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Hi I'm Jill

I'm a wife and mother of four in the Midwest.

About Me

I grew up in Washington state with my parents and three younger sisters. When I was 15, my parents opened a scrapbook store in order to help me and my three younger sisters through college. Over the years I met many wonderful and interesting people there and learned so much. I love people, and studied Anthropology in college. I married my best friend just before my junior year. I graduated 4 months pregnant with our first daughter. She was followed by another daughter nearly two years later. During the same time, my husband graduated with his masters and we moved to the Midwest 6 weeks after our second was born. The Midwest suits our family well. Since we moved, we have added a son and a daughter to our family. I am currently blessed to be able to stay at home with my children. My hobbies include learning, quilting, reading and yoga. I am in the middle of an extremely exhausting phase of life with two girls in school, a 2 and a half year old boy and a baby girl who will soon be one. These last several years have gone by so fast and the next several will go by faster. I'm just trying to hold on tight to my precious family memories and my sanity at the same time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon. I grew up in a faithfully active household. I kept the teachings of the church throughout my youth. God was good to me and I felt his influence and power from time to time. When I left home for college, I encountered more spiritual challenges than I had experienced before. I turned to the Lord for guidance and peace. It was then that my religion became my faith. I learned that God is always faithful. Keeping the teachings of the church really kept me throughout my youth until a point when the gospel of Jesus Christ became more than what I did, but who I am becoming. During the life of Jesus Christ, many walked away from him when his teachings became difficult for them to understand. When he asked Peter if he was going to walk away also, Peter answered, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." There is no other way to be saved except through Jesus Christ. I know that the Living Christ is the head of this church.He has given the authority to act in his name to his chosen leaders, and to extend his salvation to all his children in his way. I love being a Mormon because I know that it pleases Jesus Christ that I am part of his church and living his gospel.

How I live my faith

Christ admonishes his disciples to develop the gift of charity. Charity is the pure love of Christ. Its a love that is more powerful than any other kind of love. It is the same love that motivated the Savior to give his life for each of us. The kind of love that is concerned with individuals, one by one. I strive in every area of my life to touch one person at a time. I gave birth to, nurture, teach and value all four of my children for who they are - each as single individuals. One smile to one stranger lifts one heart. One kind word at the needed time gives another a sense of value. I teach Sunday School at church. I know there are many more qualified to teach, but God has called me by priesthood authority to serve. I know God qualifies all he calls to do His work. I teach many people, but the class is made of individuals. As I prepare and teach those things the Holy Ghost puts into my heart, I trust that the Holy Ghost will also speak to the hearts of the individuals I teach. I know that God lives. I want to lead others to him that they may partake of his abundant love, recognize their potential as children of God, and prepare to return to Him after this life is over. This is the most joyful work imaginable as God multiplies my joy in the joy of brothers and sisters I have led to God.

What is the First Vision?

The Savior organized his Church on the earth during his ministry. He called Prophets and apostles to administer in His church who derived authority for the Lord Himself. Following Christ's death, the leadership of Christ's church passed on to these disciples. As men killed those who had authority to lead Christ's church, and because of unbelief, the authority to administer the church in the name of the Lord passed from the earth. This is known as the great Apostasy, or the falling away mentioned by Paul in 2 Thess. 23 that is to precede the second coming of Christ. Although many continued to administer in Christ's name, they did not have the authority to do so. Without direction directly from the Lord, many churches formed based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. In 1820, a fourteen year old boy wanted to know how   Show more Show less