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Hi I'm Jennifer

I am a stay-at-home mom and try to enjoy every minute of it! I am a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy music (composing, playing the piano, singing, sharing it with others), crocheting, cooking, baking, blogging, gardening, spending time with family, teaching my children, and spending time with my husband. I have a Bachelors degree in Family Studies and have been lucky enough to use it home with my own family. I love finding ways to be more organized.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon and have found that the things I learned as a child from my parents, teachings of the church, have brought much peace and happiness into my life. Especially now that I am a mother and a wife, and have gone through difficult circumstances, I have learned through experience that happiness comes from following the Savior Jesus Christ and His teachings, that He can bring peace and healing into my life if I follow Him, and that my life has a meaning a purpose if I choose to follow Him.

How I live my faith

I play the piano for both our ward choir and for the children's singing time in church. I also participate as a facilitator in a family/spouse support group for addiction run by our church.

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?

Jennifer
It is true that women do not hold the priesthood in the Mormon Church. We believe that women and men have different roles. Part of men's role is to hold the priesthood and to provide for their family and protect them. We believe women have a different but equally important role which includes bearing children, teaching, and nurturing children and others and providing service and love to others. I say that women lead in the church by being aware of the needs of others. All women in the church are part of an organization called the Relief Society which brings women together and provides a structured way for women to know of the needs of others whether near to home or far. We do many service projects for people in need. We learn about how to be a better mother, sister, daughter, friend, and wife. We learn how to be more self sufficient and reliant. We learn how to be better parents. As part of the Relief Society we are assigned a few sisters or women to take care of, visit, and nurture. In this way we are not only looking at the whole, but at the one and individual needs. I believe my role as a women and in what I do every day may seem trivial to some or to the world in some ways. I stay home with my children, try to keep my household running smoothly, provide meals for my family, and teach and spend time with my children every day. I do what I can to see the needs of others and am constantly trying to be of more service to others and help them however I can after taking care of the needs of my family. I believe these small things may look insignificant, but every small act of service I do for others, including my family, every time I teach my children something that will help them to be happier, better, people, I am making a big difference in the world. I lead by service in small ways. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Jennifer
We believe that families are the building blocks of society. Being a member of a family helps us as individuals to grow and learn how to be more like Jesus Christ. Relationships within a family can be a true source of happiness and fulfillment and we believe that if we are married and make promises in the temple and keep these promises we can live together as a family even after we die. Life in a family can be difficult but going through these difficulties can help us to learn and grow closer together as a family as we work toward the same goals of having a home where we feel safe and loved and doing all we can to help each other be truly happy. Being a wife, mother and sister has taught me many things. I am learning to be more patient, to find balance, to expand my talents, to learn how to better understand my own emotions and help my children to understand their own, to look at the world and adjust my priorities as to what I find truly important and worth my time, to give and serve, to love, to really feel a deep sense of fulfillment in what I am doing in the role I have in my family. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Jennifer
We can stop the spread and influence of pornography by focusing on ourselves and those have influence over, namely our children and family members. We can teach them the evils of pornography, why it is destructive and addictive and how to stay away from questionable sites on the internet. We can be open with them and teach them that it is okay to be open with us if something questionable pops up on the computer. Teach them to turn away and turn it off. Many times I believe curiosity can be a reason for searching out this type of destructive material. To help your children avoid this, be open with them and teach them about sex. Teach them what you believe so they don't have to turn to the world or the internet to find out what everyone else believes. And if you or someone you know stuggles with an addiction to pornography, know that there is a way out. Become a part of a 12-step group in your area if available. There is also a very valuable resource offered by the Mormon Church called combatingpornography.org which offers support, knowledge, resources and insite into what can be done to help those in the addiction and those affected by the addiction. Show more Show less