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Hi I'm Joanne

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Massachusetts, graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah, and currently work as a property manager in New Jersey. I am blessed to be the mother of twins, a boy and a girl, after years of trying and fertility treatments. Now they are grown, and my greatest joy is my grandchildren, who (unfortunately) live in Utah and North Carolina. The three I have now are about to become six this summer. I enjoy mystery books, old movies, crocheting and genealogy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a member of the church all my life. I remember my baptism day at age 8 and being so excited. I was always taught the principles and doctrines of the LDS church. But even if you are "raised in the church" there is a time when you have to decide for yourself. I was actually about 45 years old when I was asked to teach the adult Sunday School class. As I read and studied the scriptures and prayed about the things to teach, I started to build a real active testimony of gospel truths - that which goes from testimony to covernsion, or putting testimony into action. It was then that I decided that to be a "real Mormon" I had to truly commit to the gospel and actively seek to live it more fully every day. I have always appreciated the logic of the answers the LDS church doctrine provides. It was during that period of time when I went from a belief in the logic of what I had been taught, and the reliance on the testimonies of others, into a testimony of my own.

How I live my faith

In my 60 years of church activity, I have been asked to do many things. By accepting these "callings" I believe that Heavenly Father has helped to push me to growth and testimony that I would not have otherwise gained. Right now I am working as a Family History Consultant, working with patrons who come into the Family History Center as well as to help members of the congregation work on their genealogy. So many patrons become friends, and how excited we all get when someone finds a name that has eluded them for a long time! I am also a "Visiting Teacher" which is the program of the women's group to teach and support each other as women. I have five women who I visit or contact monthly. It is surprising how much we learn to love one another as we serve. How wonderful to feel that "safety net" of caring individuals around us as we visit each other and administer to their needs. My favorite callings have usually had to do with teaching. I have mostly taught the teenaged girls or the women, and I also love to teach the members how to do genealogy. I guess what I have learned the most is that as I have been actively engaged in living the gospel by working with others in the congregation to plan a function, teach a class, organize compassionate service, or give a talk in church that the point of the gospel is love. We learn to love those we serve; we learn to see them as our Heavenly Father sees them. No matter what I am doing to serve Heavenly Father's children, I grow in capacity and willingness to love. What a wonderful plan for all of us to grow and progress!