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Hi I'm Jennifer Chandler

I'm a Mormon, an actress, a cellist, and I'm living my dreams in London.

About Me

I am currently a 27 year old getting an MA in Classical Acting from LAMDA, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. I have already received two degrees, one in theatre education and the other in cello performance degree, but decided that wasn't enough! Sometimes it seems like it is taking forever to finish school, but I absolutely love learning. I also love movies, music, books, and theatre. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life. I can honestly say that it brings peace and happiness to my life.

Why I am a Mormon

To put it quite simply... I am a Mormon because I know that this church is true. As I mentioned before, I grew up in this church, but when I was about 12 or 13, I decided that I really wanted to know for myself if what I had learned about, and what I was doing, was right and true. If it wasn't, I wasn't going to be a part of it. If it was, then I would commit myself completely to living in the way that God asked. I read the entire Book of Mormon, and then I kneeled down and prayed to God. I asked Him if The Book of Mormon was true. . . because I understood that if the Book of Mormon was true then everything else was as well. After I prayed, I just stayed where I was an listened for an answer. I didn't hear anything, but I felt something. It wasn't huge or grand. . . it was just this quiet, peaceful feeling inside. It was a feeling that I knew could only come from God. A while later I was reading Joseph Smith's story, and as I read about a young boy seeing God and Jesus Christ, I felt that same quiet, peaceful feeling. . . only this time, it was a little stronger! That feeling was the Holy Ghost testifying to me, personally, that what I was asking about was true! I have never had one, huge, grand moment in which I knew, without a doubt, that the Church was true. I can't actually pinpoint the day I knew. Instead, I have had thousands of small experiences, like the two I wrote about above, testifying to me that this church is true. And for me, that is enough. In truth, it is more than enough! I know that God lives. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and I know that this is his church. I am a Mormon, and I will always be one . . . because the way that I live brings true happiness.

How I live my faith

Both of my parents are members of the church, so I grew up learning about it and participating. My life has been fairly normal. I grew up, went to school, learned the piano and the cello, graduated from high school, and then went to University. After four years, I decided to put my education on hold and serve mission for the church when I was 22. This meant that for a year and a half I did nothing but teach people about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was absolutely the best thing I have ever done in my life. I got home at the beginning of 2010, and have been going to school ever since. As for my faith, I live it every day. Every day, I have to make decisions. Decisions about what to do, what direction to take my life, how I treat others, and whether or not I will keep the commandments. I am a professional cellist, composer, and actress, and in my field, because of my faith, there are many paths that I have chosen not to take. For example, I don't work on Sundays. This may seem crazy, because in the theatre world, to get a job, often you have to be willing to work on weekends. But, I believe that Sunday is a day of rest. It is a holy day. A day to rejuvenate myself spiritually, physically, and emotionally. It is a day to come closer to God. Because I keep the Sabbath holy, God has been able to bless me in multiple ways. I have been given other opportunities that don't involve working on weekends, I am more alert throughout the week, I progress more quickly in what I'm working on, I have grown closer to God and my family, and have been blessed in so many other ways. That is just one example of how I live my faith. Don't get me wrong, I am not perfect by any means! But, I am trying my best to live in the way that God asks me to. God is my Father. He knows me and wants me to be happy. The commandments (like keeping the Sabbath day holy) are simply things that He knows will lead me to happiness. That is why I live my faith.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jennifer Chandler
The Word of Wisdom is a code of health that Mormons live by. We believe that it came from God through the prophet Joseph Smith. Our bodies were created by God. He understands the workings of our bodies. He understands what is best for them and knows exactly what needs to be done to take care of them and make sure that they have the best chance of lasting for a long time. He wanted us to know this as well, so he gave us the Word of Wisdom. The Word of Wisdom teaches us what things we should put into our bodies and what things we shouldn't--this gives us the best possible chance of being healthy that a person could have! In short, the Word of Wisdom teaches us what is good for our bodies: herbs, grains, wheat, fruits, little meat, etc. A pretty normal diet, if I do say so myself! God has also told us, very specifically, what things are harmful for our bodies. They are alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and any illegal or harmful drug. I have lived by the Word of Wisdom my entire life, and I can testify from experience that it works! I have never been addicted to anything. I have always been healthy. And, best of all, I feel good every day! I know that the Word of Wisdom comes from a loving God, who wants His children to be healthy and happy! Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jennifer Chandler
I can speak from experience on this one. As I mentioned before, I served a mission. I talked to and taught people on the streets, in buses, on trains, in parks, and in homes from ten in the morning to nine at night, every day. I did this for eighteen months. And let me tell you, it was pretty hard, and at times, pretty discouraging as well. I had bricks thrown at me, eggs, and apples. I was yelled at, cursed, and demeaned. But, serving a mission was the best thing I have ever done in my life. It was also the most worthwhile thing I have done in my life. Mormon missionaries proselyte because we are commanded by God to do so. It is in the scriptures again and again. . . "Preach my gospel!" God and Jesus Christ want every person to have the opportunity to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the main reason why missionaries proselyte, but there are many other individual and personal reasons as well. I served a mission because I wanted to serve God. I also wanted everyone to have the happiness that I have found within this church. I wanted share what I have with others, and so I served. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jennifer Chandler
It is true. That is the only reason why this church has grown and why it will continue to grow. Anyone who honestly learns about it, thinks about it, investigates it, and prays about whether or not this church is true, WILL receive an answer from God in the affirmative. Truth is the same for every person, in every culture, in every place. That is why people around the world are becoming members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They have learned for themselves that the teachings within this church are true and from God. Show more Show less