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Hi I'm Jenny.

I'm a mathematician. I'm a marathon runner. I'm a marshmallow lover. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

The year I was born, Jennifer was the most frequently given name to a female baby in the U.S. as it was for the 14 years previous to my birth year. As a result, I have had to work all my life to be anything but ordinary by developing hobbies like studying Euclid's elements, collecting clarinets and running marathons. I can recite the alphabet backwards faster than anyone I know and my dinner menu for the last three years has consisted almost exclusively of cheez-its, marshmallows and toast. My family and God mean everything to me. Despite recently moving a few thousand miles away from my family to pursue a master's degree in math education, I still talk to each family member several times a week. I taught high school algebra and geometry for three years before going back to school, and I want to continue teaching high school math after I get my degree. 

Why I am a Mormon

I love truth. I seek truth everywhere, from my studies in mathematics to my explorations in religion. I have attended the services of many different churches and religions and have found truth in all of them. Only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have I found complete truth. I believe that truth can be found from the source of truth - God Himself. Thus, I pray to Him when seeking truth and I receive answers from Him. I read the Book of Mormon and asked God to confirm to me if it is His word. I received a clear answer and have many times since through feelings described in the Bible as gifts of the Holy Spirit - love, peace and goodness. In fact, I can confidently say that I know that the Book of Mormon is true more surely than things I have seen with my own eyes and heard with my own ears. In the same way I found out the truth of the Book of Mormon, I also know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that there is a living prophet on the earth, that the Bible is the word of God, and that God knows me individually.

How I live my faith

My personal beliefs about God and His church directly translate to my relationships with other people. As a result, I find that participating actively in all programs, activities and meetings in the church is a way of living my beliefs and showing Jesus Christ's love to others. I currently am the Activities Coordinator for my congregation of students. With the help of a committee, I plan monthly activities for the entire congregation and weekly "Family Home Evenings" which consist of a spiritual lesson and game. These activities serve the purpose of uniting us more as a congregational "family" since most of us live away from our families as students.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

As a Mormon woman, I can confidently say that Mormon women are awesome. I have seen more consistent faith, service, sacrifice, kindness, self-confidence and independence among female members of the church than among any other women I meet. I believe this is a direct result of our understanding of the fact that we are daughters of a perfect Father with infinite potential and real power. Yes, Mormons believe in the equality of men and women. Men and women receive the exact same blessings from and promises for living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our roles, of course, are unique. Women can have babies. Men cannot. As a result, women have natural tendencies and responsibilities for nurturing children. Men have natural tendencies and responsibilities for protecting and providing for their families. These roles are equally important within the family unit. I have never felt inferior to men in my church. The media, however, frequently portrays women as silly, mindless and inconsequential and suggests that we can only leave our mark on the world by our seduction and appearance. This, of course, is false. The message of the church to women is clear. Womanhood is divine and powerful. I neither abase myself below or exalt myself above men. I know my own worth as a woman comes from my intelligence, goodness, virtue, and kindness. Show more Show less