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Hi I'm Joy

I play the piano, sing, paint, write, cross stitch, and read. I've had depression for over 10 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 30 and single. My life now is not how I expected it to turn out. I planned to be married, have several kids (or a good job, though I would prefer to have had kids), and spend my time and energy strengthening my family. Instead I work at job that doesn't utilize my bachelor's degree, I live at home with my parents, and I don't any current marriage prospects. Instead I have wonderful friends, both married and single, who encourage and inspire me to be my best. I have an honest job that pays the bills, and I am grateful to have a job in the current economy because I did not have one for several years. I work with nice people who know what my religious beliefs are and respect me for my convictions despite their own beliefs. I have good relationships with my brother and sisters. I have had many opportunities to serve in my church and community. I am proud of what I have made of my life so far, and I have plans in motion for improving my future.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon, in Salt Lake City, until I was in high school. Then I moved to Texas for two years, then upstate New York for three. Living outside of Utah was an eye-opening experience for me. I met many people of other religions and faiths, some of whom didn't even know what the Mormon religion was. I discovered that I had much in common with people who had strong religious convictions, who stood by their principles and lived according to their beliefs. I have always believed that the church was true. Living with people who didn't even know about my religion when I was a teenager gave me an opportunity to share my beliefs with others. It also gave me an opportunity to see how people lived who chose other ways to live. I decided that I wanted certain blessings in my life that I could only gain by living church standards. My religion isn't just a Sunday thing, it is a way of living every day that helps define who I am. My faith helps me to see the miracles and blessings that I am given. It reminds me that every person is a child of God and that I should treat them with respect and kindness as my brothers and sisters. It reminds me that God loves me and wants the best for me, so I should want the best of myself as well. My faith inspires me to live what I believe, and that has made all the difference in how I feel about myself and others.

How I live my faith

Currently I play the piano for sacrament meeting (the main Sunday meeting) for my ward. I come to church 15 minutes early so I can play prelude music before the meeting starts. I play church hymns or children's hymns for prelude. These songs have beautiful familiar tunes, and they bring to mind the words of these songs, which all testify of our beliefs and our faith in Jesus Christ. It is my responsibility to create an atmosphere in our chapel, through music, that brings peace and reminds people to be reverent. During the meeting I play the music for three or four congregational hymns. These hymns are considered part of our worship service, and everyone is encouraged to sing along. Hymnal books are provided on each row, and the numbers of the songs are listed at the front of the chapel so everyone can open the books to the right page and participate. As I have played these hymns and listened to the congregation raise their voices in songs of praise, I feel closer to God. Music is a form of worship, and I feel privileged to serve my ward by providing musical accompaniment so we can all worship together.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Joy
Yes. It is the record of God's dealings with His children throughout time. It contains the promises that God has made to His children, the promises that He keeps with us. The Bible has the testimonies of prophets before and after Christ's life who testified that He would come to earth to be our Savior. The Bible has the record of Jesus Christ's life and ministry, and we study Christ's life so we can learn to become more like Him. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Joy
We have faith in God, our Eternal Father, and in His son, Jesus Christ. As members of this church, we make promises (called covenants) that we will do certain things and the God will give us blessings in return. I do those things I have promised to do because I have faith that He will keep His promises to me. Show more Show less