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Hi I'm Joanna

I love helping people and solving problems. I believe God guides us daily. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now I work in the back operations department of a bank. I love helping people with technology, finding solutions to problems that make our work go smoother, and I'm constantly working to improve myself so I can be a better employee. A few years ago, however, I had no energy at all--and my eating and living habits weren't good. I felt stuck. I liked reading books about self-improvement and had all kinds of plans, but I never really seemed to get anywhere. Then, because of an assignment I had from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I went to see a doctor (I wouldn't have gone, otherwise.) He told me I needed to change the way I lived, gave me a way to do it--and I believe the Lord prepared me to listen. I acted on the council of the doctor, went seeking more council, and since then I've been able to improve my health and the way I live--the Lord's way, receiving knowledge from the Lord a little at a time. Now, whenever I want to improve myself and the way I live, I seek the Lord's help first. When I pray for guidance, and when I really listen for the answers, they come. Sometimes those answers may not make sense at the time they come, but I know they do, and when I follow the Lord's guidance, good things happen.

Why I am a Mormon

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we teach that God is the literal Father of our spirits, and that we have the potential to become like him. Because of this I know that while life is a test, it is not just a test--it is a wonderful opportunity that our Father in Heaven has given us to learn from our experience. I know that Jesus Christ came here so that when we make mistakes (and we all do), we can repent and be clean again, and that his sacrifice is for everyone. I know that our Father in Heaven loves us and wants to hear from and speak to each of us, and that each of us, His children, can come to know Him, and be led by Him. So, no matter what this life brings, planned or unplanned, I know that I can trust my Father in Heaven and that in Him and His perfect Son, Jesus Christ, I can have peace.

How I live my faith

I pray every morning and every night on my knees--but I also will pray informally many times during the day: in the car, if I have a difficult problem, or if I hear about someone who's having a hard time, I'll pause and say a silent prayer for them. Noticing people around me is also important: making room for other cars on the road, or making room for a person in a wheelchair on the sidewalk. Last year I felt prompted to find additional ways to serve, so now I'm a guest service missionary on temple square--I usher for Music and the Spoken word and other events on temple square. I love greeting people and assisting them during these events.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

As a woman who is a Mormon, and who is single, I must say that I have never been made to feel unequal to the men of the church. Both men and women have responsibilities, both in and out of the family. I have gone on a proselyting mission, received a lot of assignments within the church, and been able to serve in many ways. I have also been able to observe married couples acting as equal partners in what they do. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

I see proxy baptisms performed in the temple as opening a gate: whether or not people pass through is up to them. Without the proxy baptism, the gate remains locked, so there is no choice, the way remains shut. I think it is the height of mercy that God would provide a way for all to receive the ordinances of salvation, if they are willing. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The gift of the Holy Ghost means that a person can have the Holy Ghost as a constant companion. Everyone in this life can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost from time to time, but if a person receives the gift of the Holy Ghost, and lives so that they can have that presence with them every day, the Holy Ghost acts as not only a guide, but also an enabling power, and a refining power in that person's life. I know that as I have followed the promptings of the Holy Ghost, I have been led to live in better ways, and have been able to bless the lives of others. Show more Show less