Hi I'm Jennifer
I'm a university adjunct and forensic researcher, married to a professional counselor. We have five children and I work from home, because caring for home and family are my #1 priorities. My father is a Catholic convert to Mormonism and my mother was raised by a "Jack Mormon" (one who was born into the faith but no longer practicing, so they drink, smoke, etc), so my family background is fun and diverse. I have an uncle who is a Baptist minister, a cousin who is a Methodist minister, I have non-Mormon siblings who chose a different path, I have gay cousins and close friends, and during my high school years in New York I made lifelong friendships with people of all beliefs and no beliefs. I LOVE THEM ALL!!! :)
Why I am a Mormon
Because I know that this church is God's church. I prayed and asked Him if this was the church I should be in. He continues to answer that in the affirmative every day!
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I have no words to answer this. Asking me to put this into words is like asking me to describe the color blue. Words can't do it! One has to actually read the book to understand, because its effect on my life is something I can't even describe. I invite everyone to just read the Book of Mormon and find out for themselves, because until one has read it, one cannot begin to understand why millions of us Mormons are living so well because of one book. How does that even work? I don't know! You read it and maybe you can tell me! :)
How I live my faith
~ I work really hard to love everyone; even people who cut me off in traffic, lie to me, or cheat me (including politicians). Because love is the superpower that makes life happier! ~ I try to think of my Savior any time someone is being cruel or hurtful to me. Even the simple act of picturing his face really calms me down and keeps me from stopping to others' levels. ~ I am not perfect; I mess up a lot. But every day I start and end the day on my knees, asking God for forgiveness. That simple act brings me unspeakable peace! ~ I read a lot of scripture. Scriptures bring a calming spirit so powerful that I often liken it to a sedative. The days I don't read my scriptures, I am crankier and a less-effective wife, mother, and professional.