Hi I'm Michele Joyce
I'm a Mormon and a lifelong learner!
I am a 'retired military' wife of twenty-five years and have three young adult children. We live in the Pacific Northwest where I am starting my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. My career goal is to help the military strengthen home and family. I enjoy reading, exercising, writing, playing the piano and violin, current events, speech and debate, singing, art, and teaching. I have a keen interest in the humanities and traveling. I used to teach Special Education and Early Childhood Education in DDESS and local public schools. I am the Puget Sound South Company President of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers! I love to serve other people and have a special affinity for the elderly and are very comfortable around them. Recently I was my mother's primary caregiver and learned quite a lot! Now I am studying for the national board exam for my chosen profession.
Why I am a Mormon
I have chosen to be a member of the Church because my enthusiastic and articulate parents taught me where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going. The Church always made sense to me and I have never looked for answers any place else, only from my Heavenly Father, through the Holy Spirit. I have knowledge of other religions, lifestyles, and philosophies but have never found anything more complete and powerful. There is always more to learn and I know I can receive direct revelation from God for any principle, doctrine, commandment, and/or application. God has given me the freedom to choose and I take that stewardship seriously. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior, Messiah, and Redeemer. He was born of a virgin mother, was the Son of the Eternal Father, and is The Great Mediator. He balances justice with mercy through His great atoning sacrifice. Through Him we can be redeemed from death and hell and be forgiven of all our sins. He can and will heal every sickness, pain, and impairment if we exercise faith in Him. He is alive today and has a glorious resurrected body. My greatest desire is to follow the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth. It is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in its purity, simplicity, and organization. The Prophet Joseph Smith restored Jesus Christ's true church back to the earth after the Great Apostasy. He lived in the perfect time period where The Second Great Awakening was transforming the Eastern United States and there was more religious liberty and diversity. I believe in continuing revelation and in a living prophet. Pres. Thomas S. Monson is just this man. He leads the Church today under the direction and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Prophet, Seer, and Revelator. He brings us "today's news today" and receives revelation for the Church as a whole. Mormon means 'more good!'
How I live my faith
I believe that when I serve my fellow beings I am serving God. I live my faith by being true to what I already know and being open to more truth as it comes along. It is important for me to have meaning and purpose in life so I try to wear my life out in the service of others. Why else do we each have a body? There are things The Savior wants us to do and we need to be there for "the least of these." I try and discipline myself so no one else has to. I want to be His servant for the world's sake and also one of the friends that The Father has given Him.