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Hi I'm Joan

I grew up all over the West. I work at a non-profit organinzation that helps Seniors stay in their homes and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Getting divorced was a very hard thing for me to do, but, in the long run, it was one of the best decisions of my life. My 4 sons are the meat of my world, and their 7 children are the dessert. What joy they bring to me! One of my favorite things to do is pull out my camera and take pictures of my precious grandchildren doing all the things children do. They are such fun. Growing things is also a passion of mine. I love how forgiving Nature is along with it's beauty. Watching things grow and share their beauty with the world brings me joy. I get really sad when my vegetable garden dies and I have to buy tomatos in the store. They just don't taste as good as fresh picked off the vine! I thank my Heavenly Father often for this beautiful world that has been created for His children. I've spent the last five years trying to recover from being laid off from my job at a newspaper, just before the bottom fell out of our nations economy. Being older has made my road much harder. I sometimes long for the way things were before this great recession hit our world, and other times I thank my Heavenly Father for helping me to remain in my home and have a bed with a pillow and blanket to lay my head at night, hot, running water, indoor plumbing and food in my refrigerator. I once took these things for granted. Now I know that they are blessings of loving Father.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have come to have a testimony of the truth of it's teaching by studying the scriptures, testing it's principles and using my faith in a loving Father in Heaven to find my own way. I have read the Book of Mormon at least ten times (most likely more). Each time I read it, I find new insight into the way I should live my life. I have also read the Old Testament, the New Testament the Docrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price several times. As I have read these scriptures, I have gained of testimony of the greatness of the people who have shared their lives in them, and the great examples they are for me. Their lives have become great teachers to me in how I should live my life. I love these great people, from Adam and Eve, down to the Prophet Joseph Smith and his willingness to give up his life for His Savior. The most important thing that I learned in all of the scriptures is the testimony that I have of my Savior, even He who is Jesus the Christ. I know that he loves me, an imperfect woman. I know that he chose to die on the cross for me because He loves me. But also, I know that He chose to die on the cross because He believes in me. Because He knew that if He gave me a way back, I could do it. He believes in me! How I love Him!

How I live my faith

One of the most wonderful things about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the friends that I have made through the Visiting Teaching program. This program gives me women who need a friend and ask me visit with them in their homes and just see how they are doing. See if they need anything, let them share their lives with me, and in the process, I have learned to love these women. Women I would never have known otherwise. I love teaching my friends at church about our Savior and have delighted in being a Sunday School teacher. We study all of the scriptures. This year we have been studying the New Testatment and all about the Saviors mortal life. What a joy it is to study all that He taught us while on this earth, and then share these things I have learned with my class members. Another thing I love is going out into the community and helping with different projects. Through the church I have help paint peoples homes who otherwise could not afford to do this. With the help of others in our community, we, as a church have built hiking trails, spruced up a high school and painted a Senior Center. It felt so good to do these projects with my fellow Christians.