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Hi I'm Jill

I enjoy motherhood and, being a grandmother and gardening. I live in Orange County, CA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I were married 35 years ago this September in the Los Angeles LDS temple. We raised six children, three boys and three girls - just like the Brady Bunch except that we didn't have an Alice :(. Four of our children are now married. We have six adorable little grandchildren and one on the way!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all of my life but I had to gain my own testimony of the truth of the church just like everyone else. I have always believed in Jesus Christ and knew He was my Savior. However, my testimony that He stands at the head of our church really began when I was fifteen. My father was the Bishop and I wasn't sure that what he said about the church was true so I read the Book of Mormon which is another witness that Jesus is the Christ. I then prayed and asked God in faith if the words written in the Book of Mormon were true. The result was a sweet feeling of assurance that I will never forget. Since then my testimony has grown stronger through the years. I know that this truly is the church of Jesus Christ. It has been restored just as it was anciently. It is the truth in its fullness. There is no other church upon the face of the earth that can compare to this religion. God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ direct this church. I testify that they both live as exalted individuals but one in purpose. I testify that under the direction of our beloved Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ heads this church. He speaks today through His prophets and apostles just as he did when he walked upon the earth. He is interested and concerned for our welfare and being. He is not only a great leader, teacher and example; He is the very Christ who Atoned for our sins. It is only through Him that we can gain the greatest blessings our Heavenly Father has for us. Every one of us needs the Savior Jesus Christ. Knowing Him has brought me infinite joy and peace. I urge anyone who reads this to pray and ask if these things are true. All of us can know for ourselves; we don't have to rely on the testimony of another. God still speaks today and will witness to all of us who are sincere in our quest to know. The price we pay for this knowledge can never be too great. Of this I testify.

How I live my faith

I feel that the best way to live my faith is to practice the principles at home with my family. I also try to treat everyone I meet as if they are a child of God - because they are! Currently, I serve in several callings in our church. I am a visiting teacher which means that I have a special assignment to watch over one or more women. My assignment right now includes five women in our organization. My responsibility is to contact these women at least monthly. I ask them how they are and I seek for ways I can serve them to make their lives easier. My husband serves as second counselor in the California Irvine Mission presidency and we serve together as missionaries sharing the gospel with others. This has brought added joy to our companionship and we are closer than ever before. I also serve in the church as an early morning Seminary teacher to 23 youth in their Sophomore and Freshman years. Each one is a delight to me and I relish getting up early to be with them and teach them the truths of the gospel. Additionally I serve as the Stake Director of Interfaith. I love meeting with the fine men in women of all faiths. We have lots in common and I rejoice in their presence and our united belief that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father. Service in the church brings a depth of joy to my life that I could never know otherwise. I arise each morning excited to be engaged in the greatest work on the earth - that of bringing about good among our Father's children.

What is faith?

Jill
Just like we must move a switch to turn on a light, we must have faith in order to activate the power of God in our lives. Faith is a compelling belief that God can and will fulfill his promises to us. When we have faith, miracles small and large happen in our lives. We are no different from the people in the bible. They had faith and God helped them. We can experience the same blessings today. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Jill
The Relief Society is God's divinely inspired organization for women. As members of the Relief Society we seek to provide both spiritual and temporal relief in our family, our church and community. Our motto is, "Charity Never Faileth." As a member of the Relief Society I enjoy a fulfilling relationship with other women as we serve together and strive to make the world a better place. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jill
In the Mormon Church the priesthood, which is the ability for a worthy man to act for God, is conferred upon righteous men. This does not make them superior because women have their role as well. We have the ability to bear children - to bring precious sons and daughters into the world. Both roles are vital in God's plan for us and life is so much more peaceful if we embrace the roles we were created for. Women lead in marvelous ways in the church. Sometime ago a woman not of our faith said to me, "You Mormon women are so oppressed." I was stunned that she would say this to me because I feel completely liberated both at home and in the church. I calmly assured her that I am absolutely equal to my husband - we simply serve the Lord in different capacities. In my current assignment I serve as a leader in the women's organization called the Relief Society. The leading brethren ask for my opinions and listen to the answers I give. At times I share the pulpit with them as they speak to large congregations. Since I have begun serving in this assignment I have tried to organize a council of multi-faith women leaders in our community. It has been very difficult to organize because there are few other churches that have appointed women leaders like myself. I am confident and assured in my role as a woman leader in the Mormon church. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jill
We are absolutely Christians! We believe in Jesus Christ and He stands as the head of our church which is why the official name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the same Christ of the New Testament who walked with Peter, James and John. He is the same Christ who healed the sick, gave sight to the blind and gave his life for us all. We believe that he will yet come again to restore peace to a troubled world. Show more Show less