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Hi I'm Joni Tammy Moriyama Nielson

I'm a Mormon. I am a busy wife & mom. 6 girls & 1 boy. I volunteer at schools, bake, work, sing, sew, do scouts, yoga, glass beads

About Me

I was born in Brigham City, UT in 1961, We didn't have much, but my family were hard workers. My family were converted before I was born. It was different being Japanese/American back then. My family had been through a lot after the bombing in Pearl Harbor. I went to Bear River High School and had great friends, then went to college at Weber State University for a short time. I worked for the LDS Church in Salt Lake as a secretary receptionist for the Temple Department, served a mission in Brazil Sao Paulo North with President and Sister Darwin Christensen. After I returned home from being a missionary, I worked again for the LDS church in the Missionary Depatment. I married another missionary from the Rio De Janiero Mission, he came from Colorado. We were married in the Salt Lake City Temple in October. We now have 7 lovely children 6 girls and 1 boy. My husband has finished his Masters in Business and we have lived in many locations. Utah, Ohio, and now Arizona. As a family we like to go boating, mild camping, riding quads, growing a garden, playing all kinds of sports, doing service and dinner time conversation. We are not perfect but we will give it our all. We have a few pets like 9 chickens, 1 dog who thinks he is a prince. I like to bake, sew quilts, help in my kids classes when I have time. I am the Booster club president for our Junior high. I keep really busy with all my duties in the school as well as in the ward. We are never bored, there is always enough.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was born my family had been members for just a couple of years. I have learned from their sacrifice that they made to join the church. My extened family were not supportive of the choice my parents made to join the church. My sisters friends took her to primary where she developed a love for the gospel and wanted to make a difference. I watched and learned. When I was a senior in high school I decided to make the test. To really see if this indeed was the true church of Jesus Christ. I studied everyday and ready the scriptures without fail. I prayed everyday hoping to recieve an answer. It didn't come right away it took weeks. I feel that I was needing the study time and pondering time. Then one night when I was in bed after my study and prayer. I was listening to music, then a warm, overwhemling feeling enveloped me. I could not move for several minutes. I knew that at this time I was recieving my answer that YES! this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ and that he lives and loves us more than we will ever know. I have had many trails through my life and I know that I could not have lived through them without my testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. I keep working to strengthen my testimony everyday a page at a time. There is peace in the true gospel of our Savior and he knows us and wants us to be happy. Living the gospel gives us hope for the furture and a way to return to a loving Heavenly Father. We believe in God the Eternal Father and in his son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I am a stay at home mom. I do help my husband run his new business. Financially things are tight. We have to work hard to stay above water. There is always too much to do. I work as the Booster Club President for the junior high. I have served on the booster club and the PTO at the same time for several years. I keep up with all my kids activities through the schools. We always have concerts, sports and events to go to. I am currently serving with the Boy Scouts of America, I take care of the records of the boys in our troop from ages 11 years old to 18 years old. We have about 82 boys, I am the Advancement Chairman and I take care of the Board of reviews each month, I organize and prepare the awards for each court of honor. I help with the Eagle Applications and get the boys ready for their final Board of review for their Eagle. I have also been a cub leader for several years. Since I have children in college, high school, jr. high and elementary, I am constantly on the calling list for things like fundraising, asking for donations, or festivals and school carnivals. I volunteer during the summer to help at the BSA headquarters in Phoenix to help with filing and data entry. We are currently trying to help out with uniform donations. I have 2 daughters getting ready for graduation. One from college and the other from High school. We have another daughter that is getting ready to enter into law school. We have one daughter that is married and lives about 25 minutes away. All of our family lives in Utah we are the only ones in Arizona. It has been a learning experience to live away from family but we have been blessed through it all.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Joni Tammy Moriyama Nielson
As long as I can remember family has been important to the world since Adam and Eve. It is not just beginning now. I was taught in my own home that we care for all of our family especially the older ones. I remember visiting my grandmother and help taking her to visit her friends every week. She loved our visits. She only spoke Japanese no English. It was good for me to listen to her. When I went on my mission to Brazil she was very concerned. She was not a member of the church so she was worried that I was too far away without family. But I let her know that Heavenly Father would watch over me and would help me as long as I did what he asked of me. She felt comforted by these words. When I returned home she was so grateful, that I was safe. My mom would read her my letters and she was glad to know that others Japanese people liked our message. Now I have my own family and I try to teach the same princilpes of liviing the gospel keeps us safe from the ways of the world. We enjoy going to church each week and learning new lessons. We enjoy having family dinners together and laugh a lot. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Joni Tammy Moriyama Nielson
The wonderful lessons we learn from Joseph Smith are all connected to the Bible. We love reading about how he was guided to the plates. These are sacred records from ancient people. Who loved their families and wanted freedom, they wanted the same as Noah and Moses and Abraham, to have a family and care for one another. They loved Heavenly Father and wanted to obey his commandments. They taught their people and sometimes they would listen and sometimes they wouldn't. They all bore strong testimony of Jesus Christ and his divine mission on earth. The Book of Mormon tells the same lessons of love of God, love of family, living the gospel and obey the commandments. We know that there were people here in the America's as well as the middle east too. We didn't have cell phones or satellite dishes to communicate so we had to have help with letting people know the one and true God. That is why the Book of Mormon is so important. The words are the same as the prophets from ancient times. They both bear testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, He lives and loves us to the end. We are grateful to Joseph Smith for bringing forth the second testimony of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Joni Tammy Moriyama Nielson
When we serve as missionaries we work hard. I served in Brazil for 18 months. Sisters go for 18 months and Elders go for 2 years. The only way to talk with people about the gospel is to proselyte. There were many areas that the church was so new that not many families knew about the church. We were able to hold small information booths about the church, when we obtained the permits from the city and abided by rules and regulations. There we met several people that were curious and wanted more information about what we believe. It is not always easy for members to get you refferals so the more we walked and talked to people the better. Many times we would teach a lesson just by stopping to talk with someone. The people of Brazil are very humble, sweet people they will invite you in and listen even if they are fixing dinner. I loved my mission and watching the lives of families change by living the gospel. It was a lot of work but well worth it. Who doesn't need some uplifiting words each day? Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Joni Tammy Moriyama Nielson
I come from a family that we are the only members. My ancestors come from Japan. When my fmaily joined the church we worked hard to do what was good and right. Now we have the opportunity to do work for our family that has passed on. I know that since we are the only members there is no one else to do the work but us. I feel a big responsibility for this work. My mom had a dream one night about my grandfather. She was trying to make a difficult desicion but was stuck. Then she heard a voice come from behind her and as she turned there was my gradfather telling her she could make the right choice. She felt more confidence and proceeded forward. Then my grandfather asked her why she had not done his work? She questioned what work. He told her that he had been waiting for her to get his baptism and confirmation done. "I can't move forward with out this sacred ordinance" he told her. Then my mom woke up and went in the office and immediately got to work on getting his baptism done. I know they are all waiting for this wonderful opportunity to be complete. I love my family and want to give them the same blessing I enjoy. Show more Show less