Hi I'm Jenn
I've been a mother for over three years, and it's the hardest job I've ever had, but I wouldn't want to be doing anything else. I have a B.A. in English and minors in history and music; I love learning about everything, which is why I can't stop reading and writing. I've been employed in a myriad of jobs, including helping out at a dental office, childcare, teaching swim lessons, a bookstore clerk, a writing tutor and teaching assistant, a secretary, and an office manager, but I'm currently do all my work in my home caring for my two children, with some freelance writing on the side. My husband has been a university student for ten years, and hopes to be a full-time professor sometime in the near future. I love exercise and the outdoors. I swam competitively from ages six through eighteen. I love backpacking. I ran a marathon when my daughter, my second child, was seven months old. I love ballroom and swing dancing and ballet. I'm a volunteer yoga, pilates, and aerobics instructor. My jogging stroller is one of my prized possessions, and I love to walk (or run) instead of drive as much as possible. I grew up in Clayton, California, which is about 30 miles east of San Francisco, and was a childhood paradise to me. I have three sisters and four brothers. Our large family was quite an anomaly in California, even among other Mormons, but I can't imagine my life growing up or now without any one of them. Currently my biggest dream is to create a childhood paradise for my kids.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in a Mormon family, but throughout my life I have had countless experiences with the Holy Ghost confirming to me that the faith that my parents taught me is true. I remember feeling my first confirmation that Joseph Smith was a prophet when I was ten years old. That confirmation has been reaffirmed to my mind and heart many times. Each time I have ever asked myself whether I really thought this was real and true, I have not been able to deny it. Right now my faith is reaffirmed each time I teach my children about Jesus Christ and His church. I sing them Mormon children's songs and feel the Holy Spirit testify to my heart that this is real and true and good. Recently I have known many young parent loose their faith in the Church. This brings me so much sadness and pain for them. I can't imagine my life without faith in Jesus Christ and full participation in His church. Being a Mormon is a part of who I am every minute of every day.
How I live my faith
My faith is something in my life that needs my constant care. I live my faith through prayer, scripture study, meditation, and an effort to follow and live the teachings of Jesus Christ. Right now I especially live my faith by sharing it with my children and by using it to support my husband in his school and work. I have served in many different ways in my local Mormon congregations. Most often I have served as a leader in the Mormon women's organization, the Relief Society. As leaders, we coordinate the efforts of the women to serve each other and their families. We participate in councils with the men in making decisions and directing affairs of the congregation. We do all we can to make sure every woman feels loved, accepted, and progressing in her faith in Jesus Christ. We teach each other skills that strengthen our faith and nurture our families. We strive to seek out and help those in need--physically, financially, spiritually, or emotionally, and Mormon or not--in our communities. I love music, and I try to serve in at church with music as often as I can by accompanying the congregation on the piano, whenever I am needed. In addition to the piano, I love singing and playing the violin and cello. Music has always been a significant part of my worship. I love praising God and Jesus and feeling their Holy Spirit through songs of praise.