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Hi I'm Joan

I've been a Mormon all of my life. I have six kids, 21 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

About Me

My husband and I have six children, 21 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. We are very blessed. At age 78, I still substitute in our local school district as a Spanish or English teacher. I love doing genealogy and finding more about my Englilsh, Welsh and Norwegian ancestors, putting flesh on the bones. I played the violin until a torn rotor cuff a couple of years ago. I have written some articles including nine years as a columnist for a local newspaper. I'm pretty politically active, including six years as a school board member several years ago. My husband and I have enjoyed traveling both within the United States and in Europe, Asia and Central America.

Why I am a Mormon

I am so grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love the scriptures, the Old and New Testaments and the Book of Mormon, all of which testify of Jesus Christ. I love my family, and I know that our family can be together in the eternities because of our Temple covenants that we have made and keep. And I just like going to church on Sundays, associating with others who believe as I do and learning or teaching. I would so love to share Christ's beautiful teachings with everyone.

How I live my faith

I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and over the years have served in various capacities. Currently, my husband and teach the 11-year-olds in Sunday School. They are such bright, enthusiastic youngsters. However, the highlight of our church service was our 18-month mission to Central America where we lived in Guatemala and were humanitarian missionaries. If there was a famine, mudslide, or other disaster in part of one country, we were there determining needs and then ordering the necessary food, clothing and water, or medicine. We traveled all over the five northern-most Central American countries. Everyone should have such an experience. We are so blessed and we loved sharing our talents to help others. We helped with a Casa Materna in the north western part of Guatemala providing powdered milk for the anemic mothers, hospital equipment for the understaffed local hospital, sophisticated lab equipment for the lab, etc. That was one of 80 projects we helped accomplish while there. Maybe schools needed desks or books or marking pens. We provided food for a drought-striken section in the north central part of Guatemala where the families living in stick shelters had only a handful of corn between then and starvation. Since returning to the U.S., I have gone back to Guatemala four times with baby kits (four diapers, four pins, two bars of soap, blanket, gowns, etc) to give to poor women, particularly the pregnant unmarried teenagers, of which there are sadly, too many. My husband and I also serve in the Oakland, CA temple one day a week as volunteers. That is one of the highlights of my week.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Additonally, senior missionaries, like we were, pay all of their own expenses for 6 -18 - 24 months. We did have a Church-provided automobile in Central America, but for day-to-day use, we paid the gas. When we traveled outside of Guatemala City (43,000 miles in 18 months, just in Guatemala), the Church reimbursed us. We paid our apartment rent, utilities, and groceries during this 18 month period. The young people who serve missions pay their own way or their parents and other family members help them. Sometimes, a whole congregation may pick up the tab for a needy missionary who wants to serve but lacks the resources. Show more Show less