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Hi I'm Joy

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in San Diego. I'm the mother of five great kids, a published writer, and a piano teacher.

About Me

For over twenty years, I've been a piano teacher. I really enjoy helping people of all ages learn to make music. It doesn't matter if the fingers on the keys are tiny ones with all different colors of polish or full-sized ones with a manicure, we can make wonderful music together. I've done this while raising my five great kids--2 girls and 3 boys. They had their turn sitting next to me at the piano, too. Music opens the heart and lifts those who want it in their lives. I love it, and I hope that my students (and children) love it, too. I love conducting choirs, and get to do that periodically in my church.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all my life. Both my parents were involved church members, and they taught me from a young age to find out for myself if what they had to say was the truth. We read the scriptures and had many meal-time conversations where they told us scripture stories and explained their meanings. I grew to know the church was true gradually, over time. I have read the Book of Mormon and know it is a divine work of God. I also have had my prayers answered by my loving Heavenly Father, and it reminds me that He knows me, understands where I am and will guide me as I do my best to follow in faith. Jesus is our Savior, He restored His Church here on earth through Joseph Smith, and He directs the Church by communicating with prophets today, as well as in the days illustrated in the Bible. Even though I cannot comprehend how He loves all of us, it is so, and I bear personal witness that He loves all of us.

How I live my faith

I have served in a calling in our area as Director of Public Affairs, where I have had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with many ecclesiastical leaders of other churches, synagogues and mosques. I enjoyed being a representative of the Church, and am happy when someone asks questions about what I believe. We have many doctrines in common with other denominations, but we also have a very distinctive beliefs that are not mirrored in other church groups. I try diligently to live my religion--to be Christ-like in my daily life, something that is increasingly difficult in our modern world, where selfishness seems to be the theme. Being kind and caring takes daily watch-care. Loving my neighbors or reaching out to those who are in need is something I pray daily to recognize in my life. I keep my language clean, and open my heart to those around me by listening to their concerns and cares.