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Hi I'm Jennifer

I'm a professional writer. I consider my family my top client. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Army wife, mom to five (including twins), freelance writer, assistant hobby farmer, home remodeler, bargain hunter. I've stayed up until 2 a.m. watching LOST, only taking a break to devour ice cream. I've also run a relay marathon with my four sisters. Life is about moderation, which I guess I define as jogging with ice cream.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon widens my perspective. Ever tried walking while looking through the viewfinder of a camera? It's easy to get caught up in the limited scene, or even to trip on unseen obstacles. Instead, the Gospel moves the camera aside and expands my view. Being a Mormon also helps me focus. It's like the day in third grade when I wore glasses for the first time. The trees were there before, but now they had leaves! I consider The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the glasses that help me focus on what matters most--faith, family and service. It also widens my perspective to see things as they really are--from everyday life and challenges to a life of purpose and direction with eternal potential.   

How I live my faith

Living my faith gives me opportunities to strengthen my family, build lasting friendships, and enhance my own capabilities. Within our women's organization, I serve as a volunteer to ensure other women in our neighborhood are visited each month to see how they are doing and share a gospel message. Attending church every Sunday is a highlight of my week. It's not always easy to keep five kids on one pew, but the togetherness with my family and my community is worth it.

What is the Church's position on abortion?

When I became pregnant, I empathized with women who choose abortion. Several months of nausea and physical changes are challenging even for those experiencing a planned pregnancy. Then, when I met my husband's birth mother, that empathy turned to admiration for a woman who endured pregnancy only to place her son via adoption. At a young 17 years old, she had initially scheduled an abortion. But, with support from her boyfriend and parents, she found a family ready for a child. I do not know every woman's situation, but there is something I feel at my core--We deserve better and our children--born and unborn--deserve better than an alternative so emotionally painful, permanent and limiting. In the vast majority of cases, we can do better than abortion by taking the steps to avoid unwanted pregnancy or making sacrifices for a developing life and adoption, even at the temporary expense of our own preferences. With belief in the sanctity of human life, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience, with possible exceptions when • Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or • The life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or • The fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. Show more Show less