In spite of — and often because of — the adversity in our lives, we can grow in remarkable and unexpected ways. Continue reading Grow where you’re planted, thrive where you grow
A list of 10 ideas young men and women currently preparing to serve missions can focus on. Dustin wrote this list while he was serving as a full-time missionary himself in the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He rediscovered this list in fall 2017 while sorting through and digitizing personal papers from his mission. Continue reading 10 ideas to prepare to serve a mission
A talk Dustin gave in the sacrament meeting of the Pineville Ward, Charlotte North Carolina South Stake, Sunday, 23 July 2000. Continue reading Preparing for a mission
As Latter-day Saints, a lot is expected of us. But, as King Benjamin reminded his people, everything should be “done in wisdom and order.” The Lord doesn’t expect us to “run faster than [we have] strength” — counsel each of us should remember as we prioritize what is most important in our lives. Continue reading ‘To every thing there is a season’
Being a group from the University of Utah, a number of students were Latter-day Saints. They filled me in on where and when church was and how to take the bus to get there. An email from my classmate Sarah instructed: Church Meetings Sunday: 10h00-13h00 70 rue de Chinon Joué-lès-Tours meet at the Place Jean Jaures at 9h15 to take the bus n°3 bound for … Continue reading Going to church in Tours
We don’t need to wait — indeed, we shouldn’t wait — until a new year to make needed changes in our lives. Continue reading ‘By the patience of hope and the labor of love’
All we had to go on was a name, a street, and a postal code. But sometimes when things seem like they’re not working out, that’s exactly how they’re supposed to work out. Continue reading My favorite mission story
As we ponder the questions of whom and how to honor, our varied answers should lead us through the principles of respect, affection, and forgiveness to charity, or the pure love of Christ. Continue reading To hono(u)r
I normally don’t feel the need to speak out about statements issued by my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But that statement on Monday, 27 July 2015, about the Boy Scouts of America’s policy change? I’m sorry, but it was just stupid. Continue reading Mormons and Scouting: It comes down to this?
A transcript and audio recording of Colin’s naming and blessing. Colin Everett Joyce received his baby blessing from his father, Dustin Tyler Joyce, during the sacrament meeting of the Bushwick 1st Branch on Sunday, 2 February 2014. Continue reading Colin’s baby blessing
Dustin grew to love home teaching as an Aaronic Priesthood holder serving as junior companion to an awesome Melchizedek Priesthood holder. When he was 15, he was asked to speak on home teaching in his stake’s general priesthood meeting. This is his talk. Continue reading What a junior home-teaching companion expects of his senior companion
As Susan and Dustin celebrate five years of marriage, a look inside the House of the Lord where their journey together began, the Manhattan New York Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Continue reading I love to see the temple
Dustin has always had special affection for President Howard W. Hunter, the first president of the Church whose sustaining he remembers. Here Dustin relates stories from President Hunter’s childhood in a talk he gave in sacrament as a youth. Continue reading President Howard W. Hunter
Growing up Mormon means you get early experience with public speaking. Continue reading The seed of testimony
Understanding the priesthood, including its history and organization, is essential to understanding the Restoration of the gospel and the organization and mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The first talk Dustin ever gave in sacrament meeting, in the Charlotte 3rd Ward on 15 May 1994. Continue reading The Aaronic Priesthood