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Hi I'm Joanie

I am a single mom of 5 children. I'm a Momon.

About Me

I grew up in Colorado, graduated high school in 1983, and soon after had my 1st child. I have spent the better part of my life working. 2 years ago I decided I wanted to go back to school, I would love to graduate from my degree same time when my youngest graduates high school, this would be 3 years. I love hiking, relaxing with a good movie, and being with my children. I have worked in the casino world, that is where I really learned to appreciate money only as a tool in the work place and nothing more. I have been in management in several different types of work, and loved each and every experience that came with it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up around Mormons, and I always say how happy they were. I was baptized as a Baptist in the First Baptist church. While attending my meetings the one question I always had was if God loves me, why then would my family and I be seperated after death. It was not till I was a parent myself that this question became more relevant in my own life. By now I was a Pentecostal, I believed in all that Christ said He could do, but the nagging question always came back about my family. The ministers i learned from would tell me that it was just meant to be that way. Not till 2001 did I open my heart up to more. I began reading the Book of Mormon, setting out to prove it to be true with the assistance of my King James Bible. As I read each and every word of the Book of Moroni, I realized that my questions were being answered about families. I began my journey with my now ex husband by reading the Book of Mormon. I came to the scripture that told me I needed to be baptized by the proper authority, I met the missionaries and asked them when they would teach me. They began the end of July 2001, and by the 23rd of August 2001 I was being baptized. Since that time, my children choose to be baptized after they too met with the missionaries. In the first 5 years as a member of the Church, my marriage ended on the note of domestic violence, my mom passed away at the young age of 65 from Cancer, I have struggled to make ends meet every month, and yet they are met every month, and I would NOT trade my challenges for anything. If given the opportunity to go back and change anything, I would not. I count everyday as a blessing. I am so thankful for my membvership in the Church. I am so proud to consider myself a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am a volunteer with young men as a Scout Leader. I volunteer every Friday night at the Temple in the locker room greeting each and every sister as they come in. I teach a financial class for Sunday School on Sundays and follow that up with a financial workshop on Wednesdays. I realize how much we all struggle with our budgets, and I feel all that I have learned in my many jobs can be of assistance to others. I teach by life experience. I have been a member since 2001, and I have been a Welcome Lady to our neighborhood, a missionary in our local church area/neighborhood, I have been a teacher to young primary age children and then those of young teenage children. I once had the privelege of being a young womens leader, wow did I learn a thing or two :-) Daily at work, I have the chance to testify of the love I feel from Jesus everyday. I foind it easier to be positive in my environment and surroundings than to be negative. I believe that I have more to share when I am happy than when I am negative. I care for a widower, and each time I visit I hear wonderful stories of the past and laugh while they are being told. I enjoy all that life has to give.