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Hi I'm Jen!

I'm a knitwear designer, a writer, and mom to two sets of twins. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom of two sets of twins, so life is always exciting at my house! With two boys in high school and two little ones in elementary school, it seems like we're always running! I have a background in marketing writing and editing, but my greatest desire in all my years working was to be a mother. When I was younger, I was told I might never have children, so I was shocked by our enormous fortune when we were expecting our first: two at once! Having a second set was even more astounding, but we are grateful for the ways in which God has blessed our home. It's full of personality! Not long after our older boys were born, I quit working outside the home. During that time, my husband was finishing his degree and working full-time at night. I needed something to do when everyone was sleeping, so I learned to knit. I found a huge outlet for creativity that I never realized I'd been missing! I had been sewing for years, and even worked as a seamstress here and there, but I truly fell in love with the creative process of knitting. In the years since, I've knit dozens of items for my family and learned loads of new knitting skills, but I've found enormous joy in the creativity of designing new patterns for knit garments. I find inspiration in the stories of my ancestors; each of my patterns is based on one of them and the love and connection I feel to them. My greatest hope is that, through my patterns, others will find a connection to their family history, as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the LDS church, but I'm certainly not perfect. None of us is. I've gone through periods when I've tried doing things my own way, making choices I thought might make me happier or feel more free than when I'm doing what I know God wants from me. When I've made choices that take me away from God, I've found I always regret it; I feel less happy, trapped, and confused. Life is so much easier when we have the help of our Savior, Jesus Christ, to shoulder our burdens with us, and I've learned (the hard way!) that our Father in Heaven gives us direction in order to help us be free from unhappiness. I'm so grateful for the love of God, that He knows us personally and what we need, and for the joy we can feel when we follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My faith is ingrained in so much of my everyday life. I find that my approach to things and my attitudes are filled with the hope and joy of knowing how much my Heavenly Father loves me, and all of us. I'm overwhelmed, sometimes, with the beauty of the truths contained in the gospel of Jesus Christ: eternal families, a Savior who atoned for us and made repentance possible, and a Father in Heaven who knows us personally and hears and answers our prayers. Those truths are carried with me each day, as I go about the crazy daily tasks on my list--the dishes, the insane lists of errands, the mountains of laundry--and they make all the difference.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

We're all different. But my experience is that most Mormon women are strong women with strong opinions, many interests, and a good deal of education. We do, absolutely, believe in the equality of men and women. The scriptures speak to this at length, and we are taught so specifically by our leaders. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

That it's an ordinance, and a necessary step for eternal salvation and exaltation. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

The best way is to get your hands on a Book of Mormon. The majority of our beliefs are contained in this book of scripture, which we read in addition to the Bible. Then, a little experiment's involved: if you're willing, pray, exercising some faith that you'll receive an answer, and ask whether the book, and the church, are true. If they are and I believe they are, you'll get that answer. Show more Show less