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Hi I'm Jill

I'm a mom of four boys. I like to make beautiful, delicious and useful things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full-time mom of four boys and wife of a brilliant scientist. I have a BA in English Literature. I love books and reading. I also enjoy writing. I think having a sense of humor about life is important and I love to share funny stories about my crazy life with four boys on my blog. I love life and like to look for ways to cultivate the beauty I see in the world through photography, design, cooking and other creative pursuits. I am especially fond of fresh raspberries, looking at the stars, beautiful music and going to the library. Most of all I love my husband, my boys and my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. It makes me happy to learn about Him and his teachings. As I am faced with challenges in life concerning myself, my family and my relationships with others I find answers through reading the scriptures and praying to my Father in Heaven. I know that He lives and loves me. I feel my Savior's love on a daily basis. I know that he came to earth, lived a perfect life and provided a perfect example for us to follow. He suffered for our sins that we might not suffer if we repent and come unto Him. He died for us and was resurrected. I feel peace and joy when I think about this wonderful gift given freely to each of us. I have always loved nature and as I look at the world around me--stars at night, beautiful flowers and trees, thunder storms and the animals and insects, I am filled with certainty that there is a grand Creator. All these things testify of Him and His love for each of us.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through remembering that my most important job is that of a wife and mother. I love a scripture from The Doctrine and Covenants (a book of LDS scripture) which says "Be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great." Being a mom of four boys can definitely be wearying, but I love the reminder that even those little things like taking the time to read my children a book, doing their laundry or making a nutritious meal for them are actions which are helping them feel loved and secure and are laying the foundation for their future. When I look at my children I am reminded that they have the potential to grow up to be amazing, righteous men who make meaningful contributions to society. It is my responsibility to teach them, nurture them and encourage them. I try to live my faith on a daily basis by following the example of Jesus Christ. I try to make my actions consistent with my beliefs, to be a good neighbor and friend and to remember to be happy. I'm not perfect, but I also live my faith through repenting and trying to become better. At church I serve as the secretary of the women's organization. I also have the opportunity to visit with several women in the congregation monthly to share a gospel message, friendship and fellowship with them. This is a great way for me to feel connected with other women.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

I have been faced with this question in my own life before so I want to clarify a couple of points for those wondering about this. Mormons do NOT worship Joseph Smith. We believe in God and His son, Jesus Christ. We believe in Jesus Christ's atonement and divinity as our Savior and Redeemer. We believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet like Moses or any of the other prophets in the Bible. We believe God chose Joseph Smith as the person to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth in this dispensation of time. Show more Show less