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Hi I'm Jill

I enjoy reading, writing, going for early morning walks and taking care of my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, mother, friend, neighbor and missionary mom. I am still growing up and raising our own family in the same small community six generations before me have done. We love having our extended family close by. I've been married to my husband 23 years. We have 3 fabulous children who range in age from 20 down to 11. My family is my greatest treasure! I love to learn. I've attended 3 different universities and one day I'll finish taking those last few classes, but until then, I love being a stay at home mom. There is nothing I'd rather be doing at this season of my life. I enjoy playing racquetball, going for hikes, reading, writing, doing lunch with friends and hanging out with my family. I enjoy early morning walks where I can ponder and let my mind be still. I love watching our children grow! 

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in an LDS family. I was baptized when I was 8 years old. But even when you are raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or any church for that matter, you still need to be converted. My own conversion did begin those many years ago when I was young and attended church with my family – the seeds were planted. But it wasn’t until college that I began to nourish those seeds and that desire to know for myself began to grow. I had to choose to go to church, read my scriptures, say my prayers and really live the gospel for myself. My testimony has grown the most through weathering the storms of life. My son, serving as a missionary in TN wrote, “Before I came on my mission, I knew the church was true, but now I know it’s REAL.” It has been through daily living and at times struggling through life that I have come to know for myself that this church is not only true, but the gospel of Jesus Christ is REAL. It’s real because of the ways I’ve seen its principles and teachings change my life. As I've made choices and dealt with heart-wrenching challenges like having a chronically ill child or the death of a loved one, I have come to trust my Savior. I have had to put my trust in Him. Even when I don’t understand the “why’s” I can still feel His peace – that makes it REAL. When I pay tithing and my finances work out and I have enough to meet my obligations – it’s REAL. When I study the scriptures and find answers to my problems, concerns and questions – I know it’s REAL. When my child’s been given a blessing and they feel better or are healed – that makes it REAL. When I learn something new, my mind is enlightened – when the Spirit speaks to my mind and heart – it’s REAL, not imagined. When I can feel God’s peace, in the middle of the storms of life, when everything around me is in chaos and overwhelming – it’s REAL! God's love is REAL - I know my Savior lives and loves me and knows me personally because I have felt His love fill me.

How I live my faith

We are Christians trying to live as Christ would live and love and He has shown us how. I have been blessed with many and various opportunities to lead and serve the youth, the women and families in my community. As I have served in these various callings I have been amazed at the strength of the youth. I've been honored to witness the love, sacrifice and selfless service of women in our community. As a family, we enjoy eating dinner together nearly every evening. We try and teach our children to be hard working, responsible, and to serve others - even when it isn't convenient. We are happy and enjoy life and spending time together. I plan activities for mothers with young children, lunches with neighbors, my husband and I have taught classes about the US Constitution in our home, we are active in politics. I try and feed the hungry, visit the lonely and love those around me.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

None of us are perfect, in fact, we each have many weaknesses and shortcomings that we are trying to overcome. Our Savior, Jesus Christ led a perfect life. He came to earth, so that He could give us a perfect example to follow and teach each of us His ways. He came to save us from our sins, our mistakes, our poor choices and He will do that, if we repent and follow Him. We cannot save ourselves. Grace is the enabling power of Christ. It enables Christ to save us, through His Atonement and enables us to trust in, accept and be saved by Him. Recently, I hiked from rim to rim at the Grand Canyon. I had done my best to train for this. I was eating right, drinking fluids, eating gu and protein bars – doing everything I knew to do to accomplish hiking out of this canyon. Yet, even before we hit the ½ way mark on the uphill side, I knew I couldn’t do it. I was physically and emotionally spent. I had nothing left to give. My feet ached, I was struggling to catch my breath and anxious about being able to get out of there. I had been praying to understand how grace worked and I was being taught a very vivid lesson. Even though we make good choices, are kind to others, and live good lives - it's not enough for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father. We need a Savior to make up the difference between our best efforts and intentions and His perfect Atonement and sacrifice. When we make mistakes, fall short and then repent - we can be forgiven. Christ makes us whole. Show more Show less