Hi I'm Jennifer
I'm a student, author, publisher and courteous advocate for religious freedoms. In 2010, I took a life-changing journey to Nauvoo, Illinois, a place with so much church history. Serving in the Nauvoo Pageant was such a blessing. As I reflect, my experience in Nauvoo is inseparably connected to my spiritual and earthly heritage and identity. I'm from Queens, New York. All of my family, heritage and culture stem from New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina. In the 19th Century, after the Revolutionary War, my grandmothers and grandfathers, who were Baptist, lived in the Carolinas (Smart and Chaney Kennedy.) In the 1940's, during the Second Great Migration, my great grandparents were a handful of 6 million who settled in the north and New York City. My grandmother, Queen Esther, a 50-year-old widow with 10 children, had many challenges, but went on to attain her college degree. Similar to Eliza R. Snow, my mother is a poet. I am my mothers' dreams and hopes as they prepared me to receive the Restored Gospel in this era. In the April 2014 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an apostle of the Lord, Elder Eyring, spoke of a "Priceless Heritage of Hope." I am so grateful for the blessing and knowledge of a spiritual and earthly heritage.
Why I am a Mormon
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I know, believe and abide by the precepts found therein.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by praying aloud, but also having a prayer in my heart. I maintain an eternal perspective in order to "walk by faith, not by sight." ( 2 Corinthians 5:7) Heavenly Father's view is from eternity. When I worthily enter the temple, the house of the Lord, it is by grace that I am able to, as Elder Bednar taught, see "things as they really are." (Bednar, 2009)