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Hi I'm Joanne Jensen Wayman

I have always been a Mormon. I have lived in 7 states all across the country. I'm a wife, mother of 5 and grandma of 6.

About Me

I moved a lot when I was growing up. I lived in several cities in Utah; Bakersfield, CA; Troy & Tuscaloosa, AL; and El Paso TX. In high school I played on the girls' volleyball, basketball & softball teams. I participated in speech & drama, acting in plays and doing poetry readings. I was involved in Future Business Leaders of America and placed 2nd in district competition in vocabulary. I was in the National Honor Society, graduated in the top 2% of my class and received an award for Best Business Student. I attended Brigham Young University for 2 years on a scholarship. I met and married my roommate's cousin who was in the Navy. We lived in Pocatello, ID and Groton, CT while he was in training and Norfolk, VA for 4 years when he was at sea. We had 2 sons when he left the Navy and returned to Utah. We stayed in his family's home for 7 months before moving to our current home. We have been here for over 42 years. We have 5 children. I was a "stay at home" mom for many years but eventually had to find outside work. I worked 4 years as a substitute teacher and 4 years as a part time secretary at the local middle school. Then I went to work full time at the State Health Department. I had several positions there during 20+ years. We have 6 grandchildren we love to spoil. I love to read. I also love to travel. I've visited 46 states & 18 foreign countries. I enjoy learning about history and different lifestyles and cultures. I love to see the beauties of nature.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active LDS family. My mother shared her testimony often and I believed her. I saw the good examples of my parents and other family members. I had opportunities to learn the teachings of the gospel and feel inspiration through the Holy Ghost. I learned to serve when I was young and to be involved in activities that were fun and helped me develop talents such as public speaking and singing in groups and in choirs. I began to challenge principles of the gospel and tried to convince myself that I didn't need to live all of the commandments. But it didn't work. I didn't find happiness living what I thought would be a carefree life. I couldn't deny that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost weren't real or that they didn't know me and love me. I couldn't deny that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world who atoned for my sins and the sins of all mankind, that He died for us and was resurrected. His resurrection broke the bonds of death and all who live will someday be resurrected. By the time I repented and began living according to gospel principles again, I was married. I knew I wanted to be with my husband for all eternity not just "until death do us part." I knew this could only happen in the temple, the House of the Lord, which is the only place where the sealing power can bind husbands and wives together with their children. I know that families are joined together in heaven, not just our immediate family but also ancestors who lived before us and our posterity that will come after us. Because I am a Mormon, I have met people I otherwise wouldn't have known. In serving with others, I have found friends who will be my friends, indeed, my sisters throughout eternity. I have found people who are great examples of living righteously, of loving and serving others, who have great courage in facing life's challenges and who have great faith in the Lord.

How I live my faith

I have always loved going to church. I took part in all the activities the Church offered when I was a child and a teenager. When I was 12 and in the Young Women's program, I was in a class of 13 girls. I was able to participate in many activities. When I was 13, we moved to Troy, Alabama and my life in the Church changed drastically. There were no Mormons in Troy. The closest branch was 40 miles away. I learned from my parents the importance of attending our meetings and the strength and love gained from joining with the Saints. We went to church every Sunday in the morning and then again in the evening for Sacrament meetings. There were 30-50 members who came regularly. There were 5 young men and young women. I was soon called as the branch chorister and the Young Women's secretary. The highlight of my year was attending Youth Conference in Atlanta GA which was both very fun and very spiritual. We only stayed 1 year in Troy but my testimony grew tremendously. Next we lived in El Paso TX, which had a stake. Our ward was small but it had great leaders and loving members. I was able to attend early morning Seminary at 6:30 am. When I was 16 I was called to be the Sunday School secretary. I have always accepted any church calling when asked to serve. When my husband and I moved to Virginia, I was called to be a Primary Teacher, including the 4-5 year olds and the girls 10-11 years old. It was here that I first became a visiting teacher and after 45 years I'm still a visiting teacher which I love. I have held many positions including teaching children from 18 months-11 years of age, teenagers, young adults and women. I have coached girls' & women's sports. I've been a Cub scout & Blazer scout leader and served on scout committees. I've been a secretary, counselor and president of several ward organizations. I encouraged my children to attend meetings and be involved in activities. I was a PTA room mother many times and a Girl Scout leader.