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Hi I'm Josi

I'm a thirty-something year old mother of four and published novelist of both Mormon and National market fiction novels.

About Me

I was born into an active LDS family and raised in the gospel. Being born and raised in the church, however, does not mean I didn't have my own chances to learn for myself the blessings of the gospel. I learned from many mistakes as well as some very good choices and am grateful that the foundation I was raised with has brought me to where I am in my life. I married a wonderful man in the Salt Lake Temple in 1993 and we have four children we are raising with the same gospel standards that have blessed our lives. In addition to being a wife and a mother, I'm a writer and have published several novels both for LDS and National audiences. I'm a founding member of the writing guild, LDStorymakers, and have been involved in numerous writing conferences in my community. I'm currently serving as the president of The Whitney Awards, a genre-fiction award for LDS writers.

Why I am a Mormon

There was a point during my teenage years when I chose a very different path than the one my parents had led me to thus far in my life. I made choices in opposition to what I had been taught, determined to prove that happiness could found in a variety of things. The experience taught me something very different as life got harder and darker and very lonely. It was through the example of a few key people in my life, including the man who would become my husband, and I decided to choose again. God is a God of second chances, and third and forty-fifth chances too. I returned to the path my parents and teachers had laid out for me, but I was there because I had tasted the other path and didn't want it. It took time and faith and prayer and support of people who loved me before I felt what I hadn't felt before. It was through the steps of repentance that I discovered the sweetness of the Atonement and came to know who I wanted to be. I have been an active member of the Mormon church ever since and, twenty years later, am still processing and learning the principles of the gospel and how they can bless my lives. I have many miles to go yet, but I know my course and know my Shepherd which makes the journey a joyful one despite the many hardships that I've continued to face.

How I live my faith

I pray daily. I fast at least once a month. I seek opportunities to serve and give. I work with the children in my ward congregation. I attend the temple. I love my family and seek to make them the center of my world. I strive to honest and kind in all things. I evaluate my life and actions on a regular basis and try to make amends when I've done something hurtful to someone else. I reflect on the choices of the past and look forward to the future with optimism. I seek to discover and use my talents in a way that blesses the lives of other people. I teach my children the truths that have blessed my life.