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Hi I'm Joni

I'm a nurse. I'm an anatomy teacher. I'm an endurance athlete. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am a nursing student and will graduate in spring of 2014. I love being a nurse and can't wait to do it full time. I feel so blessed to work in a field that allows me to serve and love people and get paid for it! I love science and have been blessed with the opportunity to teach anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and kinesiology at a massage school. I am an endurance athlete. I have competed in centuries (100 mile bike rides), half marathons, and will complete my first marathon in spring of 2014. I love music and play the piano for hours each week. Time moves so quickly when I am sitting with the piano! I love being with my friends and talking and laughing about our lives, challenges, and blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I know that this is Jesus Christ's true, restored church upon the earth again. I want to be with Him. I want to be like Him. I want to be a part of His church. I know that Jesus Christ lived on the earth. He walked among the people, healing the sick, raising the dead, comforting the sad and the weary, blessing them, loving the little children, forgiving them, and teaching them how to live. I know that when His life's work was through He went to the Garden of Gethsemane and suffered for the sins of all mankind. For you and for me. He payed the price for every angry word, every bad thought, every action, everything. But He also suffered for our sadness, for our grief, loneliness, fears, worries, heartache. C. Scott Grow quoted the book of Alma saying, "Not only did He pay the price for the sins of all men, but He also took “upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.” And He took “upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, … that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.” He knew what He was doing. He was suffering in the Garden for you and for me. After He was crucified, He lived again. Three days later, He rose from the dead, breaking the bonds of death. He made it possible for us to repent of our sins and to live again. How do you forget the one who saved you? You can't. I can't forget Him. He is my older brother. He is my one eternal friend. He succors me. To "succor" means "to run to." He runs to me. In times of trouble and hurt and sorrow He runs to me. I love my Savior. I will never leave Him. I look forward to the day when I can kneel at His feet and express my personal gratitude for Him and for His sacrifice for me. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church organized by the Savior of the World. I am a mormon because I want to be with Him again.

How I live my faith

I have been so blessed in my life to have opportunities to serve and lead in my community and in my church. Currently I am serving as the leader of the women's organization in my ward. It has been such a blessing to learn more and more each day how much Heavenly Father loves all of His daughters. The longer I serve with these sisters, the more and more I love them. I have seen just a glimpse of what Heavenly Father sees in them and how much He truly loves them and all of His children. I also have the chance to visit a few sisters in my church each month. In the church, we have the special calling and responsibility to look after each other and encourage and uplift one another. By visiting with these sisters and making sure their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs are met I come closer to becoming like my Savior. I grow in love for the sisters I visit, the Savior, and Heavenly Father. I have also had the tremendous opportunity through school to work with the older adult population. I have been blessed to spend many hours sitting and talking with these incredible people. The more time I sit and learn from these magnificent spirits, the more I know that truly we stand on the shoulders of giants.

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is a women's organization the church has established. It is a chance for women to get together and learn about the Savior's life, His teachings, and His Atonement and apply those principles into our lives. It strengthens families by strengthening the women and mothers in the homes. It serves those in need and gives others opportunities to serve their sisters. Show more Show less