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Hi I'm Jen .

I'm a PhD student. I'm a soccer mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 Recently, my husband and I decided to uproot our family from the Chicago area so that I could go back to school. I am enjoying the challenge and the opportunity to develop my talents, but I am conscious that my family comes first. For example, I make the "swing shift" a priority and arrange my schedule so that I am home in the afternoons, supervising homework, hearing about how the day went and arranging playdates and soccer schedules. Sometimes that means studying early in the morning or late at night. Balancing it all is never easy and I definitely have moments when I feel like pulling my hair out, but we find working together to support each other makes life rich and rewarding.

Why I am a Mormon

On some level I feel the need to give back because my life could have been so different. My parents were teenagers when I was born. They joined the church when I was just two-years-old. And so much of what is good in my life comes from the teachings of the gospel that my parents embraced and the support, love and mentoring of people in the church. But ultimately, it's much more than that. This faith grounds me, nurtures a deep, profound relationship with God. I find inspiration and comfort in scripture and teachings of the gospel. Knowing that we are all children of God gives me hope for humanity. Not only do I see us linked in all of our diversity, pain and joy, but I know when we turn to our Savior He is there for each one of us personally.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith on multiple levels. I find that I need personal time to spiritually refuel, and I also feel the importance of sharing spiritual experiences with my family in our daily prayer and weekly family nights. Beyond that though, community sharing and service is an important part of living my faith. Lately, I've had the opportunity to coordinate activities and meetings for our women's group and visit new mothers and those who have just moved in. I find strength and sisterhood in this network of caring women.