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Hi I'm Joan.

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah but I have lived in Minnesota, Wyoming, and even in Guangzhou, China.

About Me

I'm married, the mother of five children, grandmother of eleven, and a retired school teacher, school secretary, and library aide. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our children and their families, reading good books, moderate hiking and camping mostly in the Wind River and the Unita Mountains, biking, and working in my home and yard. My husband and I spent a wonderful academic year in Guangzhou, China, teaching English and traveling to many places in China while there. I like to travel and see new people and places. Several years ago we traveled with my parents and brothers and their wives in Israel, spending some time in Cairo and Paris as well, and more recently we enjoyed an Alaskan cruise as an extended family. I spent a week traveling with my mother in southern England and later Vancouver, BC. My husband and I have explored the San Juan and Whitbey Islands, beaches of southern Oregon, NYC, Washington D.C. area and various historical locations, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and Grand Teton Parks and other national and state parks mostly in the West.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first of all because I was born to parents who were members of the church and took me to church with them as I was growing up. I am a Mormon now because I believe that I and the members of my family can be happiest by living the principles that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches. These gospel principles provide direction, hope, comfort, and peace. I know that many of the problems in the world today could be solved if gospel principles were practiced and lived around the world.

How I live my faith

I participate in local humanitarian work with adult women and teach eight and nine year old children in my church on Sundays. For the past two years I taught reading in a local elementary school. Before that I volunteered at other elementary schools and at an adult English language center.