Hi I'm Jennie
I am 6 of 7 children and an Aunt of 21 nieces and nephews. I am 30 years old and never been married. I am a photographer of life events to nature. I love the outdoors! I am studying psychology and wanting to become a life coach. I enjoy drawing, making jewelry, watching movies, reading, writing, being in nature, camping, learning, trying new things, I LOVE food...a little too much, causing my obesity. I have one functioning kidney, high blood pressure, bipolar, depression, anxiety, heart burn, insomnia, headaches...and the list goes on with other medical nuisances I deal with on a daily basis. Life is tough, but worth it!
Why I am a Mormon
Being a Mormon has given me the hope I need in this life. I don't know how people can survive without it. I have struggled with depression, anxiety, OCD...my whole life and have never really enjoyed being here on this earth. Having the hope of a better life after this one has gotten me to where I am today. I now enjoy being here and love life! :) This gospel has given me the perspectives I needed when I was ready for it. This life is still hard but having the knowledge of the gospel has taught me how to work through the hard times and understand why these times are so necessary in our lives. These times do not define who we are but I believe it helps define who we will become. I am so much stronger and am able to understand so much more. This gospel means everything to me...because I know absolute joy will be my reward in the next life. I love having those moments in this life when you can feel that absolute joy. And I am so excited to know we can feel that joy eternally if we believe, follow and live the gospel. But none of this could be possible without the Savior Jesus Christ. His ultimate gift and sacrifice makes eternal life possible. I am forever indebted to my Savior. He knows and understands everything I go through everyday. He is always there and always waiting for me to pray to Heavenly Father for help. Going through many hard times has helped me develop a great relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It was extremely difficult to go through many of my trials but I wouldn't have it any other way because of what I have learned and who I have become. This gospel is worth all of the trials and difficulties we need to face in the life. This earth is part of God's plan, opposition is part of the plan, it is time to embrace the gospel and to never give up on anything we encounter in this life.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
Honestly... if I did not have the knowledge of knowing that a better life was ahead or that there was a continuation of life after this one, I would have committed suicide many years ago. Knowing and understanding what this earth life is about has helped me understand that I need to work through my issues and not give up on them. Having this knowledge has given me more purpose to my life and I am more willing to work harder. This earth life is given to us for a reason and I have learned why suicide is not the answer. It is important to realize that thoughts of death and suicide are things that need to be worked through...we need to ask for help...we cannot get through these thoughts and feelings on our own. You are not alone if you suffer with these pains and sorrows. It is possible that these can get better. It has been 8 years for me to get to where I am at now and I still have things I am working through. Patience is a huge part of this earth life. God does not expect us to change over night. Give ourselves the chance to get better over many years not days. I have realized that this plan really is the Plan of Happiness...it has taken many years to believe and understand this. I am so grateful that I never gave up. God believes in us no matter what we are feeling or experiencing.
How I live my faith
I go to church on Sundays and partake of the Lords Sacrament. I renew my covenants I made each time I take the bread and water. The symbolism is great and I receive strength each week from this. In the church I work on the program detailing the talks, songs, announcements and activities. This program is given out each week at church. It gives the opportunity for others to know when certain activities are coming. I enjoy getting to know others and try to share my smile to those I can.