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Hi I'm Jennifer

I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah but have lived from coast to coast in the United States. I love to travel!! I like to make people laugh and help them see the good things in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon and have had many conversion experiences throughout my life. I hope to have many more! One of the more powerful experiences came after college when I was living on my own for the first time outside of Utah and away from my family. Being in Boston at the time, I stood out from the crowd because I was a Mormon. I was different from those I worked with, and they could tell I had something special. I finally realized the many incredible blessings in my life that I gained from being a Mormon. I remember staring at a picture of Jesus Christ and being filled with an overwhelming gratitude for all he has done for me. I commited right then to dedicate the next year and a half of my life to serving him and helping others come to know him better by serving a mission for the church. I thought that would be one way to pay him back for all he had given me. Turns out that while on my mission he continued to give me more and more. I am still striving to pay him back and honor what he has given to me.

How I live my faith

As a marriage and family therapist working in Utah, many of my clients are also Mormons. As my Mormon clients feel comfortable, and when it is appropriate, we will turn to our belief in Christ and his teachings to help us better understand and move forward through therapy. Because we share the same beliefs, we get to use the gospel of Jesus Christ to fill in the gaps where the traditional therapeutic techniqes might fall short. It's so helpful to be able to incorporate your faith in Christ into making important life decisions, repairing family relationships, and healing emotional wounds.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Jennifer
Husbands and wives should work together to provide a solid foundation for themselves as individuals and as the beginning of an eternal family unit. Communication, love, and serving together is key. Support comes mainly through encouraging each other to fulfill their shared goals, and setting the best example for your partner to follow. You cannot change the other person, but leading by your own great example provides the best influence for them to do well too. Whatever specific roles you decide on, make sure you are in agreement and that your expectations of how those roles are to be fulfilled are made clear to each other. Check in periodically with each other as to how you are fulfilling your own role and then ask your spouse to give you some feedback to validate the efforts you are currently making, as well as offering areas for improvement. I often tell couples to practice the missionary technique of having regular companionship inventory together. At least once a month sit down together and answer the following questions: 1)how well did we accomplish our goals for this month -- individually and as a family? 2)what did we do well? 3)what could we have done better? 4)what are our goals for the coming month? 5)what resources/skills/talents will help us reach those goals Show more Show less