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Hi I'm Joanna

I love England, books and sunshine. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm from a family of six children, love being part of a big family. When I was younger my parents made my sister and I share a room, and we used to hate it. But now we're best friends, so I guess my parents were right! Although we're now scattered over much of England, I'm also very close to my group of friends, and spend way longer than I should on Skype and the phone - generally at the expense of laundry and other essential household chores! When I was younger, I loved to read and would fill up much of my spare time with books, and would read anything and everything - I was the biggest borrower from our school library. I then went to university and did an English Language and Literature degree, which I really enjoyed. I unfortunately don't get as much time for reading now as I used to, but still make time for my favourite authors, such as Anthony Trollope, Jerome K Jerome and Jane Austen. I still love the power novels have in tsking you to another world, and another person's experiences. Apart from this I love all sorts of sports, including dancing (I did bellydancing for a year at university), netball, ice-skating (although I'm very bad at it) and running. I enjoy going shopping with my friends. I also love learning about history, and visit museums and historical sites as much as I can. My favourite types of museums are the ones where you can see the environment where someone used to live, and can imagine how it might have been to live at that time.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this gospel teaching the truth, and helps us become like our Heavenly Father. As a Mormon, I know that I am a daughter of Heavenly Father, and as such have the potential to become like Him. This gives me the motivation to change, and to work steadily towards becoming a better, more Christlike person. This change is not always easy, but as I strive to love others as Jesus Christ loves them, and change the things that are holding me back, I can feel divine help and approval. Because I know that I come from Heavenly Father, and have the capacity to be as He is, I don't feel trapped by circumstances any more. I know that I have the power to choose my reactions, to make wise choices and to fulfil my potential. I still make mistakes, and plenty of them, but living this gospel fills me with hope. I have the hope for a better future, where I can become all that I would wish to be, and by doing the things I am supposed to on a daily basis, I know that I am slowly making my way towards this goal. This sense of purpose and progress gives me happiness and fulfilment, and helps to fill my life with joy.

How I live my faith

Every day, I begin my morning and end my evening by reading the scriptures. Reading focusses my life on God from the beginning of the day, and I learn more about Him every time I read. I also go to church every week, and am on the leadership team in the women's organisation of my ward. Leadership in the church is very different to leadership in the world - instead of being in charge, I am always trying to help others and make sure that the other women are supported through difficult times and feel loved. Sometimes this can be difficult, but the more I get to know the women, the more I love them and can feel God's love for them.