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Hi I'm Joy

I grew up in Oregon, USA, married, have 5 children, 20 grand children. I'm a writer and lyricist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I met my husband in college and we've now been married more than fifty years. I enjoy writing and have authored books on relationships with my husband, who is a marriage and family therapist. Our books include "I Don't Have to Make Everything All Better" and "Love That Lasts: 14 Secrets to a More Joyful, Passionate, and Fulfilling Marriage". I also enjoy writing lyrics for Christian music. Best of all, I love being the mother of our five adopted children and grandmother of twenty little angels---well, some are not so little any more, but are still angels in my eyes.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a faithful Mormon family, which I count as a great blessing in my life. My parents have passed on, but I am comforted in the knowledge that I will be with them again. My mother was a convert at age 19, my father was born a member. They taught me to love and serve Jesus Christ. They taught me that this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. As an adult I have studied the doctrine of the Church carefully, read the Book of Mormon many times, and have come to know without a doubt that Joseph Smith was, indeed, a prophet of God., and that the Book of Mormon is true. I love this book with all my heart, as I do the Holy Bible. Through study and prayer I have had a personal spiritual witness from the Holy Spirit that these things are true. The principles taught in this Church have directed me to a life of faith and service. It has given me a path to follow, a path of repentance, forgiveness, and faith in Christ, that leads to happiness here in this life and eternally. My greatest joy is to see my children and grandchildren grow up in righteousness. I wish that all men and women could have these same blessings, and will do all I can to share it with them, pledging to love them all whether they accept my sharing or not. I know we are all children of a loving Father in Heaven, who wants only the best for all of us.

How I live my faith

Being actively involved in my church is very important to me. I enjoy my assignments to visit other women in our ward, and having them visit me. It's a great system called visiting teaching where we check up on each other and help out when there are needs, such as illness, birth of a baby, death of a loved one, etc. I also currently teach a class in Sunday School on improving family relationships. My husband and I have enjoyed many opportunities to present seminars to church and civic groups. It is our goal to strengthen marriages and families wherever we can.