After an incredible response to a call for the next Mormon Bachelorette we are excited to announce that there are more amazing LDS women out there than ever who are ready and looking for Mr. Right! Enjoy a few of our best and get ready to be wowed.
Meet Joleen from Lubbock, Texas
Most memorable childhood memory - Do I have to pick just one? Riding on my dad's motorcycle with him, he would set me on the front, tell me to hang on, and then remind me not to tell my mom "that we did this". - I always felt very rebellious. Or when my sister and I spent an entire summer one year, sleeping outside every night - I must have been about 12, we would lay there at night and talk about whatever 12 and 8 year olds talk about and now that I look back it was magical.
Best physical feature - My eyes...or my smile, can it be a tie?
Best quality - I used to think it was a weakness but I would say that my favorite quality is that I love easily. I don't need grand gestures, speeches or elaborate gifts. I love people the minute they do something nice for me or someone else I love, its almost involuntary - like I can't stop it. It just wells up inside and all the sudden I have to give them a hug, or I might explode.
Why are you ready to find Mr. Right? - For a lot of years I have been putting other people's needs before my own in a sort of self-defeating way. The past few years have taught me so much about my own strength and vulnerabilities. Now I see that, that which makes me vulnerable, also makes me beautiful. I have decided that I am ready to trust someone else completely. I understand that it won't be easy. He will need to be patient, but I am ready for the challenge.
What would your last boyfriend say about you? - He would say that I am compassionate, he would say that I spoiled him, he would say that I am a great kisser. He would say that I don't see myself clearly. He would say that I am terrible at being assertive when it comes to my own needs (I have worked a lot on that since then, he was right).
Most embarrassing moment? - Okay so one night my best friend and I turned on a movie (Hotel Rwanda) and when it was over, we were so overcome with sadness (its about the racial genocide in Rwanda) that we thought the best way to cure it would be to go to an improv comedy show - to lift our spirits. Our good friend, "Tilt" was a member of the comedy troop. We sat on the front row and were so excited to be entertained. As with most improv shows - audience participation is encouraged. In my over-zealous effort to lift my mood I was DETERMINED to participate. At one point they asked the audience for "a world crisis" - in my haste I yelled out - "GENOCIDE" - Tilt turned to me and yelled "Jo, Genocide is NOT funny." Everyone burst into laughter and I wanted to crawl under my chair. He was right - genocide is never funny.
Greatest accomplishment so far - Obviously I am pleased with my education and my professional accomplishments but for me its the small, daily things that seem to be the biggest accomplishments in my life. You know - all the stuff we know we should be doing but they sometimes just get lost in the busy-ness? So, the daily, personal goals I have set for myself over the years mean the most to me. Daily scriptures, prayer, running etc. I am excited when I fill my day the right way -- its the greatest accomplishment.
What is one of your quirks? - When I place my items on the belt at the grocery store, I have this deep need to put them in a certain order. Produce first, then frozen items, then other cold items, then cans, then boxes, then non-food items in order of size. I don't have a logical reason for doing it, but I can't just throw things up there willy-nilly, I have tried, it makes me cringe.
Worst Date - I can't think of anything specific, but a date is totally ruined for me if the man doesn't have a plan. I am completely turned off when we get in the car and he says, "So what should we do?" - really?
Best Date - My favorite dates always include trying something new. Whether it be trying a new restaurant or a new activity, I am all about experiencing something for the first time with someone new. Or doing things that remind me of being a kid, like flying kites. (Oh... I have never been but I am fairly certain that my favorite date might include one of the following: an air show (I LOVE JETS) or some sort of class (cooking, pottery, dance, whatever, I just think learning is fun).
Did you serve a mission? - Yes, I served in the Zurich Switzerland Mission. What would the elders say about you? - Humm... good one. They would probably say that I was funny. They might mention that when things got really stressful I would get a smidgen bossy. At the end of the day I think they would say that they knew I loved it, they knew I persevered through the hard times without complaining.
What did you study in school and why? - I was originally an English Literature major, and then one day I woke up and decided that it wasn't structured enough for me, so I decided to check business out. I took my first accounting class, and you could sort of say it was love at first... balance? I love accounting! It all makes sense and everything always lines up in nice little columns and rows. When the world doesn't make sense, at least accounting does. Where did you go to college? - I got my Associates at CEU (College of Eastern Utah) and my Bachelors and Masters Degree at SUU (Southern Utah University), then I worked in public accounting in Salt Lake for a couple of years, and now I am pursuing at PhD in Accounting from TTU (Texas Tech University). It sounds boring, but I promise it can be fun!
What is one thing that not a lot of people know about you that you want to share here with the world? - I have a secret desire to have my backyard featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine one day, I want people to ooh and ah at my garden. (Presently I have no gardening skills whatsoever, but I am working on it) Oh and I still struggle to spell the word "inconvenient". You would think I would have it down by now but nope, it gets me every time!