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Hi I'm Joan

I'm a Mormon. I was born in Salt Lake City and raised in a nearby community - always a member of the LDS Church.

About Me

I am Joan. I was born and raised in Salt Lake Valley – always a member or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Yes, I am of “Pioneer Stock” having ancestors that crossed the plains to join the saints in the Salt Lake Valley. I married a returned missionary, who also had been a life long member of the church. We are coming up on 40 years together this winter. Over these years, we’ve had our share of challenges and heartache, as well as much joy. We count our family, our 7 children and 21 grandchildren our greatest joy. Our 6 living children and their families all live in different States from North to South, East to West throughout the United States. I am an identical twin. I so enjoy gathering with my siblings/families who are all in the Salt Lake Valley. I express my thank to my Heavenly Father and recognize our His hand and blessings to us in our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

As a life-long member, I had confidence in my parents that they were teaching me good and correct principles and values. I had few, if any doubts, and it was easy for me to develop my own testimony. The challenges to my faith came when I was older, after marriage and children. In 1985, we sorrowed as our 6 year daughter old was taken from us in a school bus accident. We learned to recognize the great blessings of the atonement and the doctrine of “eternal” families as we felt strengthened to move forward with faith. Now, these many years later, we have suffered another loss; our sweet 4 year old granddaughters, who came to earth as conjoined twins, sharing a heart and liver, passed away a year ago while in surgery, trying to prepare them for a possible, yet unpredidented try at separation. We rejoice that we had them with us for much longer than anticipated, but, we also miss them beyond words. We have found, however, that our earlier trek down this road has been a blessing to be able to comfort and assure our daughter and her family of the great blessings they have in store for them as they to move forward with faith in a loving Heavenly Father that knows them and is aware of them. Other personal difficulties have come; financial, health, etc., but the consisitency of trying to live the gospel, believing in a loving Heavenly Father, and His son, Jesus Christ has given me strength and hope that all will be well. "For with God, nothing shall be be impossible." (Luke 1:37)

How I live my faith

My life centers around the experiences I have with my family and my church. We run a home-based business, so my day to day is not "out and about" in the community too much, but we try to be good neighbors and good examples to those we do meet. I've had many opportunities to develop "talents" in the church. I've been an organist since I was 16, I've worked with all ages of church members through the years, but mostly the young children and the women of the church. I've learned that serving others provides great joy. One of the best ways to help "overcome" our own problems is to help someone else with theirs. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I know He is Heavenly Father’s only begotten. His sacrifice for me, through the resurrection and the atonement, gives me peace and assurance that I can meet and do all that is required of me. The morning that our little twins were on the way to the hospital for surgery and for what would be their final day on this earth, they were each humming together, in perfect tune, to a CD of a song they had learned in their home and at their children’s classes at church. Here are the words: (1st verse) “I feel my Savior’s Love in all the world around me. His Spirit warms my soul through everything I see. (Chorus) He knows I will follow him, Give all my life to him. I feel my Savior’s love. The love He freely gives me. (2nd verse) I feel my Savior’s love; it’s gentleness enfolds me, And when I kneel to pray, my heart is filled with peace. (3rd Verse) I feel my Savior’s love and know thyat he will bless me. I offer him my heart; my shepherd he will be. (Words: Ralph Rodgers Jr. , Music: K. Newll Dayley) What a sweet testimony of Christ, unknowingly shared by these sweet little girls who were soon to be embraced by Him! I’m Joan. I’m a wife, a mother, grandmother, lover of good music, lover of the beautiful world we live in, and yes, I'm a Mormon! .