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Hi I'm Joyce D

I'm an author, a medieval history buff, a lover of books, music, Renaissance Fesitvals and cats. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 50-something single and author of several medieval novels. I love to write! I also love reading and learning about history. Attending the Arizona Renaissance Festival is one of the highlights of my year. (I haven't missed a single one yet!) Someday I hope to travel the world, but for now, I travel it in my imagination.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of my mother's faithful example and love of the gospel. As a child, we sang the Primary songs together and she faithfully took me to Primary every week. The seeds of my testimony were planted early in Primary—the children's organization of the Church. Even then, while listening to my teachers, I knew what they were teaching me was true. It was more than a feeling. I knew it deep in my heart. I have never forgotten those feelings from my childhood. I know it was the Holy Ghost bearing witness to me then, as He has borne witness to me of the truth many times since throughout my life. I still feel those same feelings in my heart whenever I read the Bible and Book of Mormon, or listen to our modern-day prophets. I know I am a child of God and that my Heavenly Father loves me. I am so grateful for the love and mercy of the atonement of Jesus Christ, for the tender way He cares for me even when I've made poor choices. I am so grateful for the resurrection which makes it possible for me to be with those I love again. I am grateful for the commandments which keep me safe. I am grateful for the restoration of the gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith, for without the Prophet Joseph and the Restoration, I would not have all this knowledge to help me make good decisions and bring me comfort in an often confusing world.

How I live my faith

I try to read my scriptures every day, because I feel warm and safe when I read them. I try to serve wherever my church leaders ask me to. I have worked with the children, the youth, and the adults. Right now I play the piano for the children's meeting. There is no place better to be on Sundays! The songs the children sing so touch my heart, and often the words stay with me through the week and bring me guidance and comfort. Another sister and I go out together and visit four sisters each month to see how they’re doing and if they need any help. We share a spiritual message with them and we all try to lift each others’ spirits. Many of us keep in touch over Facebook, even if it’s just to give each other a “thumbs up” there. It may seem like a very little thing, but it’s a way of telling them that someone is thinking of them, is interested in their lives, and is rooting for them to succeed. We try to love and support each other all week long, not just on Sundays.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Joyce D
I have found many answers to questions I have in the scriptures. Not just while I am reading them. There have been times, more than once, when I have been listening to the news and have felt myself being caught up in "the philosophies of men". "What if what they're saying is true?" I'll find myself wondering. Then a scripture will suddenly come into my mind--sometimes a verse, sometimes just a few words--and as if in a flash, I will see the flaw in the argument I'm listening to and know the difference between God's truth and what men might perceive to be true with the limited knowledge we have compared to God. But these answers could never come to me if I hadn't taken time to read the scriptures to allow the Lord to put his word into my mind so that He can call it back when I need it. But one time isn't enough. You can't remember everything in the scriptures with just one reading. And so you need to read them every day, because scriptures are one important way that God will talk to you. Show more Show less