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Hi I'm Joanne

I love tennis and pugs, singing and dancing, making cakes and quilts, New York City and Paris. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother of three. My father was in the Navy as I was growing up and our family criss-crossed the United States several times. I graduated from college with a degree in medical technology and worked nine years in a hospital hematology lab. When my second child was born, I became a full-time mom at home, joyful over every cookie baked and ride chauffered. I learned to bake and decorate cakes, English smocking, quilting, and became a devoted tennis fan (and sometimes player). As my children approached adulthood, I became a substitute teacher and taught every subject and age, from auto shop in high school to pre-kindergarten. I love walking, especially in the early morning, traveling to places I always hoped to see, big family dinners, deep discussions, and reading, reading, reading!

Why I am a Mormon

My family usually attended church only on Easter and Christmas but even as a very little girl I felt church was sacred and special and always believed in God. When my family moved once again from the East Coast, my older brother stayed behind to finish college. While there, he became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He came home the summer before his senior year and became engaged to a young woman, making plans to marry the next June following his graduation. During that year, my senior year of high school, my then future sister-in-law took me to many church activities and meetings where I could observe and listen and ponder. After my brother's wedding, he and his wife left for their new home on the East Coast and I was in a dilemma. By then I had been regularly attending Sunday meetings and young adult activities with my sister-in-law, but now it was up to me. I decided to keep attending and as the summer was ending and college was near, I happened to attend a retreat that featured a professor from BYU, Reed Bradford. That weekend was life-altering for me as I sat in a corner listening to..every. .word..he..spoke. He spoke humbly of his family and my soul ached for a family like his one day. I came home with the very strong impression that I should join the Church before I left for college and began meeting with the missionaries. I had just wanted to get baptized and didn't really understand why I had to go through discussions and read this or that, but it was one night while reading the Book of Mormon scripture verses that had been marked for me, that I felt such an amazing revelation that God was speaking to me personally and confirming to me that what I was reading was truth, real truth, and this was not just about joining a church that was fun or comfortable or friendly. I had been shown truth from God which I could not deny and now joining the Church was something I must do and it would be forever because it was true. It still is.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to always remember Jesus Christ and follow His example. I know He would want me to serve others, so I try faithfully to honor and fulfill the responsibilities given me by our leaders. I have especially loved and appreciated the many opportunities to teach little children, youth, and adults. As I have taught Sunday School and other classes, my own understanding and testimony has strengthened and that helps me draw closer to my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I try to be an example of the Savior in my relationships with others, especially within my family. As a mother, I know that I have great influence in my home and I want to be kind, forgiving, and charitable as the Savior would be. I try to have our home be a loving sanctuary from the world where we can have peace. I try to be a witness of God at all times and stand up for righteous principles and be a compassionate member of my community. Daily prayers, scripture study, and seeking the guidance of the Spirit help me to understand what I should do to help build the Lord's kingdom here on earth