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Hi I'm JoAnn

I grew up in Maryland. I am a recent convert, and now a happy Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mother of 2 awesome children, my daughter is married to the best son-in-law ever - I am soon to be a grandma for the first time - and my son is a happy senior in high school.Last year I chose to be baptized in the Mormon church. It more a spiritual awakening than a decision. I feel it was what I was always meant to do, because I have been on a spiritual journey for several years and the Mormon church actually "found me".

Why I am a Mormon

My daughter was baptized in 2007 and I was extremely happy for her. I saw a tremendous happiness about her, but thought, well that's fine for her, but not for me because I was on my own spiritual path. A year later my son was baptized and again, I saw an almost tangible glow of peace and happiness about him. I now know that what I was seeing was the atmosphere of God's grace in their lives. Last year, after going to church with my kids and son-in-law quite often, I found that I actually wanted to go. I realized how happy and fulfilled it made me feel. I began to look forward to it. My soul was being fed, like air and sunshine for the body.That God-sized hole in my heart was being filled. I have always been a woman of faith. My heart was softening, and I realized that I wanted the atmosphere of God's grace around me, too.

How I live my faith

I love to help people, even if it's just a smile on someone's gray day. Recently, the people in our church members and friends participated in Colorado Cares Day where we erected a playground in local park, completing it all the way down to the mulch, and it was so much fun. I came away with a happiness, a real sense of accomplishment and community that I have not felt in a long time. I do my best in my callings at church, knowing that they are at times meant to stretch what I think I am capable of-I think it's called growing. I have to live in faith, because the opposite is fear and we all know that's no fun. I know there is someone bigger than me that can guide my life better than I could even imagine guiding it.