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Hi I'm Joanie.

I'm a blissfully blessed wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, educator, native Arizonan, and proud to proclaim, I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am an advocate for children. I think Heavenly Father's greatest gift is the gift of creating life. Children truly are God's opinion that the world should go on. I have always loved babies and children. I am one of five children. It only makes sense that I chose education as my career. I advocate daily for children and youth that struggle to learn. I train adults, now. Principals, district leadership, literacy coaches, and teachers attend our trainings. We must provide the best teaching every day, in every setting, for every child. I believe that knowing how to read gives one choices. If one is not literate, their choices are made for them. In this ever changing and global economy we live in, a first class education is vital to compete. At the end of the work day, I go home to my husband that I adore. I married much later in life than I expected to. Living my faith as a mid single woman took great persistence and patience. Being single in a family oriented church is a trial, to say the least. I spent my fair share of time moving between self-loathing and self-pity to optimism and being thankful that I was not stuck in an unhappy marriage. How grateful I am for a good man that loves me. I love to bake, cook, decorate, follow fashion, watch movies, laugh and cry along with my favorite tv shows, scrapbook, and make cards for all occasions. If I were to become independently wealthy, I would volunteer my time rocking babies in hospitals. Life is good in my corner of paradise!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to LDS parents, so I've always been a Mormon. My family boasts a strong pioneer heritage, yet even with that faithful foundation, members of my family struggle with inactivity. I have been active in the church, lapsed in to inactivity, and returned to activity again. Like everyone else, I am a work in progress. I know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that this church is true. The gospel is my light. Although I have always been a Mormon, I believe, strongly, that each member or soon to be member must have their own conversion story. I have had to come to my own conclusion that the church is 100% true and that I will only find happiness when I do all I have promised to do. The statement, "Wickedness never was happiness." is completely true. I am happiest when I am attending all of my church meetings, reading my scriptures and the words of prophets, and keeping myself worthy to enter the temple, the House of God. Because I've been on both sides of the fence, I know without a hint of hesitation that living my faith is the path to happiness. I know where I came from, why I am on this earth, and where I am going when my mortal life is over. I promised Heavenly Father I would gain a body, learn and do what I needed to on this earth, and to return to live with him when my days are complete. I see a world full of people that are lost, struggling, wondering where they fit in, and trying to find acceptance in all of the places they should be avoiding. Because of my testimony and my faith, I do not feel that emptiness and longing in my soul. Satan is real, and he is intent on bringing unrest, unhappiness and uneasiness to the souls of man. Satan has the power to bruise us, but we, as followers of Heavenly Father, have the power to keep him out of our homes and out of our thoughts and lives. This opposition reminds me, each day, what I stand for, what I am fighting for, and what I want for myself and my loved ones. I will be worthy to enter God's presence again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. I believe that nice matters. I believe that each of us is responsible for lifting others' spirits and lightening their burdens. I am a huge believer in thinking of others before yourself. What makes me happy is serving others. There is no feeling like helping others and showing your love for them. I also believe in self-reliance and provident living. My grandmother always said, "If you want help, look at the end of your arms." She was right. I am responsible for helping myself first. I am also responsible for asking for help from others, when I need it, and for accepting their help with a glad and gracious heart. That help comes from other church members in the way of love, support, and a helping hand if needed. I try very hard to be a good example. People always know who is Mormon, and they watch us closely. It is my responsiblity to show what being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints really entails, and to project the happiness, peace, and comfort I feel as a member of Christ's church. We are all Heavenly Father's children. We were told to love one another. I love my visiting teachers. These two women are always on my side, praying for me, advocating for me, and making sure I have a meal when I'm ill and that I know they love me. Hometeachers are a gift. The men assigned to each family in the congregation are there for spiritual guidance, fellowship, and to ensure there is a network of help and support should anything ever go wrong. I am so very grateful for the worthy priesthood holders of the Mormon church. From the prophet, to the bishop, and on down to the newly ordained deacons, Heavenly Father provides for the worthy men of this church to lead and guide us. Whether it's a blessing for health, or to perform baptisms, Heavenly Father's plan is flawless in restoring the priesthood to this earth. My family is blessed by the Mormon church and the people that make up the church.