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Hi I'm Joy

My husband and I have six children and twenty-three grandchildren. We are a happy and close family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a family of 7. I have three sisters and one brother. We were a family of modest means and my parents taught me the value of hard work, honesty and loyalty. Family vacations consisted of camping and fishing. My father was an avid fly fisherman and we ate all he caught. As an adult, I love to read, sew, and spend time with our family. I married right out of high school and didn't go to college so I try to learn all I can from those around me. My husband has always supported me in any worthwhile project or endeavor to help me to continue to grow. I love nature and enjoying seeing and visiting new places. We have lived in the Philippines and Japan for many years and enjoyed learning the new cultures. It made me realize how blessed I am to live in the United States of America and I love my country and the many freedoms that we enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have seen both sides of the coin, so to speak. I was raised in a loving family who only had part of the gospel because my father was not a member. He was a wonderful man and taught me many things and I honor and respect him. However, after my mother passed away I had a huge hole in my heart and yearned to know more about what was in store for me. As I studied the gospel, watched my friends and their families, I knew that I wanted to be married for time and all eternity and be sealed to my own mother and father. The gospel has made our home a united one with goals, aspirations, a desire to be honest, and guidelines to help raise our family. Practical guide lines ones as well as very spiritual and binding ones. Without the gospel I don't feel we would have the unity we do. We are normal....we have problems, sorrow, and discouragement. We have been blessed with the tools to help pass through the troubled time and know that joy will come again and we will have grown from the experience.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the center of our family and we practice the values it teaches. I love to teach, especially adults but I have taught the youth as well for many years. This has increased my knowledge and love of the gospel and the world around me, because it involves learning. I know our Heavenly Father wants us to learn all we can and understand the doctrine we are taught so we can stand tall and be of help to those around us. I was born in a part member family. My father supported my mother and let us attend church, but I didn't learn the principles of the gospel fully until I was in high school. I had friends who supported me and helped me understand, especially after my mother died when I was fifteen. It was then I started to realize how much our Heavenly Father loves each of us and wants us to return to him and the course of my life changed. I met my husband as a senior in high school and we were married in the temple for time and all eternity. He encouraged me and supported my growth in all aspects of my life. I am his partner in all areas of our marriage and am grateful for the knowledge I have that families can be forever. Since we have retired we have served two missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and will soon start our third mission. This helps us stay young and helps us to serve those around us on a daily basis.