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Hi I'm Joy

I am a Wife, Mum and grandmother. A receptionist at an NHS unit dedicated to those with a variety of disabilities. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in West Sussex, by my Gran. She taught me many "Home-making "skills which I have been grateful for in my life as a Wife, Mother and a Grandmother. I work as a receptionist at a local Hospital within the NHS. My specific role is to book appointments and arrange the transport needs of our patients all who have varying needs due to a wide variety of disabilities. I feel privileged to associate with these people who demonstrate great Tenacity, Courage and Will-Power. I am often inspired by their ability to continue on with their lives despite their individual challenges that would be understandable if they just sat down and gave up on their dreams and ambitions. I fill my free time with reading, spending time with my family and serving in my Church capacity within the leadership of the Worlds oldest and largest womens organisation, namely the Relief Society

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 26 my baby girl spent several weeks in a burns unit. She had skin grafts to her feet. The problem was that the donor area refused to heal. She was not eating and loosing weight fast. It was a very difficult time for all of us. My husband was unable to get time off work, my eldest daughter was being looked after by her grandma 40 miles away, and I stayed at the hospital, making the decisions for the care of our sick little girl. After six weeks she was scheduled for another operation to repair the donor area. The hospital staff were lovely but couldn't give me any guarantees as to how she would fair with the anaesthetic or how successful the grafting would be. This concerned me, I needed surety. I had been sharing a room with another mother who was very religious and she suggested that I pray. I didn't just pray, I pleaded with God to heal my child so that she would not need another operation. I promised Him that I would repay this somehow, although I had no idea how! The day of the operation the nursing staff took off her bandages to prepare her for theatre. All were astounded when the donor area was healed. I knew I had had my prayer answered. A few days later my daughter was discharged home. Now I needed to uphold my end of the deal. I tried to repay this wonderful blessing by attending my local church, but no one seemed to notice my family or provide a way to help someone else in need. This started our search of different faiths. Nothing seemed right, so eventually we gave up. I continued to pray every day thanking God for all that He had done and asking how I could repay Him. Months later while in the local shopping area, two missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints asked if we believed in God. They told us that families could be together forever. After many months of lessons and questions, all our concerns were answered, resulting in My husband and I being baptised in July 1988. We now have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

How I live my faith

I currently have a leadership position which affords me opportunities to meet with women of all ages and backgrounds across 3 counties in the south of England I really enjoy this association as we strive to find ways to live our lives to reflect the life of Jesus Christ, and His teachings. Some ways which we have been involved in His work have been constructing Hygiene kits for a Women's refuge, knitting blankets for use in the third world, collecting food for local food banks, providing clothes for the homeless. We are always looking for other ways to uplift those in challenging circumstances. While we do this I find that we are fulfilling our Moto .. "Charity Never Faileth" My motivation to do good works is born of my study of the scriptures and following the instruction from a living Prophet and Apostles. We have great opportunities to share our understanding of the practical application of our Faith as we meet in our regular Sunday worship meetings, where we partake of the Sacrament, (Holy Communion), and all have the chance to teach lessons or lead gospel centred discussions. I am grateful for these open discussions and spiritual insights as all are invited to share and teach, one of the most exciting lessons that I have learnt in recent times is the Joy of Missionary Work shared by many of our Young people who have dedicated up to 2 years of their lives to Teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, sometimes many miles from Home. Our own Son has instilled a desire in my husband and I to become involved in this way. Since he returned from his Mission in The Philippines we have started more earnestly to make the necessary preparations that will enable us to fulfil this goal.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We believe and love the Holy Bible, We believe that is a sacred holy record of groups of people that lived in a time before, during and after Jesus Christ earthly ministry. The Bible is a rich history of doctrine, stories and testimonies. It witnesses that Jesus is the Son of our Heavenly Father. Written by holy men of God as moved upon by the Holy Ghost. Through the same process we have addition Holy Scripture, including the Book of Mormon, which supports the Bible. Show more Show less