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Hi I'm Jennifer.

I'm a wife, the mom of one sweet son, a southerner, a singer, a runner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the good ol' South. Georgia, to be exact. I have great parents and three younger siblings who are some of my favorite people in the world. I grew up loving trips to the beach, Friday nights with friends, being involved in school concerts and theater, etc. I attended a small college in Virginia where I began my English major, and where I studied Voice, and got to be involved in a number of musical productions ranging from pop A Capella groups to Operas. I later transferred to Brigham Young University in Utah where I earned a degree in English. In 2007, I married the love of my life, (who happened to be my high school best friend) Sterling. He's a math nerd, I'm a Jane Austen fanatic, and somehow we fit together perfectly. His work has taken us to the exciting city of Chicago, and now back to Atlanta. We have a wonderful little boy and new baby girl, and we're learning that parenting is REALLY hard, but very fun!

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was raised in an active Mormon family, it would be unreasonable for me to say that this is why I am a Mormon today. My family is wonderful, and through the years I learned from my mom, dad, and church leaders how to develop my own testimony of this faith. But my experience of gaining a testimony of this church has been a lifelong personal journey. Today I am a Mormon because from a young age I have felt that God knew me, understood what I was going through, loved me, and wanted to help me. I have read the Book of Mormon in its entirety many times, both as a youth and as an adult, and with each page I find counsel which helps me cope with the difficulties of life, and further understand life's purpose. As when I read the Bible, reading the Book of Mormon lets me feel a sense of surety that these books are God's words for me. I am also a Mormon because feel certain that there is a modern-day prophet; a righteous man who is called by God to give us direction in our world today. Currently that man is Thomas S. Monson. (You can read some of his discourses on www.lds.org. They're brief, insightful, uplifting, and even humorous!). It just makes sense to me that when God wants to speak to His children individually, he does it through our prayers and scripture studies. When He needs to speak to His children as a whole, He calls His prophet to speak on His behalf.

How I live my faith

When I was 21 I decided to spend 18 months as a missionary for the Church. I'd always wanted to be a full-time missionary--my religion gave me peace and answered important life questions for me, and I wanted to share this with others who were interested. Missionaries don't choose where they are sent, so I was stunned and thrilled to be sent to southern France. My mission was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. I was humbled many times by my own inadequacies, but I gained an extraordinary love for people I had only just met. Many of the people I taught in France had, for various reasons, endured many difficult circumstances in their lives, and it always astounded me to watch them gain peace and understanding as they learned about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those experiences will always stay with me. My time as a missionary allowed me to appreciate how deeply God loves every single person on this earth, and to see that He really does have His hand working in their lives--OUR lives. More recently I've worked with the young women at church, ages 12-18, both in Chicago, and Atlanta. Like other leaders in the church's Young Women program I plan weekly activities, teach Sunday lessons based on virtues such as Faith, Good Works, and Integrity and help them with homework, job or college applications when needed. What intrigues me the most about working with these young people is how different they are, in personality, interests, ethnicity, and family circumstances, and yet how they're all able to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and find answers through the gospel for their individual lives. They're great gals to spend time with! My husband and I also attend Sunday worship services for Portuguese-speaking members of our Church. Once again I'm able to witness the gospel cross cultural and language boundaries, and I love it!

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jennifer.
A common misconception is that Mormons worship Joseph Smith. While we have great respect for him and all that he did, we simply look to him as we do to Biblical religious leaders, such as Moses, Abraham, and Isaiah. We recognize these good men as prophets sent by God. We love them, but we do not worship them. We worship God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. One difference we have from other Christians, however, is that we recognize the Father and the Son as two distinct Beings. Though separate, their purpose is the same, to help each of us on Earth return home to them one day, having led honorable lives. I love having a relationship with my Heavenly Father. I feel peace in prayer when I communicate with Him. I know He listens to my pleas for help, for comfort, for strength, and even for gratitude. I love knowing He sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for the sins of the world and make possible the resurrection of the dead. I find great hope in my God and my Savior! Show more Show less