To this day, Misty Foxley reserves a special place in her heart for LDSHE, its mission, its work, and the people it serves. She has a firm conviction that LDSHE is inspired and supported by the Savior. It was under her leadership that the organization and its mission and purpose was first defined. Supported by her generous husband Derek, she worked tirelessly for over a decade in key leadership positions, including Chair, President, IT/website development, and the conception and development of the current Audio Library. Her focus has always been to support, inspire, and educate individuals and families, both young and old, through LDSHE conferences and the resource library. Her energy and enthusiasm for homeschooling is genuine, as she does her best to “walk the talk” with her own family.
Misty and Derek homeschooled their own six children for 24 years on four continents. Their children are now grown to adulthood, all having attended colleges and/or universities, several having graduated with undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to this, they are not afraid to pursue and develop their interests in non-traditional ways; both they and their spouses value education as a continuous part of their life’s work. Their children pursue and develop their interests in non-traditional ways, and both they are their spouses value education as a continuing part of their life’s work. They contribute freely to the Church and their local communities. Both of the Foxleys’ sons have served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Foxleys’ grandchildren are now being raised and home-educated by parents who have a beautiful vision of what education can and ought to be.
As a family, the Foxleys have absolutely no regrets for taking the path of home education. It has been a tremendous experience, which they all look back upon with fondness and gratitude for many reasons, not the least of which is that they were able to forge close ties with each other as a family and live the gospel of Jesus Christ more fully and effectively, in ways that they otherwise might not have been able to.
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Col. 2:6-8)
When their first child entered what was probably one of the finest private schools on the planet, Misty and Derek Foxley looked to the future of their children’s education with utmost confidence. But as that experience began to unfold its realities, the Foxleys (being idealists) soon discovered that even a first-class private school is not capable of providing a custom-fit education in terms of the learning environment, educational methods, and content best for each child. The adjustments their child and family had to make to fit the school model were unhealthy, both short- and long-term.
That’s when a critical conversation between them began, full of questions such as: “What is the meaning and purpose of education for His covenant people?” “How can education be sincerely rooted in Jesus Christ and in eternal truths?” “What might education be like in a future Zion, and how much of that ideal can we provide for our children in today’s world culture?” “Will we be creating for our posterity disadvantages if they are educated in non-traditional ways? Or will we be actually giving them great spiritual advantage?” Over thirty years of discussions on these topics will be distilled into one hour, from which you’ll walk away with a new perspective on education.