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Hi I'm Jolene

I'm a Mormon mom and I love it!

About Me

I have been married for 18 years and I am the mother of 4 kids. I say that I am a stay at home mom but I am rarely home. I am on quest to lose weight, I go to the gym. I babysit two adorable little boys every Thursday and every other Wednesday I tend a little boy and his 6 month old sister. When your kids are grown you forget how hard it is to take care of little ones but I love it. I teach French at an elementary school in my area every Friday. The rest of my time is full of laundry, dishes and keeping up with my kids and all of their activities. Sometimes I feel like I am living in my SUV and it usually smells like a combination of french fries, gym clothes and grassy golf shoes.

Why I am a Mormon

I am the 8th of 9 kids. I was born in to a family that was completely inactive from the church. My dad was a smoker and a drinker and my mom was willing to do anything to avoid confrontation. Most Sundays were spent taking long drives, picnics in the desert near our home and generally avoiding attending any type of church services. A loving man who was assigned by church leaders to watch over our family came and visited with my dad at least once a week. He never gave up inviting my family to return to church and I am so glad he did. My dad remembered what he loved about church and soon our family was attending regularly. I grew up in the church but that is not to say that I didn't make my own decision or that I wasn't converted to living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I DID make a choice - as a young adult, 19 or 20 years old I was on a path to leaving the church, I wanted to see what "the world" had to offer. My parents were concerned, my older siblings were worried and I was as carefree as could be. Until one day when a coworker started asking questions about my beliefs. In answer to his questions, I found my testimony. I reconnected with the things I had been taught my whole life. I realized that true happiness and peace comes only through the Savior. Since that time, I believe that I have made that choice every single day. I choose to follow HIS example, I choose to give service where I can and I choose to make the gospel of Jesus Christ the center of my life.

How I live my faith

I love being with the women of the church. I feel like there is so much power in a group of women - power to build strong homes, power to teach and help children and power to change the world. Right now in the church, I help my Bishop attend to the needs of the women and families in our congregation. I help administer the church's welfare program and organize the service efforts and spiritual growth of the women. I love this kind of service.