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Hi I'm Jenny

I grew up in Washington. I learned how to ride a bike on my mission. I love Hispanic food! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Washington and I have been a member of the church my whole life. I have awesome parents, two beautiful older sisters, and 2 of the cutest dogs in the world. I love throwing the javelin and running. I participated in Track and Field during my 4 years in high school. I enjoy being outdoors, I feel so confined if I have to be inside for too long! I am fascinated by the ocean. I was going to college studying English Teaching on a secondary level . . . but now I don't know what to do with my life!! I've learned how to put God's will above my own as I have let my Heavenly Father guide me in my life and make me into the person that He needs me to become. I realized that the way I was living my life in the past was not the way that God wanted me to live it. He has given me this opportunity to come to this earth and gain these experiences, but He had something else planned for my life. He had to let everything fall apart and He called me to serve an LDS mission. I have learned more lessons than words can describe during this time and I have learned to become more humble. There is no better place than this to realize that God has His own timing and His own reasons for everything. I have been blessed with the opportunity to watch people change their lives and focus on Christ as I have been made in instrument in God's hands. I have applied the power of Christ's Atonement in my own life and I have been strengthened through these experiences so that I can strengthen others.

Why I am a Mormon

Technically I'm a Mormon because I was born of goodly parents who raised me up in the church. But I haven't always been as committed to my faith. I've had times where I've wavered, doubted my beliefs, and gotten a little side-tracked. But my faith has been strengthened recently as I've taken several education courses. I've been told that a teacher should lead a happy, balanced life so that they can instruct a class to the best of their ability. Who hasn't had a teacher who obviously had personal issues that leaked into their professional life? Those classes usually turn out to be completely miserable for both the teacher and the students. As I observed most of my teachers and noticed the difference between the Mormon and the Non-Mormon teachers, I realized that my Mormon teachers usually seemed to have the most balance in their lives. That's the kind of teacher I strive to be. I want balance in my life so that I can be the best example for my students. That's why I'm Mormon. I find that my life is balanced when I say my daily prayers, read my scriptures, engage in my studies, participate in my institute class, work at my part-time job to get me through school, and fulfill the duties involved with my calling. I know that if we just devote part of our day to the Lord that He will magnify us and allow us to be the best that we can be by serving others.  

How I live my faith

The biggest mistake I ever made throughout college, so far, was to not take an institute class during my first semester. I was so lost and I wasn't doing so well in my classes. But now I make institute a priority. There are so many appealing institute classes, it's amazing!! The instructors have such a spirit about them and their testimonies have really influenced the way that I live my life. I love my ward, there's no doubt about that. I have served as the "birthday recognition girl" of sorts. I make cookies and deliver a birthday card to every girl in our ward who has a birthday. It's such a fun calling, I love it. I am also a "Family Home Evening Mom" in my single's ward. I plan activities every Monday night and encourage everyone in my "family" to attend. This has been such a blessing in my life. It is so nice to have people who I can turn to while I am away from home. These people are like a second family to me, I love them all.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we believe that families can be together forever. If a man and a woman are worthy then they can be sealed for time and all eternity. This ordinance is performed in the temple and requires that both man and woman remain chaste and abstain from alcohol, drugs, and other addictive substances. If they remain worthy throughout their lives, they will have the privilege of being with their families for forever. I am so grateful for this and I know this to be true. I am grateful to my parents for all they have done. I am glad they remained worthy and were sealed in the temple. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to have been born and raised in this family. I'm grateful for my parents and sisters and for the examples they are to me. They have taught me so much and I wouldn't trade all of these experiences for the world. I am so grateful for the chance to have been born in the church, I don't know where I would be without it. Sometimes I wonder how I was so fortunate to have been brought up by such a wonderful family. I'm not saying that my family is perfect, we've had our ups and downs just like any other family. But through it all, we've remained strong and close to each other. We all have our own talents and, as a family unit, we have contributed to each other's growth.   Show more Show less