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Hi I'm Joanna!

Hi! I am from Southern California. I am 23 yrs old & have returned from my mission in New Mexico Albuquerque Mission!

About Me

I grew up a Mormon but for a long time my family was inactive. When I was about 15 or 16 we started going back to church. It was difficult at the beginning but I am happy to say that I love this church and I have felt the blessings that come from going to church, reading the scriptures, and living the gospel. I love all forms of art. I like to sing, play guitar, and read. I have decided to serve a mission and I have been called to serve at the New Mexico, Albuquerque mission. So excited to share the joy that the gospel brings with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt the Spirit guide me back to the church when my family and I were inactive. The love and this sense of knowing your doing something right is what motivates me to continue to stay true to the faith. I have seen the blessings that come from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know this church is true because something this good and pure that has done so much good in the world can not be bad. I have seen the lives of my family and others change because of this gospel and i know that this is the true church of Christ. I know that families can be together forever through a temple marriage performed by a priesthood holder. The Holy Ghost has been felt by so many people that testify that this church is true. It has testified to me the truthfulness of the scriptures and the words of the prophets. I am proud to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon).

How I live my faith

I do not have a formal calling or job in my little branch, but I do feel it a responsibility to be kind and sit next to those people who are knew and do not know anyone. I know what it's like to be new and have nobody talk to you. I want to be a good example for the younger girls because I know how difficult it can be growing up in a world where so much is put on beauty, status, and money. I feel it's a responsibility to show the young girls that they don't have to jeopardize their standards to have a boy friend or friends. The good people will come to you. I do however help the sisters in my branch to plan certain activities such as last years christmas activity. I am always happy to help.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Joanna!
We have a strong belief in the importance of family. We believe that God created man and woman to have children, thus creating a family. Through revelation to the Prophet Joseph Smith we know that God has given us a way to be with our families for all eternity. In Doctrine and Covenants 130:2 it says the, "same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there (in eternity), only it will be coupled with eternal glory". The wonderful ordinance of being sealed to our families for all eternity is performed in our sacred temples. This ordinance can only be performed in the temple of God. God wishes for all of us to be happy and to have our families with us forever and through His grace and power we can have an eternal family. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Joanna!
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints build temples to become closer to God, become better prepared to meet Him in the end, and perform sacred ordinances. Temples are the house of Lord. In the Temple we perform marriages which are not only for this life but for all eternity. In the temple we also have sealing ordinances for families where the whole family can eventually dwell with God together. We can have the same parents, brothers, and sisters for all eternity. Another ordinance we do is baptisms for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. A member starting at age 12 can serve as the body, while a priesthood holder does the baptism but by using the name of the diseased person. In the temple there are many more things, but we do not discuss them because they are sacred. There is no amount of money one could pay to enter because the Lord does not use our currency. All the Lord asks is that you make yourself worthy to enter the temple. Converts can enter after one year of being a member. I promise you if you stay firm the joys and blessings of the temple will greatly bless your life as it has mine. Show more Show less