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Hi I'm Jenny

I'm a Mormon in the south, a mother to six children, and a published author.

About Me

People ask me all the time how I ever find time to write. Surely it can't be possible to have six kids, and also write books. But writing for me feels a little like breathing. I can't really stop, so I find the time, even when it feels impossible. That doesn't mean it's always easy. Sometimes it means really late nights, or really early mornings. And sometimes weeks go by when I simply can't make the writing happen. But I try and roll with it. With six kids, I hardly have a choice. Having six kids . . . it's the hardest thing I've ever done. It's so much work, and so much continual motion, the feeding, the clothing, the constant caring. But at the end of the day, I can't think of anything else I would rather do. I remember when I found out my first book was going to be published, my kids heard the news first. They cheered and danced and were so genuinely happy for me, and I realized how amazing it was to have these little people in my life, that loved me so completely, and felt happy just because I was happy. You can't buy that. Truly, family joy is the very best kind of happiness. What else? I'm a true southern girl. I've lived in North Carolina my entire life and think it's pretty much the best place on earth. The mountains here are beautiful and I love to hike with my husband and children and spend lots of time outside. To be with my family, in the mountains . . . you can't make me much happier than that.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon my entire life. I'm so grateful to my parents, who were converts to the LDS church for their efforts to teach me the fullness of the Gospel, to share with me their knowledge of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It defined my childhood and taught me how to find true happiness. That is why I am Mormon - because it gives my life purpose, it helps me to be happy, and to have a happy family. I am Mormon because the Mormon faith provides such a clear understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It is through the Gospel that I feel close to my Savior.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church each week, by serving in my branch, but more than that, I try to live it at home, as a mother and as a wife. I try and teach my children that every moment, in all that we do, we must be kind. We must treat everyone as the Savior would treat us, with love and generosity, without judgement. When I say my prayers, I pray that the Lord will use me as an instrument in His hands, that he will lead me to those that are in need. Sometimes, most of the time, those that are in need are my own children. It's important to remember that mothering is a beautiful act of service in itself and is so very important. I'm grateful for this knowledge, and grateful that my Heavenly Father gives me strength and patience to mother with a full and happy heart.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jenny
No. I didn't serve a mission. Mormons are not "required" to do anything. We make choices to live a certain way, and in some cases to serve a mission. Young men are encouraged to serve. My husband did, and I hope my sons will as well. It's a remarkable experience that builds and defines character, strengthens faith and accomplishes the work of God. It sounds like an opportunity that should be embraced, don't you think? I hope, when my children are grown, that my husband and I will have the opportunity to serve a mission together. I can't think of any better way to spend my retirement. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jenny
The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is a book detailing the history of a people that lived across the sea from Jerusalem in North and South America. These people were led by prophets, and were taught about Jesus Christ just as those living in Jerusalem were. The Book of Mormon does not detract from or replace the Bible. It stands beside the Bible as additional scripture that bears witness to the divinity of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less