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Hi I'm Joie Hartley

I'm a mother of two, a wife, a special education teacher and a Mormon! I grew up in Seattle Washington.

About Me

I am a mother, a wife and a special education teacher. I spent the past ten years dedicating my time and effort to children with special needs, specifically children with autism. A year ago my son was born with special needs. So, not only do I now have a Masters degree in special education, I am a mother to a son with special needs. It's been a challenge but he is the light of our family! We love him dearly. I love to run triathlons, spend time outdoors, snow ski, and bike. I grew up in Washington but went to college at Utah State University in Logan Utah. I love being a mom! And I also enjoy working and keeping up on my career. I work at a pediatric clinic, working with children who have autism. It's a balancing act but I love it. My busy schedule keeps me on my toes.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS church but really had to search for my own testimony in college, when I was on my own for the first time. I have always been blessed with faith in the gospel and my knowledge in God and my Savior Jesus Christ, but I had to figure out for myself what it meant to be a Mormon. It never felt right when I missed church, or felt too busy to study the scriptures or say my nightly prayers. I realized how much I relied on daily prayers and including my Savior in my life. After college I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Jerusalem, and to walk where Jesus has walked. I studied His life and His teachings. His spirit was so strong there, it would have been difficult to deny the truth. I came to know my Savior there and continue to strive each day to include him in my life. I feel blessed to have the knowledge that I do, and the beliefs that I have. It has helped in raising my children, specifically my child with special needs. The eternal perspective is present in my daily life, while I am reminded that material items don't mean as much as my spiritual well-being. I strongly believe my children were sent to me so that I could take care of them, serve them and help them learn the gospel. However, my son with special needs is here to teach me more than I think I will ever be able to teach him. And I continue to learn from him daily, as I serve him and help him learn and develop. And when I have a hard day, and I want to give up, and be sad about my son's disabilities, I pray and I know he hears me and carries me through my day.

How I live my faith

For the past 4 and a half years I have worked with the teenagers (the youth) in our church. I am their leader and though it's a big job, they continue to teach me so much! They are some of the most Christ-like people I know. They are kind, thoughtful, and accepting teenagers. And they are incredible examples to me of how to live my faith on a daily basis.