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Hi I'm Jenn

I love teaching and learning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an elementary art teacher who does freelance artwork on the side. I'm currently working on my master's degree in art education. I'm also a seasonal chocolatier for my family's gourmet ice cream and chocolate business. I love to sing and take photographs. I'm an avid reader and love to travel as a means of broadening my experience and of learning new things. I love being active, making lists (creating this profile was on one), and having projects to work on!

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because living the principles of the gospel and keeping the commandments brings me happiness and peace—even in times of uncertainty and trial. I’m a Mormon because the teachings of the Church make sense to me on an intellectual and spiritual level and provide me with answers to life’s toughest questions. The doctrines have a deepness and richness to them where the more you learn, the more it all works together and the more life in all its facets becomes clearer. I feel that here I have found eternal and absolute truths which give me purpose, direction, and peace. It is here that there are modern day prophets who continue to receive revelation from God for His children. In practicing my religion I feel the love of my Heavenly Father in great abundance and feel that I am pleasing Him and becoming who He wants me to be. I am a Mormon because everything we do revolves around blessing and strengthening families and, by extension, our global family consisting of all of God’s children. I know that through restored Priesthood power I can be with my family for eternity and I can progress eternally to become like God, whose daughter I am. I am a Mormon because in His church, and through that same Priesthood, I can have conferred upon me the Gift of the Holy Ghost to guide me, to reveal truth to me, to inspire me, and to bring me peace. It is through the Holy Ghost that I have come to know the truth of these things for myself.

How I live my faith

In my congregation I’m the co-chair of the temple work efforts. I teach a Sunday school class on how to search out and record individual’s genealogy and how to go about creating their own personal history for future generations. I then teach them how to prepare their ancestral names to be taken to the temple where they can perform ordinances, such as baptisms, on their behalf. I am also a temple ordinance worker. As such, I routinely go to the temple where I assist the patrons, other church members, and participate in performing the ordinances and other work that goes on inside the temple. I’ve had the opportunity to hold many different callings or positions in the church which have allowed me to serve and grow in a variety of ways. I love the focus the church has on selfless service within the church and in our communities, for it is when we act like Christ—the Master Servant-- that we truly come to know Him. I feel the greatest way I can live my faith is through trying to remember the Savior in all my daily dealings, for in baptism I promised to act as He would act. It is when my thoughts, words, and actions reflect this that I feel my faith and joy in the gospel grow the most.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We believe that the soul is eternal- that we lived with God before coming to this earth. Our goal is to perform here on earth so that we can be worthy to live with him again. We need to accomplish certain things in order for this promised blessing to become a reality. One of those is participating in the saving ordinance of baptism. There are many who have lived on this earth that, through no fault of their own, never had the opportunity to be baptized. It would be an unjust and partial God that would keep some of His children out of His presence because they missed this ordinance. We believe that God has prepared a way for us to be baptized for those who can no longer perform this ordinance for themselves. We perform this work, done in holy temples, to make it possible for all of God's children to return home and live with Him again someday. God loves all of His children equally and wants them all to make it back to Him. In being baptized for the dead, we show our love for God and for His children, and show gratitude for His plan for us. Show more Show less