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Hi I'm Joy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother. I have been married for seven years. I have two children (ages 3 and 5) with one more due in November. Our children are homeschooled. My husband and I were both city-bred, but our dream is to have our own small farm someday. Right now we live in a small town in Alaska. We have already started our own urban mini-farm with 24 chickens and 3 milk goats.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, and I always felt peaceful and right living the beliefs that were taught to me by my parents. When I was 21 and preparing to serve a mission, I felt that I needed a stronger reason for myself to remain a member of this church. I earnestly plead with God to assure me that everything I had been taught was indeed true. I received my answer in no uncertain terms that this church is indeed the truth of God restored upon the earth, that He loves me, and that He does communicate with prophets and direct His church today. This moment of enlightenment will never be forgotten by me, and it grows stronger each day as I continue to read, study, and ponder more about the gospel.

How I live my faith

I attend every church function I can, especially our three-hour block on Sundays. I have always paid tithing and wouldn't dare try to make it without those blessings from heaven. I serve in my ward as a second counselor to the young women organization; I am over the 12 and 13-year-old girls. We meet together on Sundays for church, and Wednesday evenings for activities. We have a lot of fun together. I served a 1.5-year mission for the church in Costa Rica in 1995-96. Every morning I start my day with some quiet time to pray and read scriptures. I would not be able to function without inviting the spirit into my life each day in this manner.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Our eighth article of faith states: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly." The Bible is a collection of many books that have been compiled over the years, written by inspired prophets of God. Over the years, some precious truths have been lost from the Bible, either from mistranslation or deliberate changes from those in authority. The missing information has caused much confusion and disagreements in the Christian World today. Even so, the Bible is still an important book of scripture and contains most of the essential elements of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I regard it as a miracle, an act of God, that the book has been handed down over so many centuries and is available for anyone to read today. I am deeply grateful for the people throughout history that gave their lives to help make the Bible available for common everyday people to read it in their own language. Show more Show less