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Hi I'm Joy

I’m a musician and a college student. I'm an older sister and a cat lover. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of four, three girls and one boy. I grew up with parents and grandparents who encouraged a love for music so I took up the clarinet in 5th grade. Despite being painfully shy, in 6th grade I decided to try out for a school musical and after that, I was hooked. I participated in band, choir, and theatre all throughout middle and high school. I am currently in college and undecided as to what I am studying, but I am attempting to apply to the vocal performance program.

Why I am a Mormon

My junior in high school I was going through a really rough time. My parents were on the brink of divorce, my friends decided they didn't want to be friends with me anymore, and my chemistry class was causing me more stress than any class ever had. On top of everything I had lost sight of my faith. I was depressed and struggling to keep my head above water. I blamed God for what was happening in my life. I couldn't believe that he was letting such a seemingly horrible situation happen to me. Was he even there? Did he care about me at all? These were things I wondered frequently. Despite growing up in the church, I was having a massive struggle believing what I had been taught. Midway through that school year my grandparents left to serve a mission halfway across the world in Slovenia, a tiny country in Europe bordering the Adriatic Sea. They knew I was having a hard time and invited me to spend a month with them that summer. Not wanting to turn down a trip to Europe, I accepted. When I arrived, I was immediately greeted by a group of sister (girl) missionaries who hugged me and told me how happy they were that I was there. This was just the beginning of a month filled with love and spiritual upliftment that I will never forget. The people I met and the experiences I had led me to know for sure that God is real, that he loves each and every one of us, and he places us where we need to be when we need to be there. Although I happened to come to this conclusion via a fairly spectacular faith-building experience, since returning to my normal life I have seen God’s love in the most basic of circumstances. This constant affirmation of His love is in some ways more meaningful because it shows he cares for me enough to help me with even the smallest of struggles. I am a Mormon because I have seen my life with and without the presence of the gospel and I know for sure that I am so much happier with Christ at the center of everything I do.

How I live my faith

Right now I have the responsibility of planning Monday night activities for a small group of people my age at church. Every Monday evening for a hour or so a bunch of these groups each get together to play games, do activities, eat food, socialize etc. It's a fun way to start the week and a great way to bond with others at church.