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Hi I'm Jo Dee (Davis) Lang

As a child, I knew I was Christian, but never thought about him. Christ became real when I was 13 and I became a Mormon.

About Me

My parents taught me to get an education, be strong and independent. I graduated with a teaching degree and an emphasis in accounting. I knew I would do well in the business world and knew how to work hard. As I finished my education, something was missing and I met the man that I married. He was also a Mormon, but unlike me had grown up his whole life involved in church. We started our life together and I remember being pregnant with my first child. I was scared and didn't know if I would enjoy being a mother - it seemed boring and I didn't think it would fulfill me. I was SO wrong. Having a child put life into perspective, it gave everything meaning and nothing seemed more important. It was such a confidence boost to realize that I created this - a child! At the same time it humbled me to know that there was something bigger than me. I realized that this was a gift, a partnership with the Lord. I never returned to work after that first day although I have worked a lot - organizing a parent coop preschool for 12 years, worked in all my kids' classrooms, countless teams and parties. I have found new talents with planning and decorating my husband's many offices and reaching out to neighbors in need. I realize that not everyone feels the joy I feel, raising children and building a home, but for me there is nothing better.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Have you ever met someone who believed in you more than you believed in yourself? Someone who saw only the good in you and made you want to be that person? That's what being a Mormon is to me. I am not perfect, but I try to learn and be better. I am a Mormon because at the end of the day, we have no one to blame for who we are, we will need to answer for the things we've done and the choices we've made. It doesn't matter how others may see me - it only matters what I know to be true and I know the Lord judges my heart. I will someday have to answer to Him. I believe in a loving God who gives us what we need, not necessarily what we want. As we lose ourselves in finding him, we will find ourselves. When we get lost we feel like we are in the dark. We see a light in the distance so we follow it. As we keep pressing forward, overcoming obstacles, the light gets bigger and brighter. Being a Mormon has given me that light and the path to follow. I see this life as a time to prove myself. Will I use my time worthily? Will I love others? Will I take everything that has been given me and help those in need? Will I know my Savior at the end of my life, not because I learned of him, but because I learned to BE like him. Being a Mormon helps me be like the Savior. It gives me challenges to overcome and opportunities to serve. It gives me truth and knowledge that is anchored in the heart, not in science. Faith is believing in things that are not seen, but are true. It is exciting when you feel that faith in yourself. You learn to trust it and strengthen it. It gives you strength beyond your own and you see the love of God working in your life. I remember as a teenager listening to missionaries and not understanding what I was feeling, but feeling "good". It was the Holy Ghost testifying to me of God's love ... for me. As I was baptized and received this gift, I have seen how valuable it has been in my life, to guide me and comfort me. I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I love children because they give me hope. "Grown ups" frustrate me because they seem so "stuck" in what they think is right. I have been involved in all ages. I remember serving and teaching in the nursery at church (children from 18 months to 3 yrs old - I've done it 3 times). It was so enlightening to realize that my job was to teach children that barely talked that Jesus Christ loved them and I would have to do that with using very few words. It taught me to teach like Christ did - through love and example. Now I am teaching the teenagers and it is my favorite. It's a tough world out there and it's hard for kids in high school. I want to support them and remind them how wonderful they are and that although trials come the Savior can heal all. By overcoming and enduring our trials/struggles we learn to rely on the Lord, to see things from a wider perspective. I have been hurt and lonely. I have felt like no one understood. At one time I didn't know if my marriage was going to survive. I have had a child diagnosed with diabetes at age 4, who only cried when his mother gave him a shot. I have had family members misjudge me and treat me rudely. I have watched as my children have inflicted pain upon themselves and also innocently been afflicted by others. Life hasn't always been easy and there have been times when I felt that the Lord was the only one that understood. I am grateful for those times. It has taught me the reality that he is my greatest friend and that he is always there. It is only through Him that I can be who I should be. He can comfort me, he can soften the bitter heart, he can heal the wound. I am grateful for the knowledge that I have of the atonement. That I can continue to grow and become better and more like him. I can see the Lord more clearly and more often in my life. I think oftentimes coincidences are miracles and butterflies are signs from heaven. He is always there but we need to learn to listen and to hear and to follow. He loves us!