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Hi I'm Joan D. Fisler

I love being a wife, mother and grandmother! I teach piano, play the organ and enjoy photography. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake City, UT and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Our family moved to Eastern Oregon at the end of my junior year of high school. The first day I attended my new early morning seminary class (a religion class for high school students), I walked past a young man sitting in his car. He later shared with me that when I walked past him he had a deep impression that someday I would be his wife. Five years later, we were were married in the Salt Lake Temple for time and for all eternity--but only after four years of weekly letter writing! Dave served a mission to Mexico and then waited for me to return home from my mission to Southern Italy. We have four wonderful children, three girls and our favorite son. I am honored to be their mother! I count it a blessing to have been a stay-at-home mom. As a mom I made education a priority. Over time I volunteered in various capacities at every school our children attended. I always told our children "Just do your best" and "Get good enough grades to get into BYU!" They all caught the vision! We now have four BYU graduates. They have given us nine beautiful grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I grew-up Mormon. I am still a Mormon because at a young age I learned for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's Church on earth, and I have chosen to stay true to my core beliefs. Mormons have a set of Standard Works or scriptures. As a youth it was my goal to read our Standard Works - the Bible (both Old and New Testaments), the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price by the time I graduated from high school. I chose to start with the Book of Mormon because I felt it would be the easiest to understand. I finished it when I was 15-years old. I knew I should pray about its truthfulness because that is what everyone is asked to do when they read the book. While reading it I was aware of the prophet Moroni’s promise at the end of the book (Moroni 10:3-5). However, I was afraid to ask God if the book was true because I feared I wouldn't recognize the answer to my prayer. I finally decided to shake my fear and try a little faith and pray about its truthfulness. My answer did not come immediately. It came after more study, specifically while reading a portion of Joseph Smith’s history in the Pearl of Great Price. For me, it was a warm feeling, a spiritual confirmation. I had prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true. What I received was a confirmation that Moroni was a real person with a divine stewardship to the Book of Mormon, that he did visit the boy Joseph Smith and what he told him was true. Everything else fell into place. As a youth my first overall impression of the Book of Mormon was, “How can anyone say Mormons do not believe in Christ? Certainly that person has not read the Book of Mormon, for the mission of Jesus Christ is woven throughout its pages!” The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. I invite you to put Moroni’s promise to the test. I know the Lord answers every sincere prayer, for that is His promise (Matthew 7:7-8).

How I live my faith

Since there is no paid clergy in our Church, members are asked to give of their time and talents. One of my first callings in the Church was to play the piano for the children in Jr. Sunday School. I was twelve. When I was fifteen I was entrusted with an organ key and a key to the Church building and asked to play the organ for the youth. It was those early Church music callings that encouraged me to develop my piano and organ skills for life. I have also had opportunities to work in the children, youth and women's organizations of the Church. I currently play the organ every other week for my congregation and assist the deaf in the San Diego Temple. One way I live my faith is by handing out copies of the Book of Mormon to non-members. Trust me, I am not very smooth! Over the years my neighbors, children's school teachers, repairmen, doctors, car mechanic, postman, UPS driver, hairdresser, etc. have all received a copy of the Book of Mormon from me. I wish I was better at truly emphasizing the value of this priceless gift!!! Another way our family has lived our faith is by holding regular Family Home Evenings - a designated evening (usually Monday nights) when our family would meet together. For many years our family followed the following outline: sing a song, pray, announce the special person of the week, read and discuss the scriptures, play a game and eat ice cream. We were successful because we kept it short. One of our daughter's recently said, "There was never a time that I remember not having Family Home Evening!" FHE was a priority. And once a month we would share our testimonies of gospel principles. We all participated in sharing our testimonies and verbalizing our love for each other.