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Hi I'm Joanne

I grew up Mormon. My chosen occupation is: Homemaker and Grandma. To me, nurturing family is the best work there is.

About Me

I am a Grandma, mother, and yes also a daughter of elderly parents. Recently, I attended the birth of our new granddaughter, the youngest of our five grandchildren. Life makes more sense after that fabulous experience. My good fortune is to have a husband who shares the same intense family focus. We take parenting very seriously and try to make growing up fun, educational, and filled with character building opportunities and the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. When I need help as a mother, which is every day, my parenting textbooks are literally: the scriptures and the wonderful resources that the Church offers to families. As a daughter, honoring my aging parents has taught me incredible lessons about loyalty, trust, and kindness. We don't really understand some aspects of life unless we experience them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I was born into a Mormon family, but always felt free to go my own way. My parents actually encouraged me to investigate other religions. Early in my life I decided to try the path of being a Mormon, totally, before perhaps later going down other paths. If it didn't work out, then something else would. I never needed a better path. It had been a good way to live for many people that I loved and respected, like my immediate family, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. It seemed natural for me to try that way of life first, because it had worked well for them. The promises of living a good Christian life matched what I wanted for my future, so why try to find another way there? I already had the map! As I faced life securely grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the natural consequences followed. They were better than I could have imagined. I was protected and avoided many disappointments and troubles. Difficult choices faced by my peers were simplified for me as I applied what I had learned from Christ and put it to the test. Why not try His suggestions FIRST? What would He choose? Those gospel principles never failed me. When unsure of what to do, the Lord's direction was clearly found within the teachings of His church, and following that direction has made life so much better. My life has not always been easy. The hard parts were and are blessed with a walkable path through the refining times and into the full light of understanding. He truly works through His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its imperfect people like me. I am thankful that His gospel shows me how to, "Come Unto Him," and that He continues to invite me to come closer to Him every day. I am a Mormon today because Jesus Christ leads me in this path. I am a Mormon because the teachings of Jesus Christ truly work for me and my family.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by following the light of Christ, constantly asking the question, What would He have me do? Anything that leads us to do good and brings peace and true joy comes from Christ. I try to build others and to show my love for them through my actions. At church, I am a teacher for a children's class full of young boys. The lessons are based on the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The teacher always learns the most and in the discussions we share varied perspectives and ways to apply gospel principles into our own lives. The boys are active and it is enjoyable to have fun with them while deepening our understanding of the Savior and his life. The coloring pages and activities help them to keep thinking about what we are learning together. In the community I like to help in areas that our kids are involved in. Now that they are all older, they like to be the main one giving service. It's great to watch and support their efforts.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being Mormon is like participating in a world wide, heaven-sent, support system. The Church can truly meet our every need if we dig into the resources and materials searching for answers to our questions, problems, and goal projections. Being Mormon is like being one person within the body of Christ. Members are unified in His perfect system and valued as individuals with our unique contributions, learning curves, and abilities. Show more Show less