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Hi I'm Joann

I'm a PhD. I am a mother of 8, work full time in a Director/Manager position at a prestigious Jesuit University. I am a Mormon.

About Me

This year as I became a grand mother, I also successfully defended my dissertation, before this year, I converted when I was 18. I lost my dad in an auto accident when I was 25. I played college basketball until I was pregnant with my first baby. I was a single mother of 5 while getting my bachelors degrees, one in Marketing and one in Psychology. I owned a children's clothing store while my kids were young so they didn't have to go to daycare. I have worked full time most of my adult life while caring for my elderly mother and step father in our home till they passed. I received my master's degree and then was offered a sensational career position with the same Jesuit University. I work full time in a Director position. I have full time staff, student employees, and own the Universities mascot who goes to work with me everyday. I married a kind man with 3 daughters, together we have six girls and two boys. My youngest daughter attends a private Catholic high school. One son recently served his mission and now redshirts on a Division 1 football team. My oldest son just got married and we are blessed to still have him alive. We've cried many tears through the teenage years with the challenges of free agency and a combined family. We never stopped loving them. Recently we celebrated weddings, college graduations, and jobs as the children moved into their later twenties. I am not perfect, my kids are not perfect, thank goodness the love of my Heavenly Father is perfect.

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to date an LDS young man when I was a junior in high school. He wasn't active at the time. We dated through graduation and he shared the gospel with me. The first time I heard the Joseph Smith story I knew it to be true. I instantly knew the church was true and have never doubted. I had to wait for baptism until I was 18. My parents didn't completely oppose they just wanted me to be sure. They welcomed the missionaries into our home. My mother was a devout Polish Catholic and my older half siblings disowned me for my choice to join the church. They will get over it someday, that was about 30 years ago.

How I live my faith

I work in a Catholic University and share my testimony everyday in how I live. I travel for work often. My calling in the Church is "emergency preparedness".