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Hi I'm Jinny.

I am a stay home mom with two awesome little boys. I love learning, and enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a small farm in Northern California, the oldest of seven kids. I graduated with a Sociology degree and a critical thinking minor from BYU, and then married a boy from my home town. I worked as an administrative assistant at UC Berkeley while he finished his degree there, and then started a graphic and web design company to help support our family while he completed a second degree at CSU Chico. When he finished school we moved to China Lake, a military base in the beautiful high desert of Southern California, and I became a full-time mom to our two beautiful baby boys. My husband's career has taken us all over California, we are now back in Northern California, making great friends and wondering at the diverse beauty and adventure of this state. I am involved in the community through non-profits, and the school where my children attend, and have been able to use my degree a lot, outside of a traditional career. I love to read and learn, I love music, theater, debate, and being in front of crowd. I love my family, and I am very grateful to have been able to spend this part of my life focused on them.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up a member of the Mormon church, there definitely came a point in my life where I had find my own way to belief. Growing up I learned all the facts of the gospel, I was always the kids that knew all the answers. But it was never something I really cared about. My hearts was never in it. So by the time I got to high school all of the world's answers to life had taken me far away from what I had been taught. I made a lot of bad choices, contrary to what I had been taught--and I didn't care. My parents didn't know most of what was going on, but what they could see happening to me worried them. They decided to send me to a religious camp at BYU for a week, called EFY, as my 16th birthday present. (I was not excited!) The first night at EFY the counselors challenged us to pray out loud every night, even if it wasn't something we had done before. I was in the tiny dorms, with a stranger for a roommate, and it was easy to find excuses not to take the challenge. I would look out the window and tell myself if they would just let us pray outside, alone, I would try it. On the 4th night of EFY, walking back down to the dorms, my counselor suddenly stopped us and said she felt impressed that all of us needed to go find a private place on the grounds somewhere to pray, and come back when we were done. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. As I knelt and began that prayer, I was overwhelmed with the feeling of God's love--and I knew that He saw me, and knew me, and wanted me to come back to Him. Piece by piece, through similar sacred experiences, I have gained a testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that the Book of Mormon truly is the word of God. I have lived my life both ways now, and I know what we gain in the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is where peace and joy are found.

How I live my faith

I currently teach a religion class for the 12 and 13 year old young women in our congregation. Actually, I have spent most of my time as a teacher for different classes in the church, with a choir director thrown in here and there. I love teaching, because as I have to study the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to teach it, I learn so much--and most importantly I can feel the truth of what He taught and His love for us. I love teaching because I want to share the joy I find from knowing and living His words, I want everyone to have that peace and joy. I get so excited to talk about what I have learned and felt each week. I am also on a committee to help organize monthly events for the women in our congregation, so we can come together as sisters and strengthen and love each other. We plan big dinners, service projects, craft activities, game nights, spiritual nights, and nights to learn new skills. We do all the planning, publicity, scheduling, and carrying out of the different activities. It can be a challenge and a huge time commitment, but we love being able to serve the Lord by serving the sisters we love. I am also a visiting teacher, which means my partner and I are assigned several sisters to care for. We visit them at least once a month, and help them all the time in any way we can. It is very personal ministering, a beautiful way the Lord has asked us to help care for His individual sheep. The most important ways I live my faith are the things I do in my own home. This is where I study His words and communicate with Him through prayer. This is where my family studies and prays together, and where we work hard to teach our boys the gospel. This is where I learn about Our Father's love by loving and serving my children and husband--trying to give them all of myself the way He gave, and gives, us everything.