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Hi I'm JoLin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife to a kind and good companion and the mother of three beautiful daughters. They are my greatest accomplishments. I am also an elementary educator. I love teaching and seeing my students find the joy of learning to read. Some of my hobbies are sewing, reading, crafts, shopping, traveling, and family history. A favorite vacation spot for my family and I is Lake Powell which sits on the UT/AZ border. I grew up boating and waterskiing with my family and easily converted my husband to this recreation also. I enjoy seeing our daughters grow up into young ladies and learning to be independant young adults. My husband and I spend most of our free time centered around the events and happenings of our children. Sports, music, dance, theatre, and friends keep us actively involved in their lives year round and we love it! I enjoy being a wife and mother; each season of my life has brought with it different blessings and challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church and had a wonderful childhood growing up in a small Utah town settled by early pioneers. I have always been blessed with good friends, both male and female, who helped me to be true to myself and to live up to the teachings of our church leaders. I attended church with my family and friends, but really began to gain my own testimony by attending Girls Camp each summer. There is a special and sacred spirit that comes from being in nature, surrounded by God's magnificent creations! There is no denying of a higher being when I'm in His beautiful mountains. Another event that helped shape my testimony was participating in the Mormon Miracle Pageant each summer on the Manti Temple Hill. This was a great way to spend summer evenings with friends who shared the same values. I was blessed with the opportunity of release-time Seminary during high school. This was a nice break from the required classes and helped me keep my goals and values aimed in the right direction during some of the most fun and difficult years of growing up. My sites were always set on going to the temple. The Manti Temple could be seen all around the Sanpete valley where we lived. My parents were good and faithful people, but had never been sealed in the temple. I wanted this blessing so badly growing up, and made it a goal for myself to marry in the temple from the beginning. As a family we were able to participate in the rededication of the Manti Temple. Two years after I had married my husband in the St. George Temple, I was able to return to Manti to be sealed to my parents and siblings. This had been a long awaited day. I felt my heart would burst with gratitude that day! My father passed away eight years ago which has been the most difficult event of my life, but God's plan assures me that I will see him again if I live a good and faithful life. I am happiest when I keep His commandments.

How I live my faith

Living in a small community, it takes everyone wearing multiple hats to keep things going. I have many opportunities to serve in the community being. Fundraising, service, sports, and school events all give me opportunities to meet and associate with people of my own faith and many friends of other faiths. I have been blessed in each church calling I've had. I have served in Primary, Young Women's, and am currently serving in the Nursery with my husband. I enjoy the blessings and challenges of each new calling. I enjoy planning events that bring people together. I try to live my faith in accordance with the principles that have been established in the Family Proclamation. It can be a challenge to do everything that is required of us, and I am still learning the wisdom in choosing things that matter most. My husband and I strive to have family meals together, family prayers, and scripture study. Our lives go so much smoother when we are all striving to achieve the same goals. We have better discussions, better communication, more meaningful time together, and are able to cope with the every day challenges that come from being human and living in this world. We find peace, hope, and security in listening to our church leaders. When I become discouraged, overwhelmed, depressed, or downhearted, I have to take a step back and realize my blessings and pray a little longer, a little harder, and renew my faith in a loving Heavenly Father who really does love me and answer my prayers. He sees the bigger picture and will lead and guide me if I will only ask and seek his guidance in my life. I am happy to be a Mormon. I know this is the true church. May you and your family be blessed with this same knowledge and power in your own lives.