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Hi I'm Joan

I live in Indiana. I'm a wife, a mother, a dog owner, a pianist, a genealogist, a political volunteer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 57 years old. I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 20 some years. My family consists of my hard-working husband, who is a subcontracts manager; my son, who attends the local university; and my daughter, who attends the local community college. My father was also a big part of my life, until recently, when he passed away. I live next to a county park where I enjoy walking my Old English Sheepdog. I play the piano. Music is a great source of joy and comfort to me. I have degrees in Music Education, Electronic Technology, and Electrical Engineering. I worked in these fields until I became a stay-at-home mom. I have a passion for family history research. Genealogy is my reason for living! I find joy in the simple things of life. I like being happy and goofy. That's who I am!

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon as a result of my lifelong quest for happiness. I grew up in a very happy home. We attended the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church, every Sunday. I also belonged to Pioneer Girls; an organization similar to Girl Scouts, but with a religious emphasis. As a result, I developed a deep love of the Bible, and consequently, a deep love of God. Scripture study and prayer were a part of my daily life. Although I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior, and was happy, it seemed that something was missing in the various churches I attended. They offered me the "water of life", which I received willingly. But I was still thirsty. I was searching for more. My happy life changed, when I left home to attend college. I felt so alone; as if I were the only person on earth who believed in God. Consequently, I lost my way; and by the time I graduated, considered myself an atheist. As an atheist I became increasingly unhappy. About a year before my 30th birthday, I reflected on my life, and decided to make some changes, for the better. I became happier, but something was still missing. One day, shortly before my 30th birthday, as I contemplated what was missing in my life, the thought popped into my head, "You need to believe in God." I thought, "OK, I believe in God", followed by "I wonder what church I should join?" Shortly after this, a new summer-hire appeared at my workplace. He was a Mormon. I watched him like a hawk to determine what kind of person he was. Christ said, "By their fruits, ye shall know them." I was impressed, and wanted to learn more about his church. I met with the missionaries, who taught me about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I gained a testimony for myself, from God, that this is Christ's true church; that The Book of Mormon is the word of God; and that Joseph Smith truly was called by God to be His prophet. I was baptized and have never looked back. I have found the source of true happiness!

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday. I play the piano for our church choir. I also enjoy playing the piano, as needed, for other church activities. I enjoy working on my own family history and helping others with their genealogy. Sharing family history is an enjoyable way for me to stay in contact with close relatives (Aunts, Uncles, and cousins) and to meet new distant relatives. I also enjoy giving Books of Mormon to family and friends.