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Hi I'm Joann

I was born in Salt Lake City. I come from a culturally diverse family. I'm studding Chemical Engineering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning. I'm studying chemical engineering at the University of Utah and I have found that doing math can be fun. I love to sing. I sing my face off every day, all day even if I don't know the words to songs I'm singing. I am a pretty huge Jane Austen and Harry Potter fan. My mom was born in Poland and my dad in Chile, so I have been exposed to different cultures and societies my whole life. I have traveled through much of Europe as well as Mexico, Costa Rica, and Chile. When I was in middle school, my family moved to a small town in Chile for two years and, consequently, I speak fluent Spanish. I am also currently learning to speak Polish.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I was raised half Catholic half Mormon. I didn't get baptized into the Catholic church or have first communion, but I went to mass with my mother. I also went to Mormon church with my father. I only half lived the gospel while I was growing up. I didn't dress modestly or do other things that I was supposed to as a Mormon. Around the time I was in 7th grade, my family and I moved to Chile. We lived in a small town and there were only two members of the Mormon church living in that town when we arrived: myself, and my dad. In order to get to church there, were had to wait for a small bus to take us 20 min. away to an even smaller town where they have a church building where about 20 people attended. That was a HUGE change for me because I was used to everyone around me always being Mormon. It was during my time there, that I realized that I needed to decide what I really believed in. So, I decided to try to follow the things that I've been taught my whole life in the Mormon church. And I found that I was happier. I wasn't unhappy before, but I felt more comfortable with myself when I followed the things I had been told to do. Of course I'm not perfect, but I have found that continuing to live this gospel has brought me so much joy. I couldn't imagine my life with out the comfort the gospel brings. I know that there is life after our time here on this earth, and when we die, we can still be with our families for eternity. And that brings me such great joy and comfort.

How I live my faith

I strive to live the way my next door neighbors expect me to. Even though I live in Salt Lake City, most of my neighbors aren't Mormon, but they have an idea of what we believe in and they expect us to live by it. I live my faith by being friendly and welcoming as they are to me.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Joann
Families can together for time and for all eternity. God didn't put us in family relationships just to tare them apart once this life is over. That wouldn't be just. One of the reasons for all of the Mormon temples were build is so that we can perform a ordinance called sealing. This ordinance unites a husband, wife, and their children for the time that they spend here on earth and for the rest of eternity afterwards. Death is not the end of our existence, and God has blessed us with the opportunity to be with our families forever. Show more Show less