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Hi I'm Joanna Sakievich

I grew up in Maryland and have worked as a free lance muralist for 40 years, coach Japanese on line, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having grown up in Maryland as an active Catholic in a rural community, my life feels rather disconnected at times. I left Maryland at 13 and moved to Arizona, where I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 13 and then completed High School. I served a year and a half mission in Japan 30 yrs. ago, but moved back to Maryland in 1995 as a divorced mom. I've raised my son alone while running my small business as a free-lance muralist. In order to finish my college education closer to my son (who's since graduated and gone to Boston for an MFA in Screen Writing--I'm so proud!), I moved to Utah. I decided I wanted to teach and needed a degree to do so! Instead of majoring in Art, I chose English Literature, because I believe language is the foundation of all great art. I hope to incorporate the arts with languages, including Japanese, to inspire a love of learning! I love art, music, theater, film, my dog, my neighbors and friends and sharing my home with them for dinner get togethers and such. I also enjoy sight seeing, reading, exploring nature, and baking--because what's life without chocolate?

Why I am a Mormon

Quite simply, I believe in this. It is my source of hope, anchor of strength and reason for life. What I found in the gospel at the age of 13 was a more intimate understanding of the God I'd always believed in. Time, trials (and they've been legion!), and serious effort have enriched and confirmed my belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior and the Author of all that is decent, fair, good and beautiful. Truth and beauty are all that really lasts. As an artist, creativity is an essential element of existence and our Father in Heaven, along with His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, is the Master Creator. This is Christ's Church and my understanding has deepened over the decades. Those who profess to belong to this, His Church, are far from perfect. So it was in Christ's mortal ministry and so it is now. I thank God for that fact. I find hope and encouragement daily through the Savior's Atonement. My desire is to live so as to join my deceased mother, father, family members and friends in the Lord's presence, having done all I can to enrich the life of my son, family, friends and everyone I can along the way here on Earth.

How I live my faith

Whether I'm drawing, teaching or spending time with family and friends, my primary source of fulfillment and pleasure comes from the aspect of serving all of those activities entail. We all need each other, young or old. Currently, when I'm not teaching or coaching Japanese, I'm merging my love of music, art and literature, to create children's books with words that are sung. The messages include principles of friendship and service, intrinsically connected to Christ's Plan of Happiness. Youth of all ages are my primary focus in life, and, from holding babies to teaching Japanese, English, or gospel truths, I strive to instill the spirit of hope and growth which is so indicative of the young. Baking, writing notes or cards, and leaving other little things at neighbors' and friends' doors are fun ways to let others know we've thought of them and talking through spiritual concerns and doubts, trials, and struggles by cell phone, email and in person also fills a lot of my time. To live is to face challenges and the purpose of the gospel is to facilitate the edification of one another and help meet each others' physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Since my son has married a lovely, talented young woman, helping and supporting them in any way I can is a huge joy and blessing in my life!

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Joanna Sakievich
We need to teach our sons and our daughters from a very early age Who they are and Why they are here, as well as what they are to one another. With a fuller understanding of the sacred nature of human life and the spiritual connection we all share, as well as our relationship with God our Father, the very idea of pornography becomes repugnant and we will be more inclined to shun it. Further, we need to make sure our sons and daughters understand early that sex is beautiful, yet sacred and private, so they can recognize and avoid its counterfeit. Pornography represents a form of bondage, as despicable as all forms of slavery and/or bigotry which the world recognizes as such and denigrates. All we need to do is remember that every woman is someone's mother, daughter, and/or sister to see immediately why pornography is so destructive. Show more Show less