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Hi I'm Jeni

I know the Church is true!

About Me

My parents were both converts to the Church in their twenties. My father was raised Southern Baptist, my mother was raised a variety of Protestant religions. My dad's dad passed away from a massive heart attack at the age of 49. While my grandfather was a good man, he never went to church and had never "accepted Jesus", and according to the tenets my father was raised by, his father was not in "heaven" because of that. That never set well with my father. He was working as a private investigator and a member of the Mormon church worked in the office below him. They became friends and that friend asked my dad if he would be interested in taking the missionary discussions. My dad accepted. As they taught him about the Plan of Salvation, particularly the part about how those who had not had a chance to learn of and accept the Gospel in this life would be given an opportunity after death, my dad felt the Spirit very strongly and knew that he had found the true Church. He joined the church, and then my mom joined not too long after. I have inherited many great blessings because of their choice. My father was in the Air Force, and we moved around until I was four. Then we got stationed back in my father's hometown. We managed to stay there for the rest of his Air Force career. I am the youngest of six children. After high school, I went to the college where I earned a degree in Secondary Education. I did my teaching internship in England and had the opportunity to backpack through Europe. After college, I moved to Boston where I taught high school. After living in Boston for a couple years, I moved back home and continued to teach high school. It was on my way back home from Boston when I met my husband. We were both youth camp counselors at a church summer program called "Especially for Youth". We married six months after meeting in the Birmingham, Alabama temple and have celebrated six years of marriage! We have three children, one boy and two girls, who make our lives complete. My husband is a JAG attorney for the Air Force, and we enjoy moving where the Air Force sends us to see what the Lord has in store for us wherever we live. I know without any trace of doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I know because I have prayed to know, and Heavenly Father answered my prayer. I could never deny the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm thankful for a living prophet. What a blessing in this world we live in to have someone who communes with God and lets us know of His will for us. I'm also thankful for the Holy Spirit which provides personal revelation from our Father in Heaven. I live a happy, peaceful, contented life. I am so thankful for the sweet life that is mine.

Why I am a Mormon

As I mentioned, my parents joined the Mormon church before I was born. I have had the blessing of the Gospel in my life my entire life. My parents took me to church and taught me correct principles, but I still needed to develop a testimony of my own and decide for myself whether or not the Church was true. When I was 15, I prayed to know if the Church was true, and the answer came quietly, but powerfully though the power of the Holy Spirit that I was indeed a member of the Lord's true church. There is so much good in many other religions, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only church that possesses all compenents of the Church that Christ established when he lived on the Earth during his mortal ministry. We are the only church with a living prophet. We are the only church that does proxy work for the dead in sacred, holy temples. We are the only church whose male members possess the Priesthood, whose line of authority can be traced back to Christ himself. All this has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the Church will never be taken from the Earth again. When the Spirit whispers truth to your soul, you will never be the same again. I could never deny the Church, or it's teachings. I have a profound personal relationship with my Savior, and I live a life full of peace, joy, and hope. I am thankful to be a member of his Church, to know where I came from, why I am here, and where I will go when my mortal life is over. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I work with the nursery-age children at church, from 18 months to 3 years old. We do open play, a lesson that focuses on the Savior and his teaches, do singing time where we sing songs, have a snack, and then do some crafts. It's wonderful to be able to teach Heavenly Father's precious children!

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jeni
Heavenly Father loves all his children, and wants everyone, regardless of their station in life or location to have the opportunity to hear of Him and of His plan of Salvation for them. There are millions of people in the world who have lived and/or who will live and die having never heard of Jesus Christ. It would not be fair to never allow those people a chance to return to live with their Father in Heaven because they simply knew not where to find Him, so in His infinite wisdom, Heavenly Father provided a way for those people, even after death, to be taught the Gospel and to still have the agency to accept or reject it. Because baptism by immersion is an essential ordinance exemplified by Christ himself, worthy members of the church can perform this sacred ordinance in temples in behalf of deceased people, thereby giving them the opportunity of eternal life. It's a most perfect plan, provided by a loving, merciful Father in Heaven who wants to give ALL of his children a chance to return to Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Jeni
Mormons believe the Bible because it is the word of God, whom we worship. But there were prophets on the American continents as well that prophesied and looked forward to the coming of Christ. Christ had dealings with these people, even showing himself to them after he was cruicified, but before he was resurrected. The Book of Mormon is account of those prophets and those people who Christ loved no less than the people told of in the Bible. Mormons use the Bible and the Book of Mormon together to learn about our Savior Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven's plan for us. Show more Show less