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Hi I'm Jenny

I'm a daughter of God, a wife, a mother, & grandmother. I have a testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a young widow that was blessed with a "second chance" at love. Now, a retired public school teacher. My 2nd husband & I love the outdoors - especially white water rafting. We have raised 10 terrific kids - now we are technically empty nesters & are livin' the dream. Life is GOOD!   

Why I am a Mormon

After the tragic death of my brother in high school, I was concerned about life after death. Where was he? Would I see him again? Would he know me? This motivated my search for "the meaning of life." When I met with the missionaries, I learned about the plan of salvation - how I lived before I came to earth & how I can achieve exaltation after this life, the Spirit bore witness to me of the truthfulness of this plan. With the gospel of Jesus Christ, I felt that my life took on a new purpose, rich & full of hope.    

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being active in my church & community. I have been blessed to serve in many areas. I was the children's chorister for many years, helping the children to learn the gospel through music. I loved working with the youth at church, helping them to set goals, embrace good values, & to stand for truth & righteousness. I have also served with the ladies at church, helping plan & organize programs that help the sisters "come unto Christ." We participate in community service & try to lift one another's burdens as we follow our Savior's example. As we are "called" to different positions of service within our ward, we are blessed by helping others to grow in the gospel & live their faith as well. As I serve others, my testimony & faith increases, too.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Both places are sacred to me, but they provide different opportunities for learning & worship. Each Sunday, when I attend church meetings, I am able to "renew" my baptismal covenants when I partake of the sacrament & I am reminded of the promises I made when I was baptized - to follow the example of my Savior in all that I do in this life. I try to go to the temple each month & participate in other essential ordinances. Temple attendance reminds me of the sacred covenants that I have made which helps me stay focussed on the promises of eternal life.   Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tithing is distributed as needed by the general Church administration. We build churches & temples throughout the world to provide the Saints opportunities to participate in sacred ordinances & blessings. These funds are also used to support missionary & humanitarian efforts worldwide.    Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mormonism is the belief system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many of us refer to The Articles of Faith a list of 13 brief statements to explain what we believe in a nutshell, we believe in a Heavenly Father who knows us & loves us - our Savior, Jesus Christ - the Holy Ghost who testifies all truths - the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ & His church - revelation through living prophets - & the Book of Mormon as a 2nd testament of Christ. We strive to live the laws of God & country & follow the Savior's example through righteous living.     Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the power & authority of God. Christ used this priesthood during His ministry on earth & it has been restored through modern day prophets to bless the lives of faithful members today. This priesthood is necessary to properly administer saving ordinances like baptism & temple blessings.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

I think eternal life is what most people refer to as "heaven," that is, to live forever in God's presence. We believe that this is only possible if we are "obedient to the laws & ordinances of the gospel." Because of the gift of the atonement, the Savior made it possible for everyone to receive immortality, to be resurrected & live forever - but the key to exaltation & eternal life is to keep the commandments of God.   Show more Show less