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Hi I'm Joy.

I'm a busy, always wishing I could sleep just a little longer, full-time mom of nearly three. I live in Seattle. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a Latter-day Saint all of my life. My parents both converted to the church during their late teens and later met and married for eternity in one of our holy temples. I feel so privileged to have been raised by such wonderful people who have taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ not only through words, but also through example. The truths I know make my life so happy and fulfilling. The hard times come, but they don't seem so hard when you know why you are here and where you are headed. I married in my late twenties and had my son at 30. Though I did many interesting and rewarding things prior to being a mom, I have never been happier. I have two children now and plan to have a couple more. It is very hard work and most of my friends think I'm crazy to want more, but I feel that the Lord has more spirits to send to our family. I believe that raising a family is the most important work I can do... and the most fun! I've lived in the Northwest most of my life and I am typical of what you would expect from someone who lives where it rains all of the time. I love books! I'm a Harry Potter fan to the core. I recently took up the art of Amigurumi (crocheting dolls and toys) and though I still need much practice before I'm an expert, it's a lot of fun... when I can find the time. :) I have always loved to bake and fantasize about the day when I'll have time to bake my own bread. Ahhhh... I'm a classic "housewife" and I own it! :) I couldn't be happier.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Latter-day Saint. (My parents both converted in their late teens and met at a church social several years later.) It is unrealistic to say that I am a Mormon just because I was taught to be one. Everyone, regardless of how you were raised, eventually questions what they have been taught to believe. I have questioned it and found for myself a testimony of the truthfulness of this church. One of the things that I find so powerful about this gospel is the emphasis that each member needs to ask God directly, for themselves, if what is being taught is true. I have prayed uncounted times and had those prayers answered. I have read the scriptures (the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon) daily for most of my life and have found much guidance and inspiration and truth. I know these things are true for myself because I have lived the commandments and found out that they really do make my life happier, easier, and fulfilling. This truly is the gospel that Jesus Christ taught when he lived on the earth.

How I live my faith

My life revolves around feeding, cleaning and getting children to sleep. I wish I had more time to serve in the community, but there is a time and season for all things. I am happy that I am able to meet other women who have young children and share the joys and the pains that we all go through. Seattle is a very culturally diverse area and it is wonderful to interact with so many women from various backgrounds. I jokingly called our last visit to the zoo "an international outing" with my friends from Brazil, Australia, and South Africa. They lift my spirits and I hope that my friendship lifts theirs as well. I volunteer with the youth at church. I help to plan and organize Sunday classes and weekday activities as well as care for the emotional and spiritual welfare of these young women who live in such a difficult and confusing world. I also volunteer as a Visiting Teacher where I go out with another woman from church once a month to visit other women of our congregation. We mostly do just that... visit. But we also share a spiritual message and offer help where needed. My husband is the Bishop of our congregation at church (a volunteer). This takes up a lot of his time as he also works a regular full-time job during the day. He is away from the family a few nights a week and gives long hours of service on Sundays. Although we would love to have him home more, we are so blessed by the Lord because of the service he gives. And I have had so many wonderful opportunities to get to know and love and serve the members of our congregation because of his position.