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Hi I'm Joanne

I am a citizen of the United States of America. I was born, raised, and have always lived in the state of Washington.

About Me

I am a rather quiet person. My husband and I live on 10 acres. We are the parents of 5 grown sons, three of whom are married, and we have 8 grandchildren. I garden and can some of the produce from it. I enjoy tutoring children - 2nd through 4th grade at our local elementary school. The children think we are playing games, which we are, but they all tie in with reading, spelling, and learning. I also enjoy making cards. Many of my clothes and household items have been bought at garage sales, and Fridays are usually our 'date' day of going to them. For the past 3 years I have been traveling 100 miles by bus about 2 times a month for 3 days each time to my parents to help take care of them, which has been a challenge.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 16 I took the missionary discussions. My parents did not take the discussions, but they allowed me to joined the church. I didn't really have a testimony then, but through trying to live the teaching of the Gospel, over the years my testimony has grown strong. I am so grateful that I can partake of the Sacrament each Sunday and renew my baptismal covenants, that I can reflect on my past week and strive to improve myself so I grow closer to Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

For 5 years I was a nursery leader, teaching 18 months to 3 years old children about Jesus and Heavenly Father, and I loved it. I feel this is the best calling in the Church. However, my back has been giving me problems, and I couldn't lift the little ones any more, so was released from this calling. Now I am the president of our choir. I don't really have a 'good' singing voice, but I love singing praises to our God and His Son Jesus Christ. I try to magnify my calling by sending birthday cards to the choir member, calling them to remind them of pertinent things, such as we are singing next Sunday, or the next 2 Sundays there will be no choir practice, calling or sending cards when members have not been in attendance, and letting our bulletin person know when we are singing so it can be included in the bulletin. My being choir president at this time is something that I can do without being overwhelmed, since I go to my parents twice a month. I am so grateful that I joined the church, that we have the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, and that we have a living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, to guide us in these latter days. I am grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, that he loves each of Heavenly Father's children enough that He was willing to suffer and atone for our sins. I am also grateful that Heavenly Father loves each of us that He was willing to allow His Son to atone for us.