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Hi I'm Jocelyn

I'm usually the only girl in the house. I grew up with 3 brothers. Now, I'm the mom of 3 sons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being the mom of all boys. I love books, playing games (especially ping pong), making home movies and scrapbooks on my computer, laughing with my husband and watching my boys learn and grow. I also love to travel, especially somewhere that has a beach. My favorite thing to do is sing in church. I once got to sing for the prophet of our church on Mother's Day and it is an experience that I will never forget.

Why I am a Mormon

When you grow up in the church, many people believe that you are just a member because you don't know any differently. In my late teens, I realized that if I didn't find out for myself it was true, then what was the point of continuing to be a member? I earnestly prayed for an answer that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the Lord's true church. I realized one day, that my answer had been given to me over and over throughout the years as I tried to live Jesus Christ's teachings. Every time I had been to church, or served someone in need, or prayed, or read the scriptures, I had felt the truth deep within me. I'm a Mormon because my prayers have been answered. I'm a Mormon because I know for myself that this gospel is true. I'm a Mormon because everyday my happiness deepens and my understanding of my purpose on earth is expanded as I follow my Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith best when I serve. Right now I'm serving as a Humanitarian Services Leader. I help find and coordinate opportunities for church members to serve those in need. I also find that when I share my faith with the younger generation, I'm in some small way helping them increase their faith. I have been involved with the youth of the church for many years and most recently taught 2 years of early-morning seminary. I taught high school students and we studied the scriptures for an hour at 6am in the morning before they went to school. Helping the youth search the scriptures and find answers to their problems was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jocelyn
Women do not hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because that is not how the Savior organized His Church. It doesn't mean that women are not valued or hold positions of leadership. Women serve alongside the priesthood holders of the Church. We have our own women's organization within the Church, called the Relief Society. The president of the Relief Society in each ward congregation works closely with the Bishop to administer to the needs of members. Women are given responsibility for the Primary as well. This organization ministers to the needs of children under 12. Women are also called to serve with the teenage girls of the ward. They teach and assist them during their most difficult years. Women teach Sunday School to the adults as well. These local organizations and roles are in every level of Church leadership. For example, a Relief Society presidency is responsible for the entire Church organization and works with our Apostles and the Prophet. These responsibilities of leadership have been given to the women of the Church since it's very early years when Joseph Smith organized the Relief Society himself in 1842. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Jocelyn
Mormon women are just as diverse as women around the world. I have Mormon friends who are of different ethnicities, some are single, some work outside the home, some have no children, some are divorced, some are stay at home moms, some joined the church in their adult years and some have been members their whole lives. But we have more in common than our differences. We believe that God loves all his children equally, whether man or woman. Just because I chose to be a stay at home mom, doesn't mean that my husband and I are not equal partners in every decision for our family. We may have different responsibilities right now, but there is no inequality in those differences. Show more Show less