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Hi I'm Joy

My daughter-in-laws say that I am the busiest unemployed person they have ever known--I love to volunteer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the wife of an amazing man and the mother of four boys. I have delighted in finally getting my girls through daughter-in-laws and granddaughters. I am the grandma to 10 of the most amazing children in the world. I love outdoor activities that include hiking, camping, biking, swimming and other water sports. I am an avid reader and I love to write poetry and short stories. I have edited and contributed to several published books. I also love to quilt as a creative and visual means to express myself. I sing in the ward choir. I am a proponent of self-reliance and family emergency preparedness.

Why I am a Mormon

I find that being a Mormon fulfills my intrinsic needs in so many ways; I yearn for a better world where we all just get along. Serving in the Church has given me great opportunities to explore different aspects of religion and to put them to work in my everyday life. It gives me an avenue to interact with other people who are trying to become better just like I am. It is a great networking place. Each Sunday when I go to church and partake of the sacrament, I realize what a great uplift I get just from associating with people who are trying to become more like the Savior and who are actively plotting their course in life to lead back to Him. That said and done, I am a Mormon because the Spirit of God has born testimony to me that the precepts and principles taught in the Church are true; that the Book of Mormon is true and given to us by God to clarify and purify the doctrines set forth in the Bible and to testify that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World; that the prophet of the Church is called of God to lead and guide the people of the world according to the will of God; that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World and that His Church has been restored upon the earth. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and am so grateful to Him for all He has done for me. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I don't believe in being bored. There are so many great opportunities around us all the time. I have volunteered with the Cub Scouts of America as a den mom and am currently a Boy Scouts of America merit badge counselor for Family Life, Genealogy, and Pets. I volunteer a morning a week with the Family History Center, and work 10-20 hours a month with the local Police Department as a fingerprinter and public relations representative. I am the secretary for our church's young women's group of about 200 young women. I have attended and participated in girl's summer camps for the last 40 years missing only a few years here and there. I am also a visiting teacher for our church and love the chance to make friends with people that I might never get to know otherwise. There are some amazing people out there who may not walk in our cirles but totally enrich our lives when we connect.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Serving a mission in the Church is totally a personal decision, although it is encouraged by the leadersip in the Church. Young men have a mandate to serve while young women and senior couples are invited to serve as they feel inspired. My husband and I are currently preparing to serve a mission. Many of our friends have not made that same choice. Two of my sons served missions, two did not. Most that do have marvelous, life-changing although challenging experiences. I have looked forward my whole life to serving a mission with my husband and deem it an honor and a privelge to represent the Church and my Savior to the world. Show more Show less