Hi I'm Jenny
I'm a wife, I have 5 kids, I love my family and I'm a Mormon.
I love to go camping, hiking, biking, exploring, rock climbing, swimming, or playing in the outdoors with my family. When I'm not outside, I love to quilt. I especially love to make quilts with my children's artwork, whether it is drawn on with fabric markers or embroidered on by me. This helps me freeze a moment in time while my children are small.
Why I am a Mormon
My parents are Mormon, so I grew up in the Church. In my teens I began to challenge and question a lot of these beliefs because I didn't want to belong to a church just because my parents did. I read the Bible and I read the Book of Mormon and I prayed. As my relationship with God grew I found I could tell when He was guiding me through my thoughts and feelings. I tried to be cognizant of my feelings so I could recognize God's direction in my life. I found that I too believed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I found the scriptures to be the word of God and I still find that when I immerse myself in them I feel better about myself and I make better choices. Why am I a member today? Because through ordinances like baptism, I have made covenants with God that I take very seriously. God has kept His part with me and I intend to keep my part with Him. I love the Lord, Jesus Christ, and my Father in Heaven. I know they devised a plan for me and my family. I am overwhelmed that Jesus came to earth to die for me to fulfill His part of that plan. His sacrifice for me makes it possible for my family and me to return and live with Him again and with all of my loved ones beyond the veil, and for that I am truly grateful. Why am I a Mormon? In part, because of gratitude. In part, because of love. And in part because of the joy and inner peace I feel from following what I've learned to be the truth.
How I live my faith
My family and I are very committed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We attend church every Sunday, and serve wherever we are needed. I currently play piano for our women's group, and I am the leader of our "activity day girls" who are the ages of 8-11 years old. We meet biweekly and have fun activities that teach the girls new skills and help them to ingrain values into their every day lives. I also try to serve in the community as often as I am able to. I work in my childrens' classes and every year I make a class quilt for each of my childrens' teachers. I participate in service projects in my area, whether it be trash pick ups at the beach, or beautifying a local park. I find that my children also enjoy serving in this capacity, and serving together has helped to strengthen our family. I have found a way to incorporate my love for quilting with serving others. A few years ago, a friend of mine had a child die in a car accident. We were all devastated and sad for her and were unsure how we could ease a bit of her pain. When my friend was deciding what to do with her daughter's clothes, I offered to make a quilt with them. This turned out to be beneficial to both my friend and I. We planned and worked together on the quilt and my friend was able to share stories of her daughter with me. I learned that I could talk to someone with a great loss, and that it was o.k. if she cried. Our talks were healing for my friend and they helped me to be comfortable with these types of conversations. Looking for ways to serve helps me to be happy. I enjoy who I am when I am doing what I can to improve my surroundings. I feel closer to my Savior because I am living like He did when He lived on the earth, and I think that is the best way that I could live my faith.