Hi I'm Jennie
I am a 26 year old wife and mom. I have a degree in advertising, and worked in corporate America for 4 years before becoming a full time, stay at home mom to a beautiful baby girl. In August of 2009, my husband and I moved across the country for him to begin medical school, and in August of 2010, we welcomed our first baby into the world. I LOVE being active: biking, running, walking, hiking, tennis, boating, camping... pretty much anything outdoors. I am a college football fan. I am not much of a cook, but I am great at eating. I love country music, and mexican food!
Why I am a Mormon
I have a long story, but it explains why I chose to be a Mormon. I am grateful for parents that provided a Christian home and welcomed opportunities for me to grow in my own personal spirituality. I was raised Methodist, and became very involved in my church's youth group when I entered high school. It was then that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ became real to me, and that I learned how to have a personal relationship with them. I learned how to pray, and recognized the orgin of all the blessings in my life. I have always had an association with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). I have several extended family members who belong to the LDS church. With them living several states away, I visited them two to three times a year throughout my childhood and into my early adult life. I always looked forward to visiting my family. They were innately good (for lack of a better word) and I wanted to absorb the warm feelings that seemed to radiate from them. While they each had their own individual struggles, trials, and weaknesses, I noticed that they never dealt with some of the widespread hardships that much of the world is effected by. They followed the "Word of Wisdom" as they called it, and never consumed alcohol of any kind, smoked cigarettes, or used any drugs not prescribed by doctors. Because of the Word of Wisdom, they were able to dodge a multitude of consequences that accompany substance abuse. I attended church and any church activities that were held while I was in town. I knew the basic fundamental principles regarding the LDS church. I knew that the family unit is what many church principles revolve around. In fact, several activities are set in place to emphasize and strengthen the importance of family. While there were so many aspects of the LDS church that I was attracted to, in high school I decided that it was not for me. My relationships with my extended family members remained strong and close knit, but I kept my distance from the LDS faith. During college, I increased my visits to see my extended family, and with that came increased exposure to the LDS church. The church was a part of my family, and my family was definitely a part of the LDS church. So many of the beliefs of the LDS church paralleled that of prodestant Christianity, however there are several aspects of the LDS church that are not found in any other faith. I met with 3 different sets of missionaries over the course of 4 years. I began reading the Book of Mormon (another testament of Jesus Christ). I had countless conversations with LDS family members, as well as friends and family who are not LDS. The most important thing to me was to do what Heavenly Father wanted me to do, and to find truth; as much of it as I possibly could. I felt good listening to the missionaries. The lessons they taught me all seemed to make sense. If I am honest with myself, I know that I received answers to my prayers regarding the truthfulness of the LDS church, but was too scared to act on the answers I received at that time. I was afraid of what people would think of me if I became Mormon. I tried several times to push the good feelings deep down away from me, and maintain the life I knew how to lead. It was easier to remain the same. It would be too difficult to make changes in my life to become a member of the LDS church. Looking back over the course of those 4 years, I knew the LDS was true many times, but chose not to act on the feelings I had because it was easier not to. After college, I worked for a year in the city near where I grew up, and then decided to move across the country to have a change of scenery, a new start. I moved to where my extended family lived. I lived with my cousin for 6 months, and all of the good feelings of the LDS church came flooding back into my heart. I finished the Book of Mormon that I had started reading so many years before. I began going regularly to the LDS church on Sundays, and participating in activities for young single adults during the week after work. I prayed sincerely and faithfully to be guided to truth once more, and to have the courage to act on the answers I received. On December 30, 2007 I humbled myself in front of a few others in a Sunday school class, and decided that I would set a baptism date, and continue to study and pray about my decision to get baptized. For the three weeks following that meeting, I met with another set of missionaries every week, read several scripture passages, prayed, prayed, and then prayed some more. I knew in my heart that I was to be baptized. I could recognize the Lord's voice and hand in my life, and knew that He would not lead me astray. I was baptized on January 19, 2008 into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am a member of the LDS church because I read the scriptures, attended the church meetings, met with several people of the LDS church, and prayed deeply to know if it was true, and the answers of confirmation I received penetrated my soul, even as I write this, that I cannot deny them. There are so many wonders of God that I do not know, and I have so many questions about the universe. There are mysteries of God yet to unfold. While there are numerous things I do not yet know, I do know that Heavenly Father loves each of His children, me being one of them, and that He has a plan set in place to bring me back to Him. He has given me so many tools to help me in this life on Earth; the scriptures, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the ability to communicate with Him through prayer, and the covenants made in the temple. I know that the Lord speaks through a prophet and apostles. He did in the days of the Old Testament, New Testament, and He still does today. He is never changing. I know that Christ lives, and offers comfort and strength to those who are weak, myself being a prime example. I know these things because I have physically felt the truthfulness of them in my soul through the power of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. My relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has been developing since I first started going to my Methodist church youth group in high school. I am so grateful for the truths I learned while attending that church. It was a stepping stone for me to be where I am now, from a spiritual perspective. Truth is thruth, and I know I have found it. Pleasing my Heavenly Father means more to me than pleasing anyone else.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
I love the Holy Ghost! I love that I can be guided through each and every day by paying attention to the way I feel inside according to the decisions I make, big or small. I believe that the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit) is the way in which Heavenly Father answers my prayers. No, I have never heard a voice, rather I feel a feeling in my soul that is warm, peaceful, comforting, and very clear. The more I align my every day with being more like the Savior Jesus Christ, the more clearly I feel the Holy Ghost. It helps me to make wiser choices, choices that are pleasing to the Lord. The Holy Ghost brings clarity and direction to my life. It has definitely taken practice to recognize how the Holy Ghost works in my life, but it is undeniable when I feel the it.
How I live my faith
I try to live what I believe every day. I am not anywhere close to being perfect, and am definitely a work in progress. I volunteer my time to serve the youth of the LDS church. I work with the young women, specifically the 12 and 13 year olds. I teach them a lesson every Sunday, and attend their youth activity every Wednesday evening. I participate in service projects with the youth, attend youth conferences, and chaperone on youth trips. Basically whatever the youth are doing, I am involved. I also visit three women once every month. This is called Visiting Teaching. I share a short spiritual message with them, given to me from the the First Presidency of the church. The Visiting Teaching program is in place to make sure that everyone in our church is accounted for, taken care of, and watched over.