Hi I'm Michele Joyce
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!'
Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?
I may not see the end result of my daily example, inside and outside the home, until much later. I work on being charitable and inclusive so that none of Heavely Father's children feel unloved and/or unwanted. Through secular and spiritual training I have learned to appreciate not only cultural and linguistic diversity but eccentiricities, differing viewpoints, personalities, and personal preferences. Each person is a special and unique tapestry milieau. I try to bring out the best in people and reinforce behavior that promotes civil discourse and a peaceful and just society. Faith is a principle of power where you can draw down the powers of heaven in your behalf so that your efforts will be exponentiated through the instrumentality of The Holy Spirit. Being one with the Godhead is the ultimate in collaboration, joy, and guides intercession for the children of God. I know the character and nature of God and that the Godhead is one in purpose but three separate and distinct individuals; glorified beings. This knowledge gives me comfort, purpose, clarity, and a thrilll because I am blessing others for them.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The Savior's teachings have influenced every aspect of my life. I know and love The Savior because I have studied His life and tried to pattern my life after His. To judge righteous judgment has been a big one for me because it is easy to be critical, prideful, and/or jealous of other's accomplishments. The Gift of Discernment helps one to see things as they really are and blows past preconceived notions, bias', and paradigms. The Miracle of Forgiveness has dramatically changed my life because now I can look myself in the mirror without being ashamed or running away from myself. I only wanted to find happiness and be the best person I can be. Only God knows what I am capable of in an eternal sense so He makes out of my life much, much more!
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost has saved my life on a daily basis and essential for the Plan of Salvation and The Atonement to be efficacious in my life. The Holy Ghost reminds me of things, warns, brings out my natural qualities and talents, helps me to remain charitable (showing and feeling the pure love of Christ), and gives me discernment and insight so I can see myself and others as we really are and also as God sees us. I have lived my life with his constant companionship although there were times I didn't listen and was prideful. Those are teaching moments that while forgiven the lesson learned and memories are never forgotten. You just don't live in the suffering and regret. The times I have listened have been moments of glory and empowerment where I get a glimpse of the Divine fire that is within me and I have seen it in others.
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.