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Hi I'm JoAnna

I am a wife, mother of five children, a nurse and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife of 17 years, and a mother of five children. I am a registered nurse and work part time at a local hospital. I love reading novels, self-help books about motherhood, and almost anything interesting. I also like watching feel good movies, gardening, and traveling to see new places, when I have the time. My family is the most important thing to me. I use most of my time serving them in some way. I am the oldest daughter in a family of 8 children and have assumed the role of matriarch after my mother past away in 2003 with cancer. I love helping others both in my extended family and community. I lead a Girl Scout troop of younger girls, mostly my nieces, which is great fun. I have enjoyed learning new things as an adult, such as earning my black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and my BSN degree. Being a wife, mother, sister, co-worker, community leader and friend fills my life with joy in service!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents were converts in their twenties, so I don't have a long heritage in the church, but they brought the gospel to their own family. It has meant the world to me to have had the priviledge of growing up in the gospel. My most endearing memories are of family. The gospel of the LDS church is centered on family. It was my priviledge also to marry in the temple a wonderful man who was raised in the gospel. His family and mine have grown close through the years and feel like one. We've learned that God wants us all to have the "family experience" for a reason. HIs love for us can not be taught any other way. What a blessing to learn love, support, forgiveness, service and compassion in such a way that having families gives us. I am grateful for the guiding influence the Holy Spirit is in my life to help me learn to prepare myself, and my family, to live with our Father in Heaven again in an eternal family.

How I live my faith

I am a teacher in our women's organization, called Relief Society. I teach during this class on Sunday once a month. This has been such a great calling for me because it allows me the opportunity to study in detail basic principles of the gospel and lead a discussion about them with the women of our church. We learn a lot from each other and strengthen one another. I've also worked in other areas such as our children's church group, the Primary, and the youth group for teen girls, the Young Women, in their presidencies. These callings and assignments strengthened my testimony of Heavenly Father's love for all of his children. Youth and children have insight on things in such a way that adults either forgot or can't see. Serving in the church is a great way to feel closer to the Lord and to each other. Friendships are made when planning events, sharing testimony, and encouraging each other to live righteously. I've also enjoyed being a visiting teacher and meeting with other women in the church to share gospel messages and strengthen them in times of need. It may seem hard at times to do all that we must do in life, but the joy that comes from keeping the commandments is worth the effort. We can help each other along the way through serving each other. One day it may be me that is serving another individual of our ward and other days it may be my sisters in the gospel who lift me up when I feel down. What a treasure of love we can experience!

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

JoAnna
Being from the southern states in the U.S., there are many in our area that have given up wearing traditional "Sunday best" in preference to everyday attire that is more comfortable. Our belief is that wearing our best to church is an outward expression of our love and respect for our Father in Heaven. In my family, the women and girls wear dresses or skirts with dress shoes, and the men and boys wear suits or slacks with a dress shirt and tie. We encourage our boys to wear white shirts rather than colors because it is also out of respect to the sacredness of the day. The sabbath is a day to worship and serve the Lord. We are not looking to judge others in their choice of dress, but a modest choice of clothing in a style that is appropriate to the occasion is what we desire. Our family looks forward to holidays and celebrations. We recognize the holidays that are celebrated in the U.S. like most everyone else, but in a clean fun way. When thinking about specific mormon traditions I realize that what may seem unique to someone else, we may take for granted. We do have special events we celebrate wiithin our families such as a baby's blessing day, a baptism, sending a missionary or receiving one home from a mission. These are special occations that have religious significance, and are celebrated as milestones. We might have a family meal or other way of recognizing this event and setting it apart as something to remember. Often extended family and friends are invited. Show more Show less