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Hi I'm Jernae

and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After seven years in school, I just finished up my first bachelor's degree. It was a struggle, it was hard, but it was something that I wanted. Aside from writing New Adult novels, I sing, I hike, I fish, I swim. I work as a copywriter and editor, own my own home, work hard, enjoy spending time with my friends and family, and I have one big goal in this life . . . to be a best selling author.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many others, I was born into the church. My parents are members, my grandparents are members, and their parents before them. But even though my great-great grandparents were converted, I had to find my own conversion. I've been blessed to know that this church is the true church since I can remember. Years ago, when I moved out of my parent's home for the first time, I found that life was hard. School wasn't going right, friends weren't there for me, I was struggling with my own self-esteem, and I knelt down to pray to my Heavenly Father. I told him of the need that I had to be held. I told him how sad I was and how much I just needed him. Immediately, my phone rang and it was my mother on the line. I will never forget the peaceful rush that came over me as I knew that my prayer had been answered. I don't want to know what my life would be like without the support and unconditional love my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. With this gospel, or "good news" that Christ paid for our sorrows, our sins, and our illnesses, I can walk taller, and never feel alone.

How I live my faith

I attend my church meetings regularly each week where I am called to serve in various volunteer positions within the church. From Relief Society, to Sunday School, to helping in Primary, I love to do whatever is asked of me! Daily, I keep in contact with my God by praying, and reading the scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, and present day revelation to the Prophet). The Savior told us to love our neighbor. And although I am human, flawed, and sometimes selfish, I do try to remember others each day. Heavenly Father loves each of us the same way. Imagine that? A being that doesn't lose love for someone even though they falter.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

The Father is divinely called to be the spiritual leader of his family. Through the use of the priesthood given to him by the laying on of hands, he leads, blesses and directs his family righteously--not through force or cruelty. The priesthood he holds is to be used to serve those in his family. The Mother is divinely called to be a nurturer and teacher to her children. Through her own testimony she brings up her children to lean on their Heavenly Father. The nurturing ways and tendencies of the mother is to be used to serve and direct her family. Both parents work as equals to rear the family. And although it's hard and not always common, this is what we strive for and work towards. A home should be a place of learning, and safety. Being good parents and fulfilling our roles, is not only nice to have, but it's, as the church states, "vital--to society and to the Lord." Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The temple ordinances, or covenants that we make with God our Heavenly Father, are not secret. They are sacred--special to to those who are living worthy to make those promises. Inside the temple, we learn, we prepare, and we make those sacred, wonderful covenants in order to seal our families together for the eternities. We do this by proxy for those who have passed on, and for ourselves. Those whose work is done by proxy will have the opportunity to accept or reject the work done for them because our Heavenly Father has given us all agency. Those who have the great privilege and responsibility to enter the temple, do not take it lightly. The teachings are so divine and close to our hearts that we do not want the world to make a mockery of them. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a companion to the Bible. It's contents, stories and messages intensify the teachings in the Bible, not change them. The Book of Mormon is a historical and spiritual record of the peoples of the American Continent before, during, and after the life of Christ of this earth. As the Son of the one true God, Christ, after his death and resurrection, told the people of Nazareth, "...other sheep I have, which are not of this fold..." in John 10:16. We have come to know, that these other sheep, were God's children in the Americas. Christ loved every spirit child on this earth and he provided them all with his gospel, and his prophets. The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus Christ lives and that his atonement for us transcends the teachings found only in the Bible. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The priesthood is one of the most important blessings in my life. I love my role as a woman in this church. Female members of the church don't hold the priesthood because that is not our calling. Our calling is to teach, to nurture, and to guide children and other members of the church. The priesthood doesn't elevate a man above a woman. It creates a partnership--a team. I love the innate nurturing qualities that come with my gender. And within the church, I'm able to lead, guide, and teach just as anyone else. I've been a Relief Society President, a Counselor, a teacher, a committee member, and many other callings in between. And not one of them was created to elevate me. They helped me to grow and support others. This church is a church of service. Show more Show less