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Hi I'm Jennie

I'm a mother to identical twin girls and their big brother. I'm an educator, a singer, and a food lover. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In addition to being the wife of a busy doctor and the mother of three creative and energetic kids, I recently completed my Ed.M. in the East and then moved to the wild west. I love to write poetry, eat Thai food, and prefer to bike with the kids rather than drive the mini-van. I have worked most of our married life in education, as a teacher or director of schools, doing my best to balance work, family, church, and life. I feel blessed to have a supportive husband as my biggest fan and cheerleader. I love motherhood and I believe life is an adventure, a thrill ride full of new things to learn, people to embrace, and bicycle paths to discover.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ is all about relationships...our relationship with others, with God, and with ourselves. I grew up in a Mormon family that believed in the power of strengthening these relationships in order to make us and the world better, stronger, happier. I was taught to read the scriptures, pray, and build a relationship with my Savior. I'll never forget losing a ring, when I was around nine years old--a very special ring I got in Yellowstone National Park. I couldn't find it anywhere. I looked all over my room, taking each item out of my jewelry box one by one. Then I thought, "I should pray." I had been taught that God hears our prayers, and so I believed and acted. After I prayed, I felt I should check my jewelry box again, and the ring was on top. Many people might explain away this experience as a coincident or an illusion of a young girl. But I knew the feeling, the feeling that God loved me and cared about something so simple...and that prayer was real. Christ was there. I have had so many other experiences since then that have continued to strengthen my belief in Christ, in His gospel, and in the plan He has for us. I am a Mormon because the fruits of the scriptures, the teachings, the organization of service, all have blessed my relationship with God and with others. From the personal moments of peace on my knees to the shared experiences serving in His church, I cherish the teachings, the service, and the opportunities that being a member of Christ's church gives me. I have visited many other churches. I have so many friends of other faiths who are powerful examples to me of love, friendship, and goodness. I don't believe Mormons have a monopoly on goodness. But I do believe Christ established a way for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father, a way that has ALL He wants for us. I believe that this church holds Christ's full gospel and can bless us even more if we follow His teachings.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is more than "belonging" to a church--its about living your life devoted to Christ's work: loving and serving others. That being said, every member has a part to play in the "work." All congregations are led and operated by volunteers who have regular day jobs. Each member has an assignment or a "calling," which can last anywhere from a year to three or four. From teaching young 3-year old children to organizing service activities for the entire congregation, my testimony has grown from the opportunity to serve. I have led the choir, taught Sunday school where we study from the scriptures, and have been a local leader of the women's organization. I can't imagine a church without this expectation of service, as busy and overwhelming as it might be, it's what Christ did: he served. And he asks us to do the same. I think the greatest way I live my faith, beyond the callings in the church, is my calling as a mother and a wife. I find that I seek the guidance for these roles often from the scriptures, from prayer, and from the music and the testimonies I have grown-up hearing. Every morning while we eat breakfast, my children and I sing a church song together, have a prayer, and share a spiritual thought, a scripture story, or just talk about life. Weekly we have a family night where we spend time together, teaching each other gospel principals through lessons or service activities, playing games, and most importantly...having a treat! I admit, it's not always the most reverent and uplifting with young kiddos, but I have seen my children make good choices and I know that these experiences together make a difference. My faith gives life depth and meaning, and as husband and wife, this strengthens us and guides us. We share a commitment to God and to each other. Life is more than just ball games, work, and new restaurants. It's about reaching out beyond ourselves, lifting those around us, and ensuring that our family is together forever.