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Hi I'm Jill Jenkins

I am a 63-year-old mom with a PhD. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 9 children. We have traveled all over the world with Brigham Young University Travel Study as Tour Directors to the Middle East, completing research in Damascus, Syria and Uganda, Africa. We have lived all over the U.S. and we are now on a fulltime mission for the LDS Church in New York helping with the religous programs for high school youth and young single adults ages 18-30. My husband was a religious educator and is retired. We feel very blessed to be able to serve missions because this has been our goal for retirement as long as we can remember, and we now have the money to go. Missionaries in the LDS Church pay their own way on missions. 

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at 8 years old. All my ancesotrs back 4 generations were members of the church. Most members can relate a conversion story, even those who were baptized at 8, but I have always known the church was true, even from my earliest rememberings. I remember sitting in church as a teenager and thinking, "I should question whether this church is true or not." But then that old assurance from the Lord would come that I knew it was true. When I was in high school, I knelt down and asked God if the Book of Mormon was true after I finished reading it, and the thought came clearly to my mind, "You already know it is true." The thought was so distinct and clear that I immediately got up off my knees and did not ask God again if it was true. My testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel has been confirmed over and over as I have studied the scriptures and lived my life in accordance with the commandments of the Lord. 

How I live my faith

Over the years, I have performed many callings and duties in the church from working with small children to boy scouts to adults. I have also been very involved in worthwhile projects in the community. Right now my husband and I are holding free ESL classes and reading classes for refugees and others in our area. I have always tried to take goodies to my neighbors, listen to them, and help in ways that they need. I started the Lawrence Latin American Refugee Committee in Kansas years ago to help political refugees from Guatemala and El Salvador who were being held in jails and tents in Brownsville, TX to get political asylum in Canada. Our committee provided, food, housing, education and transportation to Canada for these refugees through the legal work of the Overground Railroad. This committee had nothing to do with the church, but we just felt the people needed our help and we were able to meet their needs.

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

Jill Jenkins
Wow! What a question that is. Mormon women are as unique as women all over the world. The thing that binds us together is our love of the Savior, our gratefulness for his atonement, our desires to keep the commandments and build the Kingdom of God by serving our fellowmen and women. What can I say? We strive, we fail, we continue to strive, and for our efforts we are cleansed through the grace of Christ and comforted through the Holy Ghost so we can hope to return and live with our Heavenly Father again.  Are we equal to men? We are in God's eyes. He loves women as much as he does men, but he has given us gender and different gifts, that when combined in marriage, provide a complete haven for children to be nurtured.   Show more Show less