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Hi I'm Joan

I was born in Wyoming and grew up with great parents, an older sister and two younger brothers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After high school I attended BYU. As a young adult I served as a missionary in Mexico City and the surrounding area. Being able to share what I believe allowed me the opportunity to help others learn how much our Heavenly Father loves us and that He has provided a way so we can return to Him. After receiving my degree in Spanish from BYU I taught high school in Nevada for a year before moving to Montana to teach secondary education and rear my daughters. I taught in Montana for 32 years then retired and moved to the Pacific Northwest. I have two daughters, two stepdaughters and five grandchildren. Spending time with them as well as extended family is one of my favorite things.

Why I am a Mormon

My family have been members of the Mormon church since the mid 1800's so I grew up with a tradition of church attendance and beliefs. However I feel that at some point each individual must decide whether that is important, whether to be lukewarm about it or turn away. I chose to follow the example of my parents and other relatives and be a strong active member of this church. Doing so has brought me great happiness. Being a Mormon gives me peace and comfort when the trials of life seem overwhelming. My older daughter had a rare form of cancer and died in 2008. Because of the covenants we made in the temple before she was born, I know that I will see her again.

How I live my faith

My husband became disabled in 2005 but we were able to serve a mission together while living in our handicap-accessible home. We worked at a regional LDS Employment Services center, helping clients with resumes and sometimes translating for Spanish-speakers. Serving together gave us the opportunity to help others and strengthened us for health challenges we faced. Because my husband and I had our marriage sealed in the temple we are married not just for "as long as we both shall live" but for time and all eternity. Now that I'm a widow it gives me great comfort to know we will be together again. I'm grateful for the scriptures. They bring me comfort and peace when I struggle with challenges and help me as I prepare lessons to teach the young women on Sundays. Are we Christians? Absolutely! We believe Jesus Christ is our Elder Brother, that He atoned for our sins and died for us that we might live again. In return He asks that we learn of Him, follow His path and love others as He loves us.