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Hi I'm Jody

I've had both joy and pain, I love people, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three young children, I'm also a student and aspiring author. I love to learn and be a Mum. We have several medical stresses in our family, and I find that going to church gives me the light and strength to still enjoy the beauties of life through the hard times and gives a surplus of happiness in the good times. When life seems to have fallen apart around me, my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have been my one stability, constant and unchanging, and they've seen me through.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church, but when my father turned his back on it (when I was 14) I began to question everything. Eventually I started searching for my answers elsewhere and became somebody else entirely. For several years, my brother, 3 years younger, would try to help me and I would find him sitting on my bed every night no matter how late I came home, waiting to tell me he loved me. He often dissolved my anger with his love, and we became very close. He started sharing his own spiritual experiences with me and eventually convinced me to read the Book of Mormon when I was 19. I had plenty of excuses so I could avoid changing, but he had an answer for each one. When I told him I'd never get past 1 Nephi, he suggested I read from Mosiah, which I did. I read on the train ride home from work which gave me about 40 mins a day. As I read about Alma the younger in Mosiah chapter 27 & Alma chapter 36, and Ammon's testimony in Alma chapter 26, the Spirit became welcome in my heart again, and I felt that there was hope for me. Eventually I came to church and due to a last minute change in hymns (my mother was the one who chose the hymns and had felt that morning to change one), we sang "I know that my Redeemer lives" and the Spirit filled me entirely. I looked up to see my brother at the sacrament table looking at me with tear filled eyes, nodding and smiling at me. He knew what I had felt. That was the day I gained the courage to move from just believing, to living it. I now love reading about Nephi, as I have a younger brother very much like him.

How I live my faith

I pray for charity, the pure love of Christ, so that I can be there whenever I am needed, for anyone who needs me. I teach my children to love others and that everyone has a story, so we can't judge them. I am always willing to help others because I love people, and I find joy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jody
To testify of something means that you know/are a witness of something. So a testimony is a declaration of what you know. Each of us can experience the Spirit of God in different ways, that lead to faith and knowledge. For me, I have had many experiences that are of a spiritual nature and some that also flow logically from either doctrine or personal experience. One of the really important things I have learned is the importance of truth; so when I bare my testimony, declaring that I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves us, and that He has restored His church the way he set it up in His mortal life Because He loves us, it means I have found this to be true, and know it for myself. Show more Show less