What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Joyce

I'm a Mormon. I am married with two children. I have few worries, because I know where I came from and where I want to go.

About Me

I am a new Mom. My husband and I adopted two children last summer, we were sealed together in the temple for time and all eternity. I have had a career as a Respiratory Therapist for over 20 years. I love my work and taking care of people's needs, but nothing compares to the education I've gained from being a Mom and the love and joy I've experienced knowing my family and I can be together forever. I am challenged to balance my home and family and my church callings, but I have learned through faith and righteous desires I can accomplish anything if God so desires it. My favorite hobbies are: gardening, biking, preparedness and self sufficiency, scuba diving, and caring for the earth and animals, playing the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I have investigated many religions. I asked many questions to people about their personal believes and then observed how those believes affected their lives. I could see some goodness in almost all religions, but I had so many questions that were not previously answered to my satisfaction. One day, I found myself on my knees, pleading for guidance from a God that I wasn't even sure existed. I poured out my heart to Him and asked Him to please help me know if He was real. I asked to know if He was listening. I told Him that I would follow Him if only somehow I could truly communicate with Him and understand His wishes for my life. I explained in my prayer that my life was not happy and that I simply wanted to do the right thing with my life and know Him, if he was there. I later learned, that my FIRST step in faith, was all that was needed to allow Heavenly Father to begin to teach me. My heart was opened to hearing Him for the first time. Soon after my prayer, Heavenly Father slowly placed little pieces of knowledge in my path. They didn't come quickly, but one at a time, at a pace that I could comprehend. The knowledge he gave me, included an opportunity to attend my first Mormon church meeting. I found some answers to questions that had never been answered before. After studying those answers, I sought more knowledge by taking the Gospel Principles classes they offered. Each class provided more information that I could take into my life and apply directly to see the outcomes of these principles for myself. Like all members, I had trials and tests of my faith. Through each of my trials I continued to apply these basic principles of truth and happiness and after each trial my blessings grew as well as my own testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, I know my Father in Heaven and I know he knows me personally. I also know that He loves every one of his children and wants us to return to live with Him in heaven.

How I live my faith

I've had several callings in my ward, during the 7 years that I've been a member of the church. Each calling has helped me build skills that I needed or desired to have. I played the piano for our ward choir for 3 years. I assisted with the activities committe for a short time and I was an assitant den mother for the wolves for approximatley a year. My last calling was assisting my husband as a primary teacher. This calling lasted for almost 3 years and ultimately led to my husband and I's realization that together we could be good parents. I can't imagine a better way to learn and grow than through opportunities given to us when we are called directly from God to perform them. I've always know my callings were given to me by Heavenly Father so I could grow and develop into the person He knew and needed me to be. I feel so at peace in doing this work, knowing that I am serving His good works here on earth.