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Hi I'm Joy

I'm a foodie, I love to dance and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I returned from serving a volunteer mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Washington D.C. last summer. It was one of the best experiences of my life so far! What made it even better was meeting my husband. He served as a missionary as well and our service over-lapped for about a year. We were married this spring for time and eternity. I'm so excited to be sealed, or married for forever, to someone I love and trust. I come from a big family where we love to talk, laugh, and have fun. I enjoy the beach, long boarding, and basically anything that allows me to be outside. I studied Nutrition & Food, so I absolutely love cooking, eating, and learning about nutrition.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it's the best way I know how to be happy. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings a light into my life that can't be found anywhere else. I've come to appreciate the commandments God has given us. He loves us enough to give us rules and guidelines to keep our lives in harmony with the Holy Spirit. I have felt that spirit in my life again and again and constantly seek for the peaceful reassurance that it brings. The fruits of the spirit spoken of in Galatians 5:22-23 (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) have come to me as I have studied the Book of Mormon, prayed about the prophet Joseph Smith, and as I've attended church meetings. I know God communicates with his children. Through study, prayer, and constantly living in accordance with God's commandments, we can know the truth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church every Sunday for 3 hours, and I love it! I learn so much from my fellow members as we teach each other in classes and through weekly sermons. I hold a calling in my congregation, meaning I volunteer my time and talents to the functionality of the congregation. Currently I oversee a number of women who visit other women of the congregation in their home. Each month these women report back to me the status and well being of each individual they visit on a monthly basis. This program is called Visiting Teaching. I also study my scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon, daily. As I learn about Christ and the sacrifice he made for me, I become so grateful for what I've been given and my desire to share it has increased. I believe that I need to be ready to answer any question that comes my way about my faith, so I try and absorb and take in the doctrines of the church. I attend a weekly scripture study class for college aged adults known within the church as Institute. I find it helpful to discuss the scriptures with others my age and learn from their insights. I live my faith through prayer. I believe in a personal relationship with God and try to pray often throughout the day as well as every morning and night. I know God will direct me through the Holy Ghost as I seek Him out. Prayer, coupled with obedience, has strengthened my confidence in God's love for me and that I am on the correct path back to Him.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

This is one of my favorite doctrines. As a newly wed I cannot wait to be with my husband even after this life. In our marriage ceremony the officiator, what we call a "sealer", never said "until death do you part". We were promised that we could be together in the next life with our families. I know as my husband and I each try to be better people and come closer to Christ our relationship will strengthen here and last forever. Show more Show less