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Hi I'm Joy

I grew up on a Utah ranch. I lived with my husband & 5 children in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am a retired principal. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Education is important to me and I grew up to become a teacher and then a school principal. I love learning and children of every age! I lived in a small ranch town with many wonderful friends. Horses and dogs are my favorite animals. My parents were functioning alcholics whom I loved dearly but I lived through many challenges growing up, all of which helped me develop the strong character and understanding I have carried through the years. I drew from this strength when my brother was violently killed. My heart soars that I married a strong family oriented man who gives me strength and joy in the desire to be a family forever, and to know our youngest child who did not last long in this earth life will be with the rest of our family again. I enjoy sewing with and for our children and grandchildren, and I plan to make each of my 20 grandchildren a special quilt comforter when they turn 8 years old. Cooking and reading are also part of my leisure time activities. Now that our five living children have completed college and married, we look forward to serving a mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon. I was baptized a Mormon when I turned eight, the age of accountability. My older brother baptized me. I loved my church leaders who helped me learn and grow in the knowledge of gospel truths. I had great friends growing up that set examples of how I wanted to be and I followed them. My older sister went to BYU so I wanted to, also. That was where I really understood the importance of Jesus Christ, the Plan of Happiness and the power of prayer. Early in my life my bishop said to pick out sisters in the ward that I would like to be like, then do the things they do. I watches others in my ward carefully and picked out the characteristics I hoped to develop. My future husband's conversion also strengthened my testimony and together we have lived a life filled with spiritual experiences, miracles, peace and happiness. Why I'm a Mormon? I would not want it any other way!

How I live my faith

I live my life filled with hope for the future. I have always had a spark of light even while young being raised by alcoholic parents, I attended church by myself as a child and through my teens. I had a continuous prayer to be an "instrument" in the Lord's hands. I was especially excited to attend BYU and be surrounded by others desirous to live the commandments. Throughout my life I have held many teaching and leadership callings that have helped strengthen my faith, experienced miraculous answer to prayers and been influenced by the Holy Ghost. The most difficult and rewarding of all my faith building experiences is that of being a mother and grandmother. Heavenly Father loves every one of his children and I have felt His influence and promptings as I asked for help in guiding our family. I have also been a public school teacher and principal working mainly with at risk students and their families bringing hope for the future. I always set an example in hopes others might ask what brings me such faith and happiness in life.