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Hi I'm Joyce from Arizona

I am an empty-nester mother of seven. I work at our school district organizing career events and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I are the parents of seven children and have been empty-nesters for eight years. I now work part time at a school district, sing in the local community chorale, volunteer with the local historical society and serve in the church as a chorister to the 3 - 12 year olds. I enjoy singing, sewing, golfing, cooking, organizing events and traveling. The total number of grandchildren/great-grandchildren in my family will be 21 in November of this year. I am optomistic about life and feel that there is a lesson to be learned from all the experiences I go through. I want my posterity to know that I give credit to the Savior and the gospel of Jesus Christ for any good that they may find me doing.

Why I am a Mormon

I have ancestors who joined the church in the 1800's on both sides of my family. Although church membership was common in my extended family, neither of my parents were interested in attending church so I seldom attended or understood what the gospel entailed. I learned the significance of my spiritual nature from my maternal grandmother. However, some of the principles of the gospel were manifesting themselves to me when I saw how my friends were so good and kind to me and others. I learned that honesty and good effort are valuable. I became aware of the "by their fruits ye shall know them" principle. I learned an important lesson one day in high school when I was called to the office. A friend of mine, but not one that I was particularly close to, was on the telephone and she asked if I would get her homework assignments and some tablets from her locker. This was the first time she and I had ever spoken on the phone. I was so thrilled that she felt she could count on ME to help her out. It made me view serving others in a new and different way. My first assignment ever to teach a gospel oriented lesson came from the parents of a young man I was dating. I had sat in on a few of their family gospel lessons so I understood the format. Then one week it was MY turn. Once again I felt that a level of trust had been given to me. Through these and other experiences, the spirit was able to manifest to me that happiness comes through attempting to align myself with the gospel of Jesus Christ and those positive examples around me. I'm so grateful for them.

How I live my faith

I love the chorus of a song that our youth learn, it repeats each verse with the simple words, "Try to be like Him, try, try, try." Because of Jesus Christ I have the blessing of the His gospel. His truths are Eternal and will bring joy not only in this life but in the world to come. I strive to make choices based on "What would the Savior do?" As a mother, attending church has never been an option. If at all possible, I go.....even when traveling. I have found the gospel is the same in Mexico, Italy and Philipinnes....same format to meetings, same hymnal, same manuals for Sunday School and our women's group. It is constant, and attending refuels my spirit; even though I may not totally understand the language, I recognize the songs and immediately am drawn into unity with the room full of strangers, worshiping Jesus Christ. I have been asked to visit four sisters in my church each month. This is called Visiting Teaching and most all active women in the church are asked to do this. Visiting Teaching entails giving a brief gospel message and checking to see that the family is doing well. Occasionally, I am able to be of service by taking a meal in to a family. At church I have learned things from others who are willing to share their knowledge and I have also had the chance to teach music, candy-making, sewing and various other things. Knowing that I can impact others by simply sharing things I know makes service simple, rewarding and a blessing. I am currently teaching the 3 - 12 year olds in a music capacity. Those sweet little faces singing those songs of faith and charity are a wonderful sight each Sunday. To answer the question “How do I live my faith?” I try each day to serve others prayerfully, with a willing heart and a happy countenance. I am 62 years old and I am still trying to be like Him.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Joyce from Arizona
Many people refer to Him as the Holy Spirit. He is a personage of spirit without a body of flesh and bones and is a member of the Godhead, along with God the Father and Jesus Christ. He has the ability to witness the truth of things to us if we worthily ponder, study them out and ask God in prayer for enlightenment. He can bring all things back to our memory, when we worthily ask. He communicates to us quietly and powerfully, through our feelings, or peaceful whisperings to our mind. He is a comforter to us in times of need. He can be a protector, if we allow Him to influence our actions. With all the distractions in the world today (tv, ipods, movies, cellphones) it can be difficult to recognize His attempts to communicate with us. We need to allow those quiet, reflective moments in our day and seek to be guided. He is a great influence and blessing to me. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Joyce from Arizona
Our Sunday meetings are held in a 3-hour block. Our worship service is 70 minutes long and and opening and closing prayer offered by either a man or woman in attendance. There will be three or four congregational hymns, administsration of the Sacrament, announcements for the coming week and two or three speakers who have an assigned topic. There is no collection plate during any of our services. Visitors are always welcome. Typically men will be dressed in a dress shirt and tie and nice slacks, some wear suits, but they are not required. The women wear a nice skirt and blouse or dress. I would encourage you to be friendly towards people, and let them know that you not a member but just wanted to visit. Following the worship service the children from 18 months to 11 years attend Primary where they have singing practice, play games, give talks and attend a lesson geared specifically to their age. The teens and adults attend Sunday School for 45 minutes then all the adult women meet together for Relief Society, the 12 to 18 year old girls attend Young Womens and all men attend Priesthood Meeting. The lessons in Sunday School and Relief Society are taught by members from the congregation and participation from all is always encouraged. I have attended church in a few different countries and many places here in the states and have taken great comfort in knowing that this format will be found regardless of where I am. Show more Show less