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Hi I'm Joy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother and grandmother. Music is important in my live as I play the piano and organ in church as well as having taught piano for 27 years. As a member of the local music teachers association for more than 20 years, I served as treasurer in the organization for 9 years. I am also a genealogist, having traced my ancestry as far back as the Mayflower on several lines. Seven of my ancestors came over on the Mayflower. At least six of my great grandfathers were Revolutionary soldiers and several fought on both sides of the Civil War. I have written two books on my ancestors from Masssachusetts, New Brunswick, and Maine on my paternal side. As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for the past 8 years, I served as treasurer for 2 years as well as was chaiman of the committee on American Heritage. I also have done oil paintings, sewing, knitting and crocheting.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon since I was 9 years old. My mother, sister, grandmother and I joined the Mormon church after studying with the missionaries for two years. I have loved the church and the members and been active ever since I was baptized. My testimony of the truthfulness of its teachings has been with me all my life. Although I haven't been perfect I have tried to live its teachings the best I could. As I have discussed the teachings of the Mormon church with friends of other religions, my testimony grows as I compare our teachings with theirs. I believe the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets just as the Bible, and that the Book of Mormon testifies of Christ just as the Bible does. One of the things I love about the BofM is that it clears up many doctrinal questions that the Bible does not, such as what paradise is, the purpose of life, necessity of baptism, (but not for babies), the conditions of salvation, the mission of Adam and Eve, etc. etc. which teachings vary in other Christian churches.

How I live my faith

I love participating in church organizations. I have held numerous positions of leadership in the church and tried to serve diligently in each calling. I have served on two missions for the church -- the first one when I was in my early twenties and the second in my seventies. My husband and I attend church every Sunday. We read the scriptures and pray together. We attend the temple on a regular basis. A friend and I are assigned to visit three other female members each month and deliver a spiritual message to them. It is called Visiting Teaching. I welcome each month into my home, my visiting teachers. The members of the church are like a big family and are so good to help and serve others when needed. We have been the recipient of their love and service in times of sickness, or death, etc. I have also helped other when I saw a need or was asked to help. I love our 13th Article of Faith which states in part: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous and in doing good to all men . . . if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."