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Hi I'm Joyce

I am a teacher and a life-long learner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. After our children were raised I went back to college and received my bachelors and masters degrees in education. I am an accomplished pianist. I love to read and to learn. A few years ago I spent the summer in Mexico learning to speak Spanish. I am currently a full-time teacher--I teach religious education to high school students. I love teenagers and love to help them make good choices that will lead to their happiness and success. In my spare time I am researching and writing a book. My family and I have been richly blessed and we love to share of our time and our abundance with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth in its purity. I know that Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to the boy Joseph Smith and called him to be a prophet. The evidence of his inspired call can be found through the whisperings of the Spirit as one reads The Book of Mormon. I have taken the challenge found in the closing verses of this great book--that if we ask God to tell us personally that it is true, its truthfulness will be manifested to us in a powerful, individual way. I have received that sure witness of the Spirit--it is burned into my heart and soul. It is true! As in ancient times, God's prophets walk the earth today and continue to bring us the word of the Lord. Through obedience to the restored truths, covenants, and ordinances of the gospel, we can return with our families to live in the presence of God. This is all made possible by the grace of God. I know that "it is by grace we are saved after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). Our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ live! They love us. Evidence of their great concern and care are shown forth in the beautiful creations, in the restoration of the Gospel to the earth, in the loving care of Christ-like people around us. Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, have provided a way for us to return to live with them again after this life. While it requires faith to start our journey on this path, the miracles and blessings that attend our footsteps entice us gently towards our eternal destiny. We find that while the journey may be difficult at times, it is filled with joy and rejoicing. Our faith gives us the strength to move every mountain that stands between us and our Heavenly Home. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31). I thank my Heavenly Father in prayer each day for the privilege of having the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ in my family's life. I want to share this great news with the world!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving as Christ would serve. Each day I teach these wonderful truths of the gospel to teenagers. I also work with the little children in our community--providing gospel instruction to them. Together with their families, we help them understand, read, and apply the word of God in their lives. My husband and I also visit and watch over four families in our neighborhood--two of whom are single mothers. We visit them each month, assess their needs, and do all we can to help them. Each day I prepare myself to receive guidance by the Holy Spirit. I exercise and take care of my body. I read scriptures each morning. I love to pray and express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father for His Son Jesus Christ. I know that He hears and answers those prayers. In addition to my personal prayers, our family prays together night and morning. We have seen many, many miracles in our lives and in the lives of our family--for which we are most grateful. Each day I strive to be better, more Christ-like, more filled with the Spirit. I carefully plan my days to use my time wisely and productively. I strive to listen for and quickly obey promptings from the Holy Spirit regarding who might need help from me. One of the wonderful blessings we enjoy as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the privilege, if we are worthy, to go to the House of the Lord. In His holy temples, which dot the earth, we enter into the very presence of God. We worship, learn, make covenants, and extend the opportunity for these eternal blessings to those who have died without a knowledge of these things. My husband and I are blessed with the opportunity to serve as officiators in His holy temple-we assist patrons as they come to worship. Another way we live our faith is by loving and serving our family. Our children are grown, but we arrange very often to be together with children and grandchildren. Our family loves spending time with each other.