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Hi I'm Josephine

I live in the Pacific Northwest. I enjoyed a career as a physical educator, but am now retired at a healthy 84 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being a teacher has given me opportunities to work in places like Alaska, the Virigin Islands, and Hawaii as well as Washington, Oregon and Idaho. I enjoyed working with students and helping them learn to improve in their physical skills and how to take care of their bodies. It was great to witness the joy each person had when they were able to improve themselves, and accomplish something they thought they could not do. It hardly seemed like a job, I enjoyed the work so much. Yet, I was always searching for something more. I was looking for truth and that elusive state of happiness. I had concluded that other people's facts were just that, their idea of things; which might or might not be true. Who could tell?

Why I am a Mormon

It was not untiI I was asked to read Moroni 10:4 in the Book of Mormon, by two young missionaries, that I received an understanding of something that was true; something that did not change; something that was revealed to me with such power by the spirit, that I could not deny it. I knew that the Book of Mormon was true. If it was true, then Joseph Smith must have translated it by the power of God; and there must be a God and Jesus is the Christ. If so, I must follow the teachings in that Book. I was 48 years old when that happened. I had no idea that agreeing to listen to those missionaries was anything more than a courtesy. Yet, so many of my questions were answered that day, I was bound to agree, that now, I must do my part. Though at first, the things required of me seemed foolishness, nevertheless, if that book was true, I must do them. I did. I was baptized and a whole new life began.

How I live my faith

Since I joined the Church, I have had many callings. My first one, of course, was directing the girls sports program. How different it was than training my physical education classes and coaching my track team. I learned new principles of persuasion and patience. I have been strengthened in many ways, especially in raising my family, and in feeling a certain core calmness from my knowledge of God and his Son, Jesus Christ. I appreciate the idea of home and visiting teachers. There is comfort in knowing that you are being cared for, and that there are special people to call for aid and blessings when you need them. Most of all I appreciate the feeling of assurance that there is a purpose in this life, and that all things have a purpose that we can know if we take the time to consider it. I spend time every day studying the scriptures, for I know that in them, I can learn more about God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ and his plan of happiness. Through prayer and contemplation I may know the truth of all things, as witnessed to me by the Holy Ghost. I try to put all that I learn that is good, into my life, and to act with gentleness and kindness and with love toward all those I meet. I will continue to follow the Lord as best I can. It is wonderful to know the truth.