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Hi I'm Joylyn.

I'm an educator and a hobby-dabbler. I love the true, the simple, and the non sequitur, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an Arizona born heat refugee recently relocated to the northwest. In graduate school I focused on the history of the American educational system, and my career as an educator reflects my commitment to non-traditional student populations. I've taught at international schools, stateside juvenile detention facilities, and I currently supervise a tutoring center serving immigrant and refugee families in public housing. Most of the things I love in life are well-worn, like my library card, my passport, and my walking shoes.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because the truths of the gospel teach me how to lead a life of progress, fulfillment, and joy. Being raised in the church gave me a foundation of morality, and a community of support that I think is common to congregations of all faiths. The simple truths that I was taught in my childhood- like showing love through service or praying for comfort and direction, helped to shape my understanding of God as a loving Heavenly Father, who is aware of me as an individual. As I matured in the gospel, and faced more difficult questions of doctrine, this knowledge allowed me to turn to Him for direction; knowing that He would answer my questions, and provide specific, individual guidance-because He knows and loves me. I am a Mormon because as I choose each day to recommit to living the commandments, the promised blessings are made manifest in my life, and I feel the joy that comes from becoming more Christlike. Though we live in a world that can at times seem chaotic or hopeless I have found that living the gospel of Jesus Christ allows me to feel connected and purposeful. My faith allows me to see with increasing clarity the beauty of God’s creations, recognize His hand in all things, and sense the capacity, and the divinity of others. This vision of hope serves as an anchor to my faith, and drives me to act on and pursue those true things that bring real, and lasting happiness.

How I live my faith

Day by day. I try to live my faith by actively, and mindfully choosing each day to be more like Christ. I believe that our ability to choose, to actively shape and improve our natures, is the greatest gift God has given us. This freedom to choose, testifies to me of God’s faith in my capacity to select for myself those things that will make me the happiest. I have found that what makes me happiest is growing my gifts and talents as a means to serve others. Because I believe that God is far more interested in who we are than what we do, I believe that behavior should serve as an honest reflection of character. When I think about living my faith, I think about the Christlike traits I would like to develop—kindness, patience, love— and I turn to the scriptures and am taught by the examples of the Savior and his prophets, and attempt to emulate them. I am imperfect, and as such, I live my faith imperfectly, but as I resolve each day to repent, to pray in faith, to serve more, and to choose a little better, I am reassured of God’s satisfaction with my choices and His continued direction in my life.