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Hi I'm JOYCE

I grew up in Independence, MO, where my ancestors may have persecuted the Mormons. Today, I AM a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for 41 years. Mother of 3. Grandmother of 9. Published author and businesswoman. I love to read, write, walk, exercise, and spend time with my family. For me, "love," is spelled T-I-M-E.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I love the Savior and want to follow him. I grew up as the daughter of a Christian minister but my father could never answer my questions about life. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? In about an hour, the missionaries answered those questions for me. I like knowing that life is eternal and that I came to earth to be tested and given the opportunity to live with my Heavenly Father (and my family) again.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday and work with women of the age of 18 and older. I try to be Christlike in all my thoughts and actions toward others. I visit sisters who move into our area to welcome them. I work with others to bring compassionate service to those who are in need.

Are Mormons Christians?

JOYCE
Yes. "Mormons," is a nickname for followers of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The name "Mormon" came about because we study the Book of Mormon, but first of all, we are Christians. We are followers of Christ. There is nothing in the Book of Mormon that isn't taught in the Bible. We just believe that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ as it tells the story of people in the Americas. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

JOYCE
This is a volunteer church and that's one of the things I love the most! I grew up in a very dysfunctional home and my father was a minister. We were not living the teachings of the Christian church and that always bothered me. As a young mother, I took my children to church in search of the right one, but I had no faith that the minister was the good man he represented himself to be. I'm sure many of them probably were, but it seemed odd to me that someone would get paid for preaching about their beliefs. In my dad's church, even the organist was the member of another church and got paid for playing for us each week. That just seemed wrong to me. A Mormon bishop works at a job to support his family and gets no funds from the church. He serves the Lord and the people of our ward, or congregation, because he has been called of the Lord to do so, and because he loves the Lord and wants to serve. The sacrifices he might make in watching over a ward family are returned to him in blessings. This is just one of many points that confirms my testimony of the validity of the Book of Mormon and of Joseph Smith. If Joseph Smith had written the text, instead of translating it, he might have said that the clergy should be paid. That would have insured an income for him instead of living a life of poverty. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

JOYCE
The Relief Society is the oldest and the largest women's organization in the world. Every sister in the church over the age of 18 belongs to the Relief Society, whether they serve in Primary, Young Women, or in Relief Society. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

JOYCE
NO. I find it interesting that most Mormons don't know where Joseph Smith is buried. We revere him as the Lord's Prophet in this Last Dispensation, but He is not the Savior of the World. He was called by the Lord to be a prophet and he suffered greatly because he would not deny that he had seen Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We love him - but we worship Christ. We are Christians. Show more Show less