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Hi I'm Joan

I raised a family of five children. I became a NICU nurse at age forty five. I'm going to be a missionary soon! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest joy in life is my family. I am blessed with a wonderful husband to whom I have been married for forty years! We have five amazing children, three girls and two boys. It was hard getting through the busy years of toddlers, grade school and teenagers but I blinked and it was over! They all sprouted wings and the house went still. I’m still getting used to that! At eighteen I was ready to sprout my own wings. I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Biggest adventure of my life yet was the semester abroad I spent in Salzburg, Austria. I traveled all over Europe by bus and train, learned how to ski in the Alps, occasionally staying in nicer hotels and eating in nicer restaurants, but mostly staying in youth hostels and eating bakery bread, yogurt and cheese. What a life experience! My next big adventure was my LDS mission to the land down under. I learned to love Australia and met so many good people there. Kangaroos, koalas, vegemite and meat pies! Fair dinkum, mate! My husband was one of the good people I met in Aussie land! We hooked up after our missions, and now, forty years later, we are retired empty nesters. After four years of retirement we are ready to head out on a new adventure, a new mission to the Family and Church History Headquarters Mission in Salt Lake City, Utah. Most defining events in my life: the diagnosis of two cases of cancer in our family. Leukemia for our youngest child and pancreatic cancer for my husband. Both miracles!

Why I am a Mormon

My mother’s side of the family was from early Mormon pioneer stalk, leaving England by ship to join with the saints in Utah. My father was a convert to the Church after meeting mother. I was raised in the Church by faithful, active parents. I think I have always been a Believer. I really can't think of a time in my life when I doubted the existence of Heavenly Father or our Savior Jesus Christ. The "fruits" of living the Gospel are a key reason I continue to follow my faith. Those two defining events in our family’s life, the diagnosis of two cases of cancer, have been a testimony to me of God's love and protection. First it was leukemia for our four month old youngest child. Then eleven years later it was pancreatic cancer for my husband, who is now a sixteen year survivor. We love miracles and MD Anderson in Houston! Our baby was also a miracle, surviving and breezing through two different bone marrow transplants. She was blessed to live a normal childhood until she turned twelve. Then the effects of earlier treatment caused significant pulmonary, endocrine, and neurological damage as she grew into her teens. Although burdened with oxygen and a cocktail of prescriptions, each entry in her diary started, “I had a good day today!” Sadly she sprouted a different kind of wings and left us abruptly at nineteen. We could have lost her nineteen years earlier that first night in the San Diego Children’s Hospital, which we also came to love, but we were blessed to have her in our home for all those years. She truly was a miracle and I miss her every day still. Losing our youngest child was a dark period in my life. It was then that I really appreciated what I had in being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I knew through my grief that I could be with her again thanks to my Savior Jesus Christ who's love and sacrifice for us all allows us to be resurrected as He was.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings in the Church, most recently serving the adult women. We are a service organization. Each Sunday lessons are taught to help the sisters increase their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Compassionate service is rendered when a need arises, such as the birth of a new child, illness or a death in the family. I never feel happier, or more tired, than when I have been of real service to someone in need. You can’t buy that kind of satisfaction!