now have a family of my own.

About Me

I come from a family of 6 children. I have been happily married for 8 years. We were sealed in the gorgeous San Diego temple for time and all eternity. I am a mother of 3 boys, with a baby girl on the way. I have my Associate's Degree along with my aesthetician license in skin care. As much as I love skin care and makeup, I love being a stay at home mom and having my children and husband as my first priority. I love to read, cook, learn new ways to be healthy, shop, be girly, camp with my boys, and just spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised into a very strong LDS family. My parents had a great grasp of the importance of the principles of the gospel. They set high standards for their children and knew that we could achieve anything that we set our minds to. Their high expectations and guidelines did not hold us back, discourage us, or cause us to rebel. But, it encouraged us to be the best that we could be. We knew that where much was given, much was required. Because of my parents' amazing examples, I have such a strong testimony today. They encouraged us to participate in church activities: mutual, seminary, youth conference, EFY, Education Week, youth dances, and good wholesome activities with other youth. Through these programs, I was able to gain a testimony of my own, not one that leaned upon my parents' testimony. I was fortunate to attend EFY as a 16 year old. I had always had a strong testimony, but the counselors encouraged us to really ask Heavenly Father for a confirmation of the truthfulness of the gospel. So, after coming home I was determined to know for myself, without a doubt, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true. I prayed more diligently, I read my scriptures more fervently, and tried to stay in tune with the spirit so I could gain that confirmation for myself. Sure enough, I gained that confirmation after viewing the movie "The Testaments" in Salt Lake City. After watching the movie, I felt the Holy Ghost so strongly and felt such peace that I could not doubt that what I had been taught my whole life was true. I am thankful to my parents for giving me those opportunities so I could grow in the gospel and also for setting the bar high so I could reach my potential and constantly continue to do so. I am a Mormon because of my parents' example.

How I live my faith

I am very active in my ward. I have a calling to teach the Relief Society once a month. I love having the opportunity to learn something in more depth. It is so true that the one who teaches learns the most. I also support my husband's calling as Elders Quorum President. I visit teach my assigned sisters monthly, support my husband in his home teaching, encourage my children to go to primary, attend Enrichment activities, attend ward activities, participate in service projects, and attend the temple regularly. My life would be empty without the gospel. I feel at peace and at home when I fill my life with wholesome activities and spend time int he service of others.