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Hi I'm Joy

I am African American yes, black Mormons do exist, a single mother of five. And I am Mormon!

About Me

I am a self-employed Learning Management Administrator (IT Professional). I am a single mother of five (5) children. My oldest and her husband were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple in 2005.

Why I am a Mormon

Over 20 years ago missionaries came to our home. My mother & brother were members so we knew about the church. After being baptized in Nov '92, the next few months became challenging as we would go to church and listen to the lessons and try to fit in, but while my husband had issues with being the only African Americans in the congregation, I had my own inadequacies with the women in the ward, and so it became easy for me to agree to become inactive. I read my Patriarchal Blessing and other uplifting books about the church for years as I awaited another opportunity to be an active member. In '96 my husband announced that we would be returning to church. Years later we divorced and I moved to Arizona where I had to stand on my own and search for my own testimony. April '03, I finally received my endowment in the Mesa Arizona Temple. I had waited 11 yrs to finally get to the temple. I attended the temple every day for months to make up for lost years. Through all of this and more, my desire to follow the Savior continued to grow. The children and I moved several times as we followed the promptings of the Spirit and went where we were lead. In each ward I received the callings I needed to continue to mold and strengthen me. In '08, I was given one of the biggest tests of faith when I lost my job and couldn't find another on the west coast. There was a job in Atlanta, but I didn’t want to return. I didn’t want to leave my family that I had gotten to know so well over the past few years. I held out for several months and nearly depleted all of our savings and food storage. I finally accepted Heavenly Fathers challenge to be an instrument in his hands by moving back and assisting with the work to be done. I felt I had come full circle. I had joined the church in Atlanta and left feeling like I could never live up to the appearances I had in my mind of being a member of this church and returned feeling comfortable volunteering in whatever capacity needed.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to be a good Christian. I try to live the way Jesus Christ would want me to live and by following his example and promptings.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No; that is the simple and complete answer to this question. Every "faithful, worthy" male member of the Church may receive the priesthood. Show more Show less