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Hi I'm Joice

I'm passionate about motherhood and families. I love to laugh and love life. I'm a people watcher, nature lover and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When someone asks me to describe myself, I immediately state that I'm a mom of 4 wonderful children. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a mother. In fact, as the oldest of 5 children, I got to practice my mothering skills on my younger siblings to my hearts content as I grew up. Now I have a family of my own and motherhood has been such a blessing. As my children continue to grow, I treasure what time I have left with them. I have 2 teenage daughters, 1 handsome pre-teen son and my baby girl who's not much of a baby any more at 8 years old. Luckily, I have been able to be a stay-at-home mommy since my kids were babies until just recently. Now I work part-time at my local library as a Library Assistant while my children attend school. Of course, I wouldn't have these beautiful children if I hadn't met my sweet husband, Marc. It's such a privilege to be married to my best friend who makes me laugh every day. We have been married for 18 years now. I absolutely love life and love turning old things into something new. My favorite place to spend extracurricular time is outside in nature. I love to help others and to be a positive influence in the life of those around me. I love serving in my community and getting to know all of our Heavenly Father's son's and daughters.

Why I am a Mormon

There are so many reasons why I am a member of this church. First of all, I was born into this church. At an early age, I was taught of a Heavenly Father who truly loves and cares for me and that I am His daughter. I was kind of a fearful child. You name it, I was probably afraid of it… the dark, an approaching thunderstorm. But because I had been taught that I had a loving Father in Heaven, I wasn't afraid to speak to Him through prayer. As I prayed to Him, I was comforted in knowing that my Heavenly Father was there for me, that I was not alone and all of the sudden my fears would disappear. As I grew into a teenager, in the deep south, I had the opportunity to visit many other faiths. I loved all the churches I visited. There were many kind and good people within those churches, but the feeling I felt within the walls of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was not present. I came to understand that feeling as the Holy Ghost; the Spirit. As an adult, the Holy Ghost has been a wonderful guidance to me in my life. Whenever I have wanted answers on how to help my children through something they may be struggling with in life, or if there are answers that I am looking for in life, the Spirit has been there to help me through it all. This gospel has answers to every life difficulty, struggle and even happiness. And above all, it brings with it peace in a time where the very word seems to not exist. Peace in knowing that we have a loving Father in Heaven who knows our very names. He knows where we've walked in life and where we are headed. AND He cares where we've been and where we are going. He wants us to be happy and succeed. All of these are reasons why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith on a daily basis. That probably sounds too simple, but that's how I do it. :) Each day I do little things that help create peace and happiness in my life and hopefully in the lives of those around me. You will often find me talking to a stranger in the grocery store who looks a little down. I try to smile a lot and look others in the eye, often. If I get a thought that I need to call someone, I try to follow that impression and more often than not, that person needed a friend to talk to. I try to always smile and wave at my neighbors. I serve and help in the church often-- whether they need help with the children, adults or youth, I love to serve. I try to be there for my children when they've had a rough day at school. I listen to their concerns and offer lots of hugs and reassurance that they are good kids. I pray each day that I may be sensitive to the needs of those around me and that my Father in Heaven will be able to use me to help those around me. Most of all I try to have gratitude in my heart, each day, for the things that I have been given. Now, if you'll notice, I said a lot of "try to's". That's because I'm not perfect… BUT I do the very best that I can each day to make my Heavenly Father proud of me.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

In a world where the family is being bombarded with negativity and where even the definition of family is being challenged, I am glad to belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where I gather strength daily on my role as a mother and how I can make my family stronger. Families are essential in our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. We're meant to come to earth and gain bodies so that we can experience all that our Father in Heaven has created for us here on the earth. It's wonderful to me that a kind and wise Father in Heaven sends us to this Earth life not alone but to be part of a family. I was born into a home environment that wasn't the best, but as I attended church and watched other families there, I learned the value of being a positive role model for my family... and that maybe I was born into this family for that very purpose. Now that I'm grown and have a family of my own, I try to impress upon my children the importance of learning to get along with each other and being there for one another. Our home is our safe place to come to when the storms gather outside. We're not a perfect family, but we try each day to be just a little bit better to one another as we learn and grow together. Each member of our family offers something important and vital that meets our families needs. I'm grateful for this gospel that offers hope for those who want to have an eternal family and for the support and guidance it gives. Show more Show less