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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a college graduate, I'm a proud aunt, I'm a convert to the church, I have Bipolar Disorder and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in my local area and tell young high school students my story and journey living with Bipolar Disorder among college students and other people educating them. I have a mental health recovery blog. www.adayinthelifeofbeingbipolar.blogspot.com I enjoy helping people, I enjoy water aerobics, exercising at the beach, hiking, meeting with the sister missionaries, prayer & scripture study, I go to 12 step recovery meetings, collecting seashells on the beach, spending time with my family, playing with my kitty, scrap-booking and going to the movies and out on date night with my husband.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member in Christs church because I have felt the true love of the Savior and the atonement in my life and the Holy Spirit continues to testify to me that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church restored upon the earth today. I struggle with a major mental illness that often affects my moods and my thoughts. This may sound silly but I have gratitude for the suffering because I know that the Lord and Heavenly Father can take my human infirmities and one day make them glorious. One of my favorite scripture passages that talks about what good comes from suffering says, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." (Romans 5:1-5) I know that God has a plan for my life and has a purpose to my suffering. I'm a convert to this church. I still have pain and joy and good times and bad but I have never felt as lost as I once did. My intense Bipolar episodes and the suffering I have endured has given me many things, one is the gift to love others so deeply and to have compassion for others and the ability to humble myself before the Lord. As I know when you can no longer walk, he carries you. I have found this to be true even in the darkest of times being locked up in the psychiatric hospital. I felt the Savior carrying me through. Also it has given the gift of gratitude always being grateful for every minute of stability in my life. Never taking it for granted. Intense times of trials has helped me grow in many ways and has brought me closer to the Savior.

How I live my faith

I participate in our church ward by attending my Sunday meetings and learning more about Heavenly Father's plan and learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I fellowship with other church members in the ward and always try to live Gods commandments. I am my wards communication specialist and regularly social network online via our ward Facebook page and other email sources. I enjoy using my computer technology talents as part of my calling in the church and helping others in need in our community. I am also a ward missionary and am really excited when I get the opportunity to teach investigators and new members of the church with the sister missionaries. I am proud and love sharing the love and truth of Heavenly Father's eternal plan for man. I pray everyday and every night before I go to bed thanking Heavenly Father for the blessings I have been given and ask for the things that I need. I have a mental illness that sometimes make it more challenging to read and understand the scriptures and makes my mind unclear sometimes but with my husbands help we are able to enjoy the blessings of the scriptures and the words of the church leaders together.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are special buildings dedicated to the Lord. Worthy church members may go there to receive sacred ordinances and make covenants with God., Like Baptism, these ordinances and covenants are necessary for our salvation. They must be performed in the temples of the Lord. We also go to the Temple to learn more about Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. We gain a better understanding of the purpose of our life and the relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus. We are taught about pre-mortal existence, the meaning of earth life and life after death. Temples are also used to "seal" or bond families together forever. Marriage in a temple joins a man and a woman as husband and wife eternally if they honor their covenants. Baptisms for deceased ancestors are performed in the temples for family members who have passed on who did not have the opportunity to hear the gospel in this life. Show more Show less