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Hi I'm Joyce

I'm a Mormon mom from WY, OK, TX, CA, & AZ. I have thrived through all these moves because the gospel is true everywhere.

About Me

I am a wife and mom. That defines me. My family is the second most important thing in my life, the first being the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I wouldn't have the family I have without the Gospel, so both are paramount in any description of me. I have seven children, two boys and five girls, and nineteen grandchildren. My favorite things to do is read, work in my yard, exercise, travel and serve the Lord. I didn't work outside of the home until all of my children were raised. Since then I have worked as a Seminary teacher and later as tax-preparer/teacher for a local CPA firm.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel that I was born with a testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Only problem was that I was born into a inactive family. We, as children, were baptized and dropped of at the front door for Sunday School each Sunday. Although I didn't have any support from my family in regard to living the Gospel, I knew the church was true and that I was a Mormon. As a child I so wanted religion in my life that I attended every existing church with my friends in my quest to belong. I soon found myself knowing that the things I was hearing at other churches were not always true. I knew where the truth was to be found. However, with no family support, I married out of the church and started attending a protestant church. Upon moving from my home town to a nearby town for my husband to attend the University, the missionaries soon found me and I have been an active member ever since. If asked to list the reasons I am a Mormon I would list the following: I know I will be able to raise my son, who was killed when he was he was five. I know without a doubt that Heavenly Father answers prayers. I have received so many visits from the Holy Ghost in many ways from comforting to promptings that I can never deny him. My children are absolutely wonderful and I fear to think what their lives would have been like raised out of the church. I wouldn't want to live without the revelation which comes to each of us and the revelation which comes to our leaders. I see the hand of the Father in my life everyday and am eternally grateful for Christ's sacrifice for me and the miracles that abound in my life and the lives of my children.

How I live my faith

When I was first reactivated as a young mother, I remember hearing that we should never, ever refuse a calling. Callings come from the Lord and he knows what we are capable of doing. Hence, I have had every calling a woman could have in the church, at a ward and stake level. I have grown in each and every calling. Living in the mission field in the seventies, there was a time when I had five callings at once, four ward callings and one stake calling. Oh, those where the fun days for a young mother of five. I have loved all of my callings with the exception of Den Mother. However, the calling or job I have loved most was teaching Early Morning Seminary for five years. The growth I experienced was amazing. I love working with all ages of children and seem to have a talent for doing so, but working with the youth in Young Women and Seminary is especially rewarding. To see lives being influenced by your words and to hear feed back from those students or their parents years later is very humbling. I must say that no matter where I was serving or whom I was serving, I was the one who benefited the most. Any talent or success I experienced were a result of the Lord's hand in everything I do. Without Him, I am nothing, I can do nothing. With him, I can overcome all my fears, I teach and I speak.