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Hi I'm Joan

I have 26 grandchildren so there is never a dull moment in my life. I like to crochet, garden, read, serve others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I retired from the Treasury Department and I enjoy going on field trips and caring for grandchildren. In addition to being with family, I enjoy hiking, biking, rollerblading, traveling and doing genealogy research. I got to live in Florida on a cattle ranch for about three years and loved the experience. I was able to help care for my aging mother and in-laws which was a choice opportunity.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be raised in a Mormon family. I am the 7th of 10 children. We did live in very humble circumstances which I now realize was a great blessing. I have faltered many times in my life and let peer pressure and others divert me from following true principles of the Gospel. I was a widow in my 30s and finally began to realize that the strength and comfort I needed came from the teachings of my youth. I began to cling to Gospel principles and tried to help my children realize the importance of living as the Savior would want us to. I do know that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me and watches over me and has entrusted me to be a mother and grandmother. I know that my Elder brother and Savior came to this earth to teach and set the example for every one of us and that He atoned for our sins and imperfections.

How I live my faith

I have always enjoyed helping in the community with things like relay for life (cancer prevention); paint the town; VITA (volunteer income tax preparation); exercise classes; etc. I have assisted with special needs youth activities; young women to help strengthen them Spiritually and physically; women and families in the neighborhood to be their friend and someone they can call on in times of need; cub scout leader; teacher of young women and women to help strengthen them Spiritually; teacher of young children to help them learn about our Savior.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

In the Bible we are taught that only the High Priest could go into the temple and only 1 day each year. We now are all invited to go in and we don't have to be a High Priest. Because the temple is so sacred (not secret) and is the house of the Lord, we need to be worthy to enter, which means only baptized members who are prepared and qualified can enter the temple, after it is dedicated to the Lord. In the temple we learn eternal truths, receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity and we provide ordinances, such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less