Hi I'm Jennifer
I recently returned from serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the beautiful country of France. I will shortly start my university studies again, in the area of marriage and family studies. I'm considering becoming a therapist to help with some of the problems families face in the world today. But more than anything else, I want to get married and have my own happy family.
Why I am a Mormon
I have been blessed to be raised as a member of the Church. As I have grown up, I have gained my own knowledge of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of the joy that comes from choosing what is right. Recognizing answers to prayers, tender mercies from the Lord, and promptings from the Holy Ghost strengthen that knowledge and help me to come closer to my Savior and want to become more like Him.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
Mormons believe that family history work is important because it allows us to connect with our ancestors and partake of the legacy they have left for us. It is especially important because family history work allows us to find the names and information about our ancestors that will allow us to perform sacred ordinances for them in the temple. These ordinances allow our deceased loved ones to continually progress in the post-mortal life and make it so our families can be united eternally.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
There are lots of reasons why Mormons may choose to go on missions, but the main reason is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all of God's children. For me, I wanted to serve a mission because I knew it would make me a better person now, and a better wife and mother in the future, and because I spent a lot of time pondering and praying about this decision and, through my thoughts and feelings, received the confirmation from God that serving a mission is what God wanted me to do at this time in my life. But even more important than these reasons, I have been blessed to be raised in a home in which the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the central focus. I know that the Gospel brings me so much joy, peace, comfort, and strength and I want others to have to same blessings that I have received. I strongly believe that every person on this earth deserves the opportunity to learn about the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and then decide whether or not they want to accept and live this Gospel. As a missionary, my purpose was not to convince people that my beliefs were best for them, but to teach them the truth and let the Spirit of God touch their hearts so that they would want to come unto Christ and be blessed and perfected by Him.
How I live my faith
For me, being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not just about going to church on Sunday. It is much more than that. Living my faith is truly a way of life and impacts everything that I do. Among other things, I have daily scripture study and prayer; I listen to the counsel of the leaders of the Church and try to obey what they ask me to do; I strive each day to look for opportunities to help those around me; and I continually try to follow the Holy Ghost and make good decisions that will allow me to return to live with my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ someday. In addition to these things, I put my schooling and social life on hold for the last 18 months so I could serve my Savior Jesus Christ as a representative and missionary for Him. This experience brought me happiness and blessings that I cannot explain!