Hi I'm Jenne
I'm a women's rights activist, a feminist, a stay at home mother and student of midwifery. I'm a Mormon.
I grew up attending the Unitarian Universalist church. I took the UU church's teaching regarding each person's responsibility to be on "an individual search for truth and meaning" seriously. I studied world religions, attended different churches and was open to learning whatever I could about whichever religious organization I came into contact with. When I was introduced to the LDS church, I gave it the same chance. I was baptized in the LDS church my senior year of high school. In college, I met and married my husband, and graduated with my bachelors. I went on to get a masters degree. When I graduated with my masters, my 2 year old was on my hip and I was pregnant with my second. I stay home to care for them. I'm enrolled in midwifery school and I blog about childbirth and family policy as women's rights issues.
After years of being atheist and my father's sudden death in a car accident, I started struggling with my belief that there was no afterlife. I wanted more than anything to see my father again and to know that a mortal life wasn't all that there was to existence. At that time, I was blessed to be a member of a youth performing company founded by two LDS women. Many of the youth involved were also LDS. When I started asking about their beliefs regarding the afterlife, I was impressed by the plan of salvation, baptism for the dead and the idea of eternal families. When I prayed the first time to know if God existed, I felt an undeniable rush of the Spirit. I have been guided by that same Spirit many times since then and know that I can receive answers to my prayers and receive confirmation on the truthfulness of things that I learn. Most importantly, through prayer I can learn God's will for me.
My activism for women's rights and families is very much shaped by my faith in the LDS teachings. In college, I studied societal threats to healthy and functional families. As I became a mother, I learned and experienced some of those and others that threatened mothers' well-being and their ability to care for their children. I find encouragement by the LDS church to stand up and work for what I believe is right. I also have a desire to serve mothers and families through my volunteer efforts. I try to be guided by the Holy Spirit in all that I do, so I pray often. I try also to find empathy and understanding for everyone I come in contact with and try to help in whatever ways I can. Because I believe so strongly in the importance of mothers and family, I keep my children and husband my primary focus.