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Hi I'm Jennifer

About Me

I'm a university adjunct and forensic researcher, married to a professional counselor. We have five children and I work from home, because caring for home and family are my #1 priorities. My father is a Catholic convert to Mormonism and my mother was raised by a "Jack Mormon" (one who was born into the faith but no longer practicing, so they drink, smoke, etc), so my family background is fun and diverse. I have an uncle who is a Baptist minister, a cousin who is a Methodist minister, I have non-Mormon siblings who chose a different path, I have gay cousins and close friends, and during my high school years in New York I made lifelong friendships with people of all beliefs and no beliefs. I LOVE THEM ALL!!! :)

Why I am a Mormon

Because I know that this church is God's church. I prayed and asked Him if this was the church I should be in. He continues to answer that in the affirmative every day!

How I live my faith

~ I work really hard to love everyone; even people who cut me off in traffic, lie to me, or cheat me (including politicians). Because love is the superpower that makes life happier! ~ I try to think of my Savior any time someone is being cruel or hurtful to me. Even the simple act of picturing his face really calms me down and keeps me from stopping to others' levels. ~ I am not perfect; I mess up a lot. But every day I start and end the day on my knees, asking God for forgiveness. That simple act brings me unspeakable peace! ~ I read a lot of scripture. Scriptures bring a calming spirit so powerful that I often liken it to a sedative. The days I don't read my scriptures, I am crankier and a less-effective wife, mother, and professional.

Why don't Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church's law of health and proper diet?

Jennifer
In this age of "living green" and increased focus on natural, organic foods, I'm excited to see the very teachings Mormon's received back in the 1800's are being validated by mainstream scientists and health experts! Yes, God knew what He was doing when He commanded us as a church to avoid addictive substances like tobacco and artificial stimulants. Best of all: God warned Mormons about things like tobacco hundreds of years before all the tobacco companies' "addiction as a business model" strategies were exposed to the world, so I know I can trust in this code of health to keep me safe. The challenge to awaken every morning without coffee or tea is basically the core of a Mormon's "green living" because, rather than relying on chemical stimulants, Mormons seek out the natural energy that our bodies can provide us as a result of healthy living and getting adequate sleep. And Mormon scripture has been commanding us to get adequate rest and avoid artificial stimulants since the 1800's. I'm so grateful to my Father in Heaven for sending us these very helpful commandments, so that we would have the drive to keep our bodies clear of harmful substances. Now, if only He'd command me to stay away from doughnuts . . . . Show more Show less