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Hi I'm Joy

I am head over heals in love with my husband and baby. I love to read and draw. I make a mean cheesecake. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm shy and rather quiet, but I love seeing new places and doing new things. I've visited much of the continental US, Alaska, Jamaica, Mexico, Singapore, and Malaysia. I taught English in China for a semester and served a mission in Thailand. Getting to know new places and people has helped me to become more confidant and appreciative of the blessings God has given me. After my mission I married my high school sweetheart and the most brilliant, kind man I've ever met. We recently had a beautiful baby girl who keeps us laughing and on our toes. I feel happiest when I know that I've made life better for someone else, even if it's by doing something small. For this reason I majored in public health with hopes to positively impact the world in that area. I once read a poem that said that there are many verses to the song of a woman's life and she does not need to sing them all at once. After I became pregnant, I decided to put thoughts of a career on hold and focus more on our home and family. I am still surprised at how happy I am staying at home with her. Life constantly gives me opportunities to to learn and grow in ways that I had not previously imagined. In addition to trying not to burn dinner, I've been rediscovering a love of art. I enjoy creating works of art that reflect the most important things in life, especially home and family.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people remember exactly when they learned or realized important things, but I generally remember when I realize that I've known for quite a while already. For example, I don't remember exactly when I fell in love with my husband, but I remember lying in bed one summer evening thinking about him and realizing that I was already in love. My belief in God is the same. I've known that God exists since I was a child. I've also know that He restored His church through Joseph Smith since I was a child. I remember as a six year old telling my teacher everything that I knew about Heavenly Father, The Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. I remember feeling so earnest and sure about what I told her. Later when I was in my early teens my parents were struggling in their marriage and eventually divorced. I became quite miserable and wished there wasn't a God because I thought that He must hate me and I wished that I could simply cease to exist. Over and over I tried to say to myself that there wasn't a God, but somehow I simply couldn't. I knew that I knew that I knew, and the knowledge was written to deep within my soul to be erased. It wasn't until much later that I realized that God had taken an awful time in my life, and turned it into a blessing. I developed a burning desire to have the kind of family I had only dreamed of and worked towards that goal. I realized why families fall apart. If we build marriages and families on the teachings of Christ no power on earth can separate us from those we love, but when we break the promises we make to God or our spouse and act in defiance of God's commandments then we can easily destroy the most important relationships in our lives. I also learned that Christ can truly heal my deepest hurts. Later in life and especially on my mission I was able to sure these truths with others because I had learned them for myself through painful experience. I could also sympathize and understand their problems better.

How I live my faith

When I think of my family and how the gospel has blessed us I always have a reason to smile. My life is far from perfect and our family has it's own struggles, but we are so happy, and I love that. I love living my faith. I love knowing that God is in control and, no matter what happens, in the end it's going to be ok. I love going to church and feeling that special spirit found when people worship, learn, and pray together. We have assignments within church that give us many opportunities to teach, learn, get to know people better and help out our friends as well as strangers in the community. However, if anything I find that the gospel of Christ is lived more outside of church than in it. The gospel touches every part of our lives. At home we read and pray together daily. We learn to forgive one another and practice patience and love. We avoid substances that harm our bodies and create addictions such as drugs or alcohol. We keep our bodies healthy because we know they are a gift from God. We stay out of debt as counseled by the prophet and save for rainy days of which there have been many. We give when we see people in need, which is often. The scriptures counsel us to learn and you will often find us discussing ideas and information from the radio, books, and blogs. Families are at the center of God's plan for us. My husband works hard to provide for us and we work together to plan for our future and the future of our family. These plans include frequent prayer and we have often seen miracles occur and doors unexpectedly open to help us through financial burdens, job changes, and health problems. Faith or religion is often described as a set of rules or guidelines to follow. For me faith is very different. My faith in God is like light that illuminates everything in my life, making it not only easy for me to see my path, but also making everything bright and more beautiful.