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Hi I'm Sally Jo Payne

I grew up in Carthage, Illinois from the time I was nine. We have eight children and I taught school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to travel! My father was in the military until I was nine and my husband was career military. I have lived in sixteen states and some of them twice and two foreign countries. We have eight wonderful children, 28 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. I love to read, crochet, make baby blankets, and play games with family. I also LOVE working on my family history.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was nine years old, my family moved to Carthage, Illinois. My father was born and raised in Hancock County. I grew up knowing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but I knew very little about the church. I knew that I had ancestors that came from England in 1843 to Nauvoo. However, they did not go West with the rest of the Saints. In 1974, my military husband was sent to Korea for a year. The children and I stayed in Virginia. However, at the end of the year, my husband was given a battalion to command, so the children and I were able to join him in Korea in May of 1975. We had not been there very long when we met the missionaries. They invited us to attend a Family Home Evening at the Tender Apple Home run by an LDS sister. We agreed to attend. The evening was wonderful even though the lesson, songs, prayers were all in Korean. When we left that evening, we both felt that there was something in that home that was missing in ours. We began to take the discussions. We were baptized on Christmas Day of 1975. It has changed our lives. I feel like I am home. I love the gospel teachings. I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves me. I am grateful for my Savior who was willing to give his life for me. I hope that i can live my life in such a way that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father one day. I know this is where I am to be.

How I live my faith

At present I teach the adult Sunday school and also work in the Family History Center in our town. However, for many years, I taught the primary children. I have served four missions where I was able to work in mission offices and Family History. I hope that by serving missions, and serving others my grandchildren will learn the importance of helping others. I am grateful for the opportunity to visit others in our church and offer help when and where it is needed.