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Hi I'm Joyce

I grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. I received my Masters degree from Kansas State University. I love being a mom and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a very busy mom, wife and church member. I have 3 small children and work from home. At my daughters' schools I volunteer in their classrooms and help with other volunteer needs in the schools. At church, I really enjoy being an Activities Day leader and working with the 8 to 11 year old girls. I am grateful that I am able to help my husband by working for his business and having the flexibility to complete my work from home. I am hoping to make regular exercise a part of my life again this fall. I have not gotten back into a fitness routine after my 3rd child and it's now time. Since I'm really busy I like to spend my personal time in relaxing activities with my husband or friends. I treat myself to the spa, try to date my husband (not very relaxing but we played paintball in August – it took weeks for the bruises to go away), and I enjoy going to lunch, dinner or pedicures with my friends. Although visit teaching has a "check list" feeling to it, I really enjoy the time I spend with my visiting teachers and with my companion visiting my sisters.

Why I am a Mormon

My husband was raised Mormon, however I was raised Catholic. Although I chose to get confirmed in the Catholic church (to make my mom happy and so I could get married in a catholic church) I never really had a strong feeling about the Catholic church. While dating my now-husband I really liked the Mormon church, however it took me several years before deciding to get baptized Mormon. Two years after getting married my husband and I were sealed in the Denver Temple for time and all eternity and it was in the temple after the ceremony that I told my husband that I was pregnant with our first child. I have always been so happy that we are sealed as a family forever.

How I live my faith

Having small children offers a great opportunity to lead by example and live my faith. Although I wasn’t raised reading the bible and cannot answer all the doctrinal questions my precocious daughter asks me, I am proud to teach her how to live with standards that exceed the expectations of our society. It really means a lot to me that my daughters look forward to going to church. It is so cute how the younger one always wants to say prayers for the family and blessings at meal times. I am grateful that my children will have a religious upbringing that includes lots of scripture studies and an opportunity to gain their own testimonies about the Mormon Church.