Hi I'm Jen
I was born and raised in Canada. I have been a member of the church all of my life, but both my parents are converts to the church. Meaning that they both joined the church later in life. I love to travel and have backpacked through Europe, and spent a few months living in China. I love learning and being in places of different cultures. I love to spend my free time reading a good book.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I have felt the spirit confirm to me that it is true. I was born into the church but that does not mean you automatically believe in everything. We all have to "experiment" on it for ourselves. I decided to experiment on it one of the times i was travelling. I was in China, a lot had been going on of course, and for a little bit of time i had become very sick. So i couldn't go and do everything I wanted to do at the time. I don't speak a bit of chinese, and on most days the only thing i could get out was "hello" or "thank you" in chinese. So after awhile of being there I came to feel a bit lonely that other than my best friend who i was with I couldn't communicate with anyone else. Add to that being sick all the time I was completely miserable and alone. Finally one night a thought came to my mind pull out your book of mormon and read it. My thought automatically was "yeah right" I'd only brought that book with me because my mother had asked me to, there was no way i was actually going to read it. But again the prompting came read the scriptures. FInally after fighting the feeling i pulled the scriptures out from the bottom of my back pack. I opened up and began to read from where i had last left off. Almost immediately i felt a warmth that i had not felt for a while, and shortly after that i got on my knees and thanked my Heavenly Father for that peace. I knew right away that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Another testament of Jesus Christ and I knew then that i was not alone, that my Heavenly Father and my Saviour were both there with me giving me strength. Nothing else can imitate that feeling, so I knew at that moment that the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints really was God's church restored to the earth.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
We believe that families are forever. So what would that mean for those who have passed on before us. Family history is how we connect our families living today and in the past. Families are meant to be together so everyone deserves an equal opportunity to hear and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly father loves us so he has given us the ability to choose for ourselves. That is what our ancestors are able to do, and here on earth is how we are able to connect the dots of our families and then also help them be connected with there families. We believe families are forever so that applies to everyone that is both on the earth now and those who have gone before us.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by living what I believe. My faith is an every day thing not just once a week, so I live it by doing my best to serve others, doing the best I can in everything that is asked of me. In the church we recieve something called a "calling" no one is paid to do anything, everything we do is based on our willingness to volunteer. Basically we serve because we love God, and to me that means doing what I can to serve others and just living my life how I know my Saviour would expect me to. I also had the opportunity to serve a full time mission in Nebraska Omaha, where i was able to share the gospel with other people.