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Hi I'm Jennifer

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently, I am a second year Master of Public Administration student. I completed an undergraduate degree in English education and taught English for two years before going back to school. While teaching English in a severely economically depressed school, my heart broke for all of the problems my students faced outside the classroom. I loved these kids and wanted to become part of the solution--outside of the classroom. With an MPA, I'll have the skills and tools I need to make a difference. When I graduate, I'll be 27 and a single professional. The world is mine to change--and while I am making that change, I hope I'll be able to find that special someone and start a family. My current family members are my best friends and I would rather hang out with them than anyone else! We love to spend time together doing anything-- dinner, hanging out, celebrating our successes, or mourning our failures together. While I have yet to cross any major oceans, It's a dream I'm actively pursuing. Recently I became scuba-dive certified. I love to make hand-made cards, bake, read, and watch movies. I adore following current events.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have prayed about the Book of Mormon and I felt that it was true. That meant that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet, called of God. It meant that the Priesthood, the power to act in the name of God, was indeed on the earth. It meant that Christ again established his church on the earth through Joseph Smith. I felt the same spirit tell me that the bible is true, that Thomas Monson is a prophet of God on the earth today, that God loves me, and that families can be together eternally. I had friends wonder how I could believe in a church that spoke of Angels and records kept on golden plates. I believe in the bible, and in the the miraculous story of Christ's birth where an Angel appears to Mary. God doesn't change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. If he sent Angels to proclaim Christ's birth, would he not also send Angels to proclaim the restoration of His church? He would. I know that Jesus Christ lives, that he is my savior and redeemer. I know that through his atoning sacrifice, I can repent and be made clean. I know that through the priesthood power on the earth, I can be sealed together with my family for eternity. I am so grateful for the Gospel in my life.

How I live my faith

I love to be involved in the community--whether it's participating in the Food Bank's spring cleaning where we help get Senior Citizen's yards ready for spring, or the United Way's day of caring, or even simple service projects organized through the church like raking leaves or planting flowers. In church I help organize activities for all the women so that we can get together, find strength from each other, and laugh at life together. Our latest activity was a gratitude dinner in honor of Thanksgiving. We grew closer together as we shared what we were grateful for. I live my faith by trying to be a good person. I try to think about who might be having a hard day. If I've made a big dinner, then I like to put together a plate and take it to a neighbor who might be going through a hard time. I try to leave places better than I found them and look for the good in other people. I try to avoid gossip or speaking negatively about others. I'm only human. I try to do all these things and some days I fail miserably! But that is living my faith too. It's about having hope that every day is a new opportunity to grow and learn and serve. It's about having faith that because God loves me, I can love others. It's about having the courage to fail--multiple times daily--and being willing to try again. It's about knowing that I can do all things through Christ.