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Hi I'm Joan

I'm a wife, a mom, and a small business owner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a mom of two, and a self-taught graphic designer. I started my own business to help pay bills while my husband was a full time student. I'm the youngest of 11 children, 8 of whom were adopted--4 were adopted from Korea. I love learning new things and have always tried to keep an open mind.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up LDS. My parents joined the church as a young married couple long before I was born. Even at a young age, I appreciated the things my parents taught me. I was blessed with a strong support system by going to church. I didn't have a lot of LDS friends which made it hard for me to be 'different' in the decisions I was making, but I always knew my parents and teachers at church loved and supported me. As I got older and saw so many of my friends stop going to church, I knew I had to make up my own mind. I love learning and studied many other religions. The Lord's love was something I felt my entire life. I knew I was a child of God. I knew He had sent his Son, Jesus Christ, here to earth. I knew that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven of my sins. I knew all these things and while I studied other religions, I could of course see truths in them, too. But I could always come back to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and feel the fullness of knowledge. Questions I had could be answered. I know in my heart AND my mind the truth that is taught. And while I believe anyone can feel the love of our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ, I feel complete as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

As a mom, being an example is critical! I can talk and teach with words all day long, but it's really my actions that my children see. In my family, we all try hard "to be Christlike". To us, that means being charitable: feeling a pure love for those around us, looking for ways we can serve one another, not judging other people for their appearance and actions, and trying to make good, ethical decisions. One example that stands out is something my daughter remembers from a few years ago. I had my two young, very wiggly children with me. We were walking into the store and a woman stopped us. She had a dog with her and had some physical disabilities. She was not able to take the dog into the store & needed a few small items. I could easily have told her I was too busy--clearly I had my hands full. But we took the few minutes to retrieve the items this woman needed. It was a perfect teaching opportunity where I shared with my daughter that we try to live like the Savior did when he was on the earth. Would He have walked past a person in need? No. And how grateful I am that I was taught this early on in my life.