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Hi I'm Jennifer

I live with a disease called ME/CFS, I'm a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a twenty-something currently living with a disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, which is also known as "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome." I am a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants and love backpacking, whitewater kayaking, and acting. Before I became ill, I was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I hope to return to doing the Lord's work full-time someday.

Why I am a Mormon

My life has not gone as I had planned. I'm frail. I've had to leave a job I loved, friends I loved, and a foreseeably bright future to become completely reliant on my parents and feel physically miserable every day. It's been tempting to lose faith in God when life feels bleak. But through experience, I've learned that I am much happier and better-able to cope with my situation when I'm doing the right things - being obedient, serving others, and constantly seeking to do the Lord's will. One of the greatest things about being a Mormon is that I've been promised by God that I will always have the Holy Spirit with me if I'm doing what's right, and that Spirit has given me miracles I cannot deny. When I need a clear mind for a crunch-time situation, my heavy brain fog is lifted. When I feel depressed or hopeless, I've been calmed and comforted. And when I am confused and need answers or direction in either momentary or long-term situations, very clear and specific instructions come to mind that always end up being the right thing. In one case, this inspiration likely saved my life. These blessings of the Spirit have only come when I am doing the things that I'm taught at church and am sincerely seeking to come unto Christ. So by putting the message of the restored Gospel to the test and seeing how much better it's made my life, I've learned that Mormonism is good. And as I've prayed to know whether various teachings are true, that same Spirit has time and time again given me a witness that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is, in fact, true.

How I live my faith

It all begins with the "small and simple things" - studying, pondering, and applying the word of God throughout the day; praying earnestly and frequently; and constantly working to become more like Christ each day. I suffer from a condition that limits the energy I can expend physically and mentally, so it's often hard to live my faith to bless others. Still, God constantly blesses me with opportunities to do small acts of Christ-like service. I try to spend time every day doing genealogy, which enables church members to do saving work for their deceased ancestors. I like write encouraging letters to full-time missionaries and bake bread for families in need and neighbors when I'm feeling well. Most of all, I strive to be a caring friend and help others when they come to me with their problems. Heavenly Father always gives me the strength I need to help those He sends to me.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jennifer
The Mormon Church, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the same church that existed while Christ was on the earth. Jesus founded it in his day and called apostles to preach and administer unto His people. After Christ's crucifixion and the subsequent deaths of His disciples, the Gospel began to become distorted. People began to twist it to fit their lifestyles. Others simply interpreted the word incorrectly. Over hundreds of years, Christ's gospel had become so changed that there was an inherent need for a restoration of His truth. In the early 1800's, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared in the flesh to a young Joseph Smith, who eagerly desired to know where the truth lay. Through divine calling and inspiration, Joseph Smith was the instrument by which God put His church and His truth back on the earth. Christ is the founder. We worship Him, and the church is called by His name. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jennifer
Of course not! Jesus taught, blessed, and served EVERYBODY He came in contact with, and we strive to do the same. I have enjoyed participating in Mormon Helping Hands projects, in which we do community service or respond to natural disasters. We believe in comforting all those in need of comfort, whether they're a member of our church or not. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Jennifer
This is something I am very passionate about. Firstly, I believe that we as individuals and as a people need to turn our eyes to God and seek His influence in our life. Somebody once said that the study of the Lord's doctrine will change behavior better and faster than a study of behavior will change behavior, and it is so true. We need to focus on Jesus Christ and strive to put our lives in order with him. Secondly, we need to be vocal and spread awareness of how pornography is the new drug of our society. Cigarettes didn't get a negative connotation until people started talking about its negative effects. The same can be true with pornography. I strongly believe that if we share the research that is being done about how pornography affects the brain and that if we love those who are addicted and tell them that there is help, the world's attitude will be changed. There will be more resources to those who have been affected by it. But it has to start with us. It starts with you and me raising our concerned voices. Show more Show less