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Hi I'm Jen

I'm grew up in a small town in Arizona, surrounded by great friends and extended family.

About Me

In my early twenties, I planned on using my abilities on the basketball court to pay for college and then move on to a lucrative career as some sort of professional. (I obviously did not have all the kinks worked out in my plan.) But life took a different path and I ended up serving a full time mission for my Church, studying history and becoming a stay at home mom of four young kids. In additional to being a wife to a Scoutmaster, and mom to young kids, I love to follow politics, I love the outdoors, I love to read, laugh and get lunch with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and my mother's parents were not raised Mormon. They joined the Church after their encounters with their Mormon friends and co-workers. Therefore, I was born into the Mormon faith. Throughout childhood and my teen years, I did not think much about why I was Mormon. It was just what I was and where I went to Church. Despite not thinking much of it, I knew where I belonged each and every Sunday and I was consciously aware of the peace I felt during worship services. Around my 19th birthday, I decided to take my faith a little more seriously. I don't think my feelings are unique within the Mormon experience. I think it was just a part of growing up. For the first time in my life, without needing to be encouraged, I studied, listened, meditated and prayed to truly know if what I had been taught was true. The answer came over time and it was subtle, peaceful and clear. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was indeed true and Joseph Smith was a prophet of the Lord. I've never looked back. I laugh that in some ways, I might be considered a "Born Again" Mormon. Not that I fell away from the Church, but that my membership took on a deeper meaning in my early twenties, than I had ever experienced as a child.

How I live my faith

On a daily basis, I think I do what most of you do or have done. I try to do my best to teach my kids about love, faith, work, honestly and doing their best. I make it a priority to teach about the Savior through scriptures, informal lessons, formal lessons and on a really good day, personal example. I try everyday, to study the word of God both individually and with my family. My husband makes sure our family has prayer every morning and evening. Our Church is a volunteer Church and our areas of responsibility change often. A few months ago, I was asked to serve with the adult women of the Church, planning monthly hands-on seminars. Now I get to have fun teaching Sunday School for 9 and 10 year old kids.