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Hi I'm Jen A.

I'm a Recruiter & HR Generalist plus a volunteer in community programs. I love my husband and our 6 kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the wife of my college sweetheart for 25 years and we have 6 busy kids. I'm a Recruiter and HR Generalist for a medium-sized petroleum company that covers 6 states. If I'm not at work or with my family, I spend a lot of free time as a community volunteer for interfaith ministries and other local employment organizations that focus on impoverished individuals, veterans, and especially women. My husband and I coach two youth soccer teams, which we began because we didn't want our kids to play on Sundays. Sometimes it's hard being known at "the people who don't play on Sundays" but we've found out those criticizing secretly wish they could spend family time on Sundays as well. We love seeing the kids from our community playing together and enjoying the opportunity to teach good sportsmanship. In my downtime you can usually find me on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn), online recruiting websites, and genealogy research sites (FamilySearch, Ancestry). I have a need to feel connected with others, to support them, and share common interests in just being good human beings. I truly enjoy understanding others differences and collaborating on what synergy can do for a community. I am an avid reader of business books, websites, and magazines but love listening to my podcasts and techno music. My teenagers get a big kick out of my music and I often find my iPhone turned on in the kitchen during an impromptu dance. Oh, and I love chocolate and Dr. Pepper!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church with a father who converted at age 16 and a mother whose parents converted before they were married. Even though it was the only church I consistently attended, I did go with friends to other churches to experience their religions. I always found it interesting that I, although I felt a spirit of peace periodically during their services, this spirit seemed fleeting and never consistent. The peaceful feeling would come only when talking about Jesus Christ and specifically when discussing His atonement and resurrection. My testimony was existent but not strong. In fact, it wasn't solid until I was engaged to my husband and I felt the need to find out more about my religion. I spent 6 months reading the Book of Mormon every day and accepted the promise that, if I prayed sincerely, I would have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I can still remember the feeling I had when I prayed more than 25 years ago and the peaceful feeling that came. I have never felt that peaceful feeling anywhere other than in the temple. I am grateful for my temple marriage and the sealing of our children to us. My husband and I have focused on our desire to be married forever and to always have our children with us. This focus has helped keep our marriage together and deal with difficult teenage years. I cannot imagine ever being without my husband and our children. I admit the story of Joseph Smith being visited by Heavenly Father, Jesus, and angels is difficult to believe and something I struggled with for years. However, I know that the Book of Mormon is true - without Joseph Smith being given power to translate, there would be no Book of Mormon, there would be no Church, there would be no temples, and there would be no living prophet on the earth today. All of these truths are connected and, without one, they all fall. They are all true. I encourage you to read the Book of Mormon and pray to feel the same peaceful feeling.

How I live my faith

In my Stake, my calling is as the Stake Employment Specialist, a Family History teacher, and a Visiting Teacher. The fact we do not play soccer on Sundays truly helps our family have time to go to church. Many times our family will attend another ward's or branch's service as my husband is in the High Council and has been asked to speak or teach others. Sometimes I feel like a stranger in our ward since we rarely attend our ward more than twice a month! I love attending the branches in our stake. The attendance is usually small, around 20-30 people, so our large family can make a big difference in the numbers. They are always welcoming and happy to see us.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Jen A.
Mormon women are like most women. We're chaste, modest, intelligent, educated, fun-loving, and enjoy life in general. Most people are surprised when they find out I'm Mormon as they expect all Mormon women to be in long dresses, unable to speak for themselves, tied to the home with apron strings, and completely subservient to all men. Sadly, this portrayal of Mormon women is far from the truth. Mormons do believe in equality of men and women. However, with our equality, we have been given different roles due to our gender. I am grateful for my husband who holds the Priesthood and for his willingness to support me in my role as his wife and mother of his children. In fact, he often tells others I am the boss when a scheduling final decision is to be made. Together, we work to provide for our family and raise them to be educated and productive citizens in our community. Without him I believe our family and community would not be as successful. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Jen A.
Absolutely! All families can be together IF sealed together by the proper Priesthood authority. My husband and I were sealed 22 years ago and have all 7 of our children sealed to us. One of our children has died and I am so grateful I will be able to see and hold my son once again. It wouldn't surprise me if both of my deceased grandmothers and my deceased great-grandmother who helped raise me are with my son. One day I will have the opportunity to not only see them all but be with them again. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Jen A.
Anyone can attend a church meeting no matter where they are in their spiritual walk. It's not unusual for someone who is wandering down the street to stop by and attend. Everyone is welcome to come to church! It's a place for fellowship, learning basic Gospel truths, and serve others. However, only members of the Church who are worthy and have received a temple recommend are able to attend the temple. It's like higher education: you need to pass your grades and exams to prove your understanding before you can learn more. We can't learn a more difficult math theory if we don't understand how to complete an addition or subtraction problem. I've heard some complain they cannot attend because they are not worthy of a temple recommend but are not willing to go through the necessary steps to show their worthiness. They complain the temple is full of secrets. Actually, the temple is sacred and I wish they knew on what they were missing. All are invited to work towards their worthiness. How wonderful would it be if we were able to see our friends, neighbors, and community members worshiping in our temples! Show more Show less