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Hi I'm Jo Ann

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Arizona almost 20 years ago. I am the mother of three daughters and grandmother of three. I have always loved to read and usually have a good mystery book going. I am a convert and enjoy doing a lot of family history work. I am the only member in my family, so there is much to do. I enjoy it and often feel my full-time job gets in the way of my family history work. Unfortunately, my mortgage company does not feel the same way. I am hoping to retire in about seven years and then will be able to work much harder at it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert and I was not an easy sell. It took about 5 sets of missionaries and two years before I agreed to be baptized. I was raised in a strong Catholic home and it was hard to let that go. But the more I learned and the more I went to church, things started to make sense. I had one last area I was having trouble accepting. The missionaries challenged me to fast with them for one day. It was hard but I did. I expected an immediate answer the next day but it didn't come. Several days later, we were at a friends house for dinner and a discussion was started that lead to this area. I found myself talking positively about this and it felt right. I was baptized two weeks later. My conversion has been a slow and steady process. I have learned much and have much to learn. One of the things I like best about being a Mormon is that there are no gray areas, things are either right or wrong and believe it or not, it makes my life easier.

How I live my faith

I am a Family History consultant in our ward. I enjoy helping others get started or do research to find their family members. I do a lot of temple work for my family members. I consider it a privilege and an honor. The best results I got, when searching for my family members, was when my husband and I decided to attend the temple more often. Once we started doing that, the research opened up and the names came easily. I am grateful that Heavenly Father was patient with me during the rebellious times in my life and lead me to His church. It has changed my life for the better. He brought a wonderful man into my life who is a great example to me and I hope to be with him for all eternity. I know God lives and loves me. He blesses my life everyday and I am so grateful for that.