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Hi I'm Jenn.

I am a wife, mother and teacher. Hablo español. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married mother of four children. I have lived in Missouri my whole life except for study abroad experiences in Mexico and Spain. I am a Spanish instructor by day and a wife/mother/PTA member/cook/maid/drill sergeant by night. I was raised on a farm but I am raising my family in the city. One of the things I love about living in an urban area is the great variety of people and beliefs that surround us. The longer I live in city, the more I see how similar it is to living in a rural community. As much as I value the diversity among the people where I live, I also see how much we have in common. First and foremost, we are children of God!

Why I am a Mormon

I often think of my conversion in terms of the August day that I went to church with the sister missionaries and listened to a talk specifically about the Book of Mormon and felt that whisper of the Holy Ghost in a way I could no longer deny. . .but really, I had been in the process of conversion for some time before that. First, I began to feel dissatisfied with my life as it was. Then I became certain that God was real, though I still wasn't sure if he objected to my partying ways. Then I met the man who introduced me to the missionaries and gradually learned that Mormons are not total freaks and weirdos. Then I met the sister missionaries who gradually, gently taught me line upon line about the truth. For several months, I met with the sister missionaries and learned about the church. They corrected the weird things I thought I knew and taught me more about new things that were previously unfamiliar. Eventually, it all came down to one thing: is the Book of Mormon the word of God or not? The answer to that question came during a church meeting. I had been to church many times with the Mormon missionaries and I had many experiences of good, peaceful feelings while I was there. But I couldn't be sure whether or not those feelings meant the church was "true," or if it just meant I was hanging out with good people who were trying their best. . .until one particular meeting I attended where the topic was the Book of Mormon and its importance in missionary work. The feelings in my heart as Sister Gardner spoke about the Book of Mormon were unmistakable. At that point, I knew it was true. It only took me another day or so to decide to do something about it. I was baptized three weeks later, and have not looked back. I have been a member now for sixteen years and this gospel has changed my life completely. I had to change so many things when I was baptized. It was good-bye to coffee, tea, alcohol, partying, short skirts, and loose morals. There were so many things I had to give up, but I gained so much more in return. This gospel will now bless my family for generations to come. It brings me peace, comfort, joy, and love. When I struggle, I know where to turn for peace and comfort and I can never deny what I know to be true: The Book of Mormon IS the word of God, and a companion to the Bible, which is also the word of God. God DOES care what I do. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His Church and I feel blessed to be a part of His Kingdom.

How I live my faith

I live my faith most of all by remembering it, in everything I do. When I get up in the morning, the most important thing for me to do is to begin with prayer and scripture study. Some days/weeks are better than others, but my goal is to do this daily. I live my faith by serving in the lay ministry in our church. I work with other women in providing activities and planning Sunday meetings for women. I also help organize service projects and visit sisters who are new or our area, sick, or just in need of a friend.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Jenn.
We need a Savior because we cannot be perfect on our own. The prospect of trying to be perfect is overwhelming and impossible, unless we have a Savior who can make up the difference. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Jenn.
The Relief Society is the Lord's organization for women! We have Sunday meetings as well as occasional mid-week activities. Even more important, we seek out opportunities to serve those in our church family and community. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jenn.
Mormon Church services are similar, in some ways, to other church services. We begin and end with prayer, we sing hymns, we partake of the sacrament (which is similar to communion in other churches) and we are nourished by the word of God. Our services are also different in many ways. Some people who visit our church find the services to be very sedate and quiet. Our sacrament meeting is a time for quiet, reverent worship, though more active, vocal worship may be appropriate at other times. Another difference is that we do not have a paid minister to preach in our services. All "preaching" is done by members of the congregation who have been asked in advance to speak on a specific topic. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings! Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jenn.
Some people believe our church is a cult because they have received false information about our church or because they misunderstand what a cult is. Most people think of a cult as an extremist religious group that is separated from society and led by a single, charismatic leader. Our church is not separated from society (we seek to participate in our communities) and, while we are led by a prophet, he does not lead the church alone. Some people consider us a cult because they think we worship Joseph Smith. While we do acknowledge that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and we appreciate his tremendous contributions, we do not worship him. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jenn.
The Book of Mormon is scripture. It is another testament of Christ - just like the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible. It does not replace the Bible or add to it, but instead is a companion book of scripture. The Book of Mormon tells the story of a people who came to the Americas from the Holy Land and it also tells of Christ's ministry in the Americas. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jenn.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. He is also our brother. Show more Show less