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Hi I'm Joleen

I am a Mom of 4 boys, I have ten siblings, I volunteer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Indiana being the youngest girl of eleven children. My parents raised us in the Catholic Church and I remember feeling God in my life at an early age. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my freshman year of college. I was married in the Washington D. C. Temple and over the next ten years had 4 boys. I am divorced. I enjoy spending time with my boys, family, and friends. I taught middle school Family and Consumer Sciences, I enjoy uplifting music, doing Family History work, and going to the Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

I first met a “Mormon” when I was in high school. I knew very little about “Mormons” when he left on a church mission. I went off to college and during the first couple of months made some really bad choices. I received a Christmas card from the missionary and he invited me to read Moroni 10: 4-5. I couldn’t go home over Christmas break and was alone in my apartment. I decided to look up the scripture reference in my Bible, but couldn’t find it there (this should tell you how much I knew about the Bible). Then I remembered something about a “Book of Mormon.” I called the campus bookstore and asked if they had a Book of Mormon. They said, “We don’t sell that book here!” I then got out the phone book and tried to find a phone number for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I called the number, I asked how much it would cost to buy a Book of Mormon. The person said that if I let the missionaries bring it to me it would be free. Well I didn’t have any money, so I said ok. Two Sister Missionaries brought me a Book of Mormon and I talked with them about Joseph Smith and Jesus Christ. When I heard what these women had to say, my heart swelled within me, my soul seemed to ‘grow’ and I knew what they said was correct! I met with the missionaries over the next several weeks and was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 9 Feb 1980. I know that God was watching over me and sent that Christmas card my way to help me discover truth. If I had not acted upon that gift from God, I am sure I would have had a very different life…. I have seen God’s hand in my life many times over. When I do my part by staying close to Him and act as the Savior did, then I am blessed beyond measure and feel their presence guiding me. I am grateful for this knowledge of truth and light and desire to share it with others who struggle and need truth and happiness in their own life!

How I live my faith

Over 32 years now, I have been asked to teach and plan activities for the little children, high school students, adults for Sunday School, adult women on Sunday’s and for their monthly activities, and I now help run the Sunday and weekly activities with our young women. Almost 2 years ago, I was asked to work with our young women. You need to understand that I was never a ‘girly, girl’. I was a tomboy as a child, and had 4 sons. I didn’t know how to do 'girl stuff'. During this same time, I was dealing with some very difficult personal problems that were overwhelming to me. I was scared to deal with my problems and didn’t know what I was going to do. I started to make some personal goals to put myself where I needed to be for God so that then He would be able to guide me. A couple of months later, a new calendar year was beginning with a new theme for the youth, Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”The young women had been challenged to memorize this scripture. How could I expect this of them if I didn’t memorize it myself? I began to memorize it by reciting it every morning after I said my prayers and before I started my own scripture study. One morning as I was praying for strength to get through my own problems, I realized God’s hand in my life, again. I had been asked to help the young women at church so that I would be led to this scripture that would provide me with what I was seeking, strength and courage but even more I needed to NOT be AFRAID. The spirit of God came over me that morning and I sobbed in gratitude for my Heavenly Father, for His presence in my life, and His help when I thought all was lost. This scripture became MY motto and allowed me to help others who were feeling like I had been feeling. I was asked to help the young women not only because they needed my help but because I needed their’s!