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Hi I'm Jenna!

I am a student. I am a citizen of the world. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of seven kids, totaling nine persons in my family. My life has been an experience full of learning, and not solely in a formal classroom setting. I have lived in Virginia, Chile, Texas, and Utah, and in each place I came to know and love the people that formed such an integral, though perhaps simple, part of my life. I love to play the piano, it's an outlet for me to collect my thoughts and find added peace in my life, although I am still developing my skills. I love to sing as well, and am learning the guitar and after that I will take on the cello. I've learned that my life has meaning far beyond what value I give it as I share it with others. One of the greatest experiences that has taught me this occurred while I was serving a mission for a year and a half in Houston, Texas. More importantly and foundational, however, was the opportunities that parents provided for me and my brothers and sisters to love and help others. I'm currently studying Sociology and Spanish and am working on two projects on immigration and education as well as reducing recidivism for juvenile delinquents.

Why I am a Mormon

It is the only way that I can really live my dreams, and lead a full life, rich with meaning. The covenants we can make with the Lord have helped (and continue to help) me become more than who I am, as He allows me to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon because the doctrines that are taught here cannot be replaced by anything else I have encountered in this world, by either first- or second-hand experience. For me, being a Mormon is more than my background - having parents, grandparents and even ancestor pioneers that share my beliefs, although they have left my a great legacy of faith. Being Mormon isn't an event that happened because I was born into a Mormon family. It is a way of life. It is a decision I make daily to continue to be faithful to what I know the Lord expects and desires; allowing me to build on to the steps of progress I've made yesterday and correcting the ones I made that drew me away. I am a Mormon because it is the only way I can be made whole. It is the only way that I can give validity to the drops of blood that Christ shed for me, allowing me to become new, that my heart can be whole and so I can then put my whole heart into all that I do: in His work, in mine, my family, and all the things and people that are important to me.

How I live my faith

I currently attend a local Spanish congregation where I serve with them. I LOVE it! These wonderful people are so loving and welcoming. I have seen a lot of opportunities to share what talents I've picked up in my life like playing the piano during services. My assignment is to go out with the sister missionaries (sometimes on bikes with skirts, black name tags, and a backpack), and also to find, welcome, and teach others who would be interested in learning about our beliefs, or those who have fallen away. Once in a while I teach the class held during services for newcomers to help them understand more. It has been a really humbling experience for me to see the goodness and humility of those that come, and their willingness to learn. Their example teaches me what I need to do to come closer to the Lord.