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Hi I'm JoAnn

I love family, music, and scriptures. I'm a church organist and have taught piano more than 50 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a grandmother of 25 and soon to have 1 great grandchild! Born in Arizona, I graduated from ASU with a BS in education but have been privileged to be a stay at home mom all my married life and have found fulfillment there. My family and my Savior are my first love. I keep very busy-sometimes too busy- and am never bored. I have taught piano for 50 years and most recently organ. I love music (and dance) and enjoy playing the organ in church! Some of our children have been High School and College athletes so we have spent much time in sport activities. My husband and I taught English in Jinan, China for a year and later served a mission in Taichung, Taiwan. We have been privileged to travel all over the world (Israel, Egypt, Brazil, Argentina, Meso-America, Mexico, China) but as retirees, now spend much time traveling to visit our married children.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I grew up in a Mormon family and was baptized at age 8, upon leaving home to attend college in Hawaii I was unsure of my beliefs. I knew I had been leaning on my parents’ faith. I earnestly read the Book of Mormon with a prayerful heart, asking my Heavenly Father to know if it was true or not and felt the warm promptings of the Holy Spirit. I love the Bible, especially the New Testament, and dearly love how the Book of Mormon complements the Bible and explains puzzling doctrine. Throughout my life I have gained a testimony of different principles of the Gospel (such as tithing) by living that principle and putting it to the test. I have a testimony of God’s love and that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and my personal Redeemer. I also know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and restored the church as Jesus had established it in ancient times and that we have a living prophet today that guides us through troubled times.

How I live my faith

While I have had some serious trials in my life, I find strength and peace through personal prayer. My husband and I also pray daily as a couple which helps in our relationship. We try to have a “Family Home Evening” on Monday evenings as we did when our children were young and sometimes share a lesson and games with grandchildren. But when we are by ourselves we work on a Sunday School lesson or family project, watch a show or play a game. We work in the Temple once a week and also attend the Temple to worship and renew our covenants with the Lord. We find great peace in the Temple. After exercising many week-day mornings, we study the scriptures and listen to talks by living prophets. We try to serve in the community as election clerks, volunteering at the food bank, visiting and supporting families we are assigned to watch over by our church leaders and also visit wonderful neighbor widows and friends who are battling trials from loneliness to cancer. I try to ask Heavenly Father in prayer each day to guide my footsteps, to give me the gift of charity when dealing with people who are not easy to love, and oft times to slow me down so I don’t try to “run faster than I have strength.” Proverbs 3:5 and Philippians 4:13 help keep me on track.