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Hi I'm Joyce

I live in Indiana. I teach swimmming and work at an elementary school. I am a wife, mother, and grandma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

About the time my youngest child started first grade, My doctors ordered me to find a way to put activity into my day, or else I would end up in a wheelchair. I decided that activity was better than the alternative, so I found a part time job as a lunch lady in an elementary school cafeteria. I loved it so much, that I decided to do something more. I tried substitute teaching. Now, I work as an instructional assistant at an elementary school. This job works for my body and my spirit because I have the oppportunity to serve children, as well as to develop relationships with others. My understanding that all children are children of God helps me when I assist a child who is having a bad day, or who is struggling to learn. I also teach swimming at a YMCA. Here I get to strenghten my body, and serve others. My favorite thing to do is to get up in front of a group of people and give a talk or speech. My other hobbies include sewing, reading, and visiting my grandchildren. As a young mother, I struggled with staying home, even though I knew this would be the best thing for my children. I didn't realize back then that I should have found something to do that was just for me. I have learned that I need to have balance in my life. When one part of my life is out of balance, I am not happy. My balance comes from church membership, gospel study, service, being a wife, mother, grandmother, and working part time.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My parents taught me the principles of the gospel, and often shared with me the experiences that helped their faith in God increase. My father's experiences were especially powerful. His life was spared on several occasions. His faith was such that he knew that God had a plan for him. He knew that by keeping the commandments, and by listening to the promptings from the Holy Ghost, he would be protected. As an adult, I have learned for myself the value of living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I do not drink alcohol, smoke, or even drink coffee or tea. One day I was very ill, and ended up in the emergency room. The doctor on duty did an exam and ran some blood tests. He came back into the room, and with a very serious tone of voice, told me that he was going to ask me a question, and told me that I needed to be perfectly honest with him. He asked me how much alcohol I drink. I told that doctor that I had never consumed even a drop of alcohol, and that I did not ever intent to start. He was totally suprised with my answer, but told me that my blood tests showed that I had pancreatitis. The doctor told me that pancreatitis is caused by two things - alcohol consumption and gallstones. My being able to answer honestly, gave the doctor the information he needed to help me. I recovered completely from my pancreatitis, and then had my gall bladder removed.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to teach the youth of the church in an early morning scripture study class. I am up every morning before 6:00 a.m., and teach a scripture lesson to high school students every school day. This has been a great blessing in my life. Another opportunity I have is of being the organist for our Sunday worship service. I had never played the organ before moving to our current town 7 years ago. I have worked really hard to be able to play with confidence. I know that I am still a novice, but I am enjoying this experience. I know that problems and trials are part of life, but I also know that I have my Heavenly Father's help in overcoming or enduring the challenges I have. I am legally handicapped. I have health problems related to orthopedic birth defects. I have been blessed with good medical care, and the opportunity to work in a job that my body can handle. Also, I have learned that serving the Lord, exercising faith, listening to and practicing the council of my doctors and staying active have helped me live a full, happy, and productive life