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Hi I'm JoAn

I'm a Grandmother of 16, I served on a city council, I'm a Zoo Ambassador, I love orangutans, I love to swim and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a very small town in South Dakota. I was the only Mormon in my class. We attended church in a library hall. Each week I would participate in our Sunday services and I would also sing in the Congregational Choir. One night a week I would attend Catholic Youth Organization with my friend and in the summer months I taught Bible School for the Lutheran Church. My friends always knew Mormons didn't drink or smoke and they all stood up for me for my standards. Upon graduation, 4 of my friends attended BYU with me. 50+ years later most of us still communicate often. They will always be my eternal friends.

Why I am a Mormon

My pioneer heritage had a huge impact on my growing up years. We would take trips to Salt Lake City and go see the beautiful temple and would visit "This is the Place" monument. My parents would tell us about the handcart journey made by our ancestors and I always had a special place in my heart for them. In 1997, I went on a trek for 3 days. It was grueling. We slept on the ground and it was cold. At about 4:00 A.M. I heard the rumbling of a truck bringing fire wood, and other supplies for us. That is when I truly had an appreciation for those pioneers who had sacrificed so much. They would have been so happy to have had fire wood delivered, and fresh water, honey buckets, and warm clothes. Each time I think about what my ancestors went through so I could enjoy being a Mormon, I am thankful to be so blessed.

How I live my faith

Today I visited with my 98 year old friend. We ate chili and talked about her granddaughter. My neighbor came over later, she is 93. I love visiting with her. My Mother-in-law is 93 and she is always positive and cheers people around her, including me. In my 72 years, I have enjoyed teaching the youth, being a den mother was so much fun. (I was younger then!!) Several times I got to write and direct plays, and go camping with a bunch of girls. We played volleyball and softball and danced. Later doing genealogy became a passion and I learned so much about my family and my husbands family. All 5 of my children kept me busy and I love watching them teach their children about the Savior. They are all an inspiration to me.