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Hi I'm Joy

I'm a Utah girl transplanted in Nebraska. I'm a mom to 3 little girls, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Orem, Utah, just waiting until I could go to BYU. Well, after starting at BYU in 2002, and got married to my husband a year later. I graduated from BYU in 2005 with a degree in History Teaching, then moved with my husband and baby to Charlotte, NC. Four years and two more kids later we finished with a Masters and PhD and moved to Nebraska. I love to read Sci-Fi/Fantasy, classics, and lots of princess stories with my daughters. I love to cook and eat anything chocolate. I also LOVE to watch football, especially BYU and the Indianapolis Colts. I like to sew and do other crafts.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and being from Utah, most of my friends were as well. I have had friends ask me if I only belong to the church now because it's how I was raised, but I tell them that's really not the reason. In order to be strong in the church you have to know for yourself that it is true. When I was 12 or 13 my Sunday School teacher challenged us to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. She said that we would have to do this some time or other and it would be better for us to do it sooner. So I decided to try. I'm not sure how long it took me to get through the first time, probably around a year, but when I did I knew it was time to pray about it. I knelt by my bed and as I started to pray I just started crying and I felt so much peace in my heart. I knew that the Book of Mormon really was inspired, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that President Hinckley (the prophet at the time) was a prophet of the Lord. No matter what happens in my life to make me doubt things, I always remember this one time and the many that have come after it and I know that this is where I'm supposed to be. While I haven't loved every ward I've been in all of the time, I know that the Church is true and that it is led by Christ through President Monson.

How I live my faith

In my current ward I work with the youth, specifically the young women (12-18). I help them with the Personal Progress program, which helps girls through study come to better know themselves and the Savior. We get to do some fun activities and projects. For example, just last night we had 5 girls and another leader in our home with one of the girls teaching the others a recipe that her uncle (a chef) had taught her. It was a fun (and tasty!) way for one of the girls to share with the others what she likes to do. I am also a able to go with a friend each month and visit some of the other women in the ward, where we share a gospel message and get to know each other better.