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Hi I'm Jennifer

I'm happy being a Mormon...best decision I've ever made.

About Me

I'm married to my best friend and "mom" to four amazing little kiddos. I grew up as an only child and my first baby was the only baby I'd ever held...so it's been an adventure...a roller-coaster! I enjoy hiking with my family and I'm learning to really enjoy the outdoors. I love to read and I love movies (as you can see, I'm kind of an "indoor" girl). :) Life is simple for me right now and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah and was not a Mormon. I had such adverse feelings for the LDS Church that I wouldn't even consider dating a boy who was Mormon. When I was in my early 20's I met my husband, who happened to be Mormon, but grew up the same religion that I was. We ended up dating and moved away from Utah. I began to support him by going to his church since I wasn't very religious at the time. I had no plans to join his church, but he taught me a little about his beliefs and told me about The Book of Mormon. In all my time in Utah with many LDS friends, I never once had anyone explain what the Book of Mormon was. I believe the Bible to be the word of God, but hadn't read it much. I began to read it and learn more about The Book of Mormon. It made sense to me (both of them), but I still did not want to be a mormon...at all. One night I was reading the Book of Mormon (just opened it randomly) and all I read about was "praying". So, I decided to follow the advice I'd been given and ask in simple prayer if the book I was reading was the word of God, as I believe the bible to be. My husband had taught me to pray and to listen for the answer by paying attention to my thoughts, how I felt, everything...I felt nothing at all. The thought to continue to read, came to mind. So, I opened my eyes and the first 7 words I read were a direct answer to my questions (2 Nephi 32:6...you'll have to read it). With that answer and the thoughts, feelings and experiences I had in the months preceeding this, I knew I would be baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I continue to follow His Gospel today and I know that I have not made a better decision in my life. I have come to know my Savior through prayer and reading my precious scriptures. I have a stronger love for my family and a perspective of my life that not only includes this life, but the one we all eventually get to through death. I know I have a Father in Heaven who loves me dearly and wants nothing more than to see me happy. I know that to be happy, I have to live my life a certain way. I've made choices that are completey opposite than what I learn today and I can honestly say that making the choices to live His commandments has made my life unimaginable happy and bearable. I've had so many problems that I have dealt with better because of the guidance I have through the three most imporant people in this world...the Eternal Father and his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. I have no idea where I'd be without them. :)

How I live my faith

I have the absolutely wonderful opportunity every Sunday to teach 16 and 17 year old girls. They are amazing and I learn from them much more than I teach them. We save Monday nights for our family and it's my favorite time of the week...most of the time. We have four little ones (between 2 and 9) so they don't always participate the way we'd hope they would, but it's always enjoyable. We have gone through one of our roughest years this year, but our family hasn't been stronger and I attribute this to our Family Nights and the way our faith has grown through it.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

We serve. We serve. We serve. Whether it's to help someone move their belongings into their new home, visiting someone to cheer them up, giving up our time to teach in Sunday School, attend church meetings or plan activities. We have a lay clergy, which means that every position in our church is a volunteer position. We love to serve because we try to live as Jesus Christ lived. We love our families and we do all we can to strengthen them, to teach our children correct principles (help others, keep your body healthy, follow God's commandments and live as Jesus did), and to help others do the same. We take care of ourselves by not drinking alcohol, using drugs, smoking or taking in other harmful and addicitve substances. Doing these things help us to be happy...to enjoy this life. We tend to feel the blessings pour down from Heaven when we follow the examples our Father in Heaven has set for us. Show more Show less