President Hinckley has given us six Be’s; we have six more for homeschoolers:1. Be wise – smart is good but it’s not enough; you don’t want to become a “clever devil.”2. Be asking – Joseph Smith received many revelations in answer to questions he asked; you want to learn by having worthy mentors.3. Be sheep – Jesus wants you for a sunbeam, then a sheep, then a shepherd, and finally a friend.4. Be quick to obey – “You gonna mind somebody,” the lady said; “let it be Mama or it will be ‘the law’ “.5. Be healthy – The Lord asked you to take good care of your body; be quick to obey.6. Be yourself – Do your own thing – not the “thing” the world tells you, but the “thing” or things you covenanted to do before you came here.


The Kinmonts were one of the first Utah families to homeschool, back in 1975, which brought them lots of media attention including an appearance on the Phil Donahue Show with homeschool author and activist John Holt. For many years Joyce published a print newsletter, The Tender Tutor. In 1990 she founded the LDS Home Educators Association. Joyce also serves as a volunteer family advocate with Utah Families Association, influencing legislation and helping parents who are falsely accused of child abuse. She has served in many church callings, but her favorite calling is Wife/Mom/Grandma (children, spouses, and grandchildren total 51), and her favorite activities are teaching moments, conversations, and family parties such as the Annual Kinmont Family Ball. She sees the family as the solution to all of our worldly problems.

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