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Hi I'm Jenni

I'm a missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm 23 years old. Serving a mission is the greatest thing I've done. While serving in the greater Philadelphia area I get to experience a diverse culture, see historic sites, learn from all different kinds of people, and most importantly help people draw closer to Christ. Before serving a mission I studied fitness and wellness management at Brigham Young University. I love to play tennis, hike, run, and spend time with family. I'm still trying to decide what I want to do when I'm done with my mission, but that is just one example of why prayer is so essential. 

Why I am a Mormon

 Initially I was Mormon because that was how I was raised. However, I started questioning whether it was entirely true in high school. I came to points in my life where I realized the only thing that really mattered was answers to the major questions of life. I wanted to know if God existed. I wondered if He loved me and had a plan for me. To find my answer I prayed to know if the things I had been taught my whole life were true. I also pondered over the scriptures and the talks I would hear at church. As I've done so I have come to know through the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith really did restore Christ's true church. The impressions I've had from the Holy Ghost in answer to prayer haven't been obvious signs. Yet these impressions, mostly recognized as feelings and thoughts, still sink deeper than any physical sign I could have. Because I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true life has meaning to me. Instead of seeing life as a random mixture of strange, happy, frustrating, and sad experiences I know there is a point to life. Heavenly Father has provided a path for us to become like Him and return to live with Him. Part of that path involves being sealed to our families for eternity. Heavenly Father's plan for us is greater than anything else I could hope for, and the best part about it is that it is real. 

How I live my faith

Right now I have the great opportunity to share Christ's gospel with people from all walks of life. As a missionary I still have to build upon my faith through scripture study, prayer, and church attendance. When I return home I will continue to build upon my faith through the things I already mentioned. I will also attend the temple, and strive to serve those around me. Like a muscle faith will weaken from not using it. My faith can never be the same. I must continually strengthen it. Otherwise I will lose it, not because the things I've learned are less true, but because faith requires steady effort. 

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Jenni
 Our very existence and the world around us are evidences of God. Too many things would have had to happen at just the right time and in just the right way for us to be here, and for the earth to be the way it is. The sun, for example, had to be placed at just the right spot. Also how could we have such a beautiful world by chance? A divine artist must have created it. In many ways science supports the idea of God, but even if it didn't I would still believe in God. Scientific theories are subject to change based on further evidence. Eternal truths must be learned through the spirit. The greatest witness to me of God has come through sincerely praying to know of his reality and concern towards me. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Jenni
 Joseph Smith was the prophet who ushered in the restoration. By restoration I mean he restored the exact same church Christ himself set up. Joseph Smith never sought to start his own church. He, like many of us, wondered which church he should join. Heavenly Father answered his prayer by appearing to him with His son, Jesus Christ. He was then called to be a prophet. He received revelations from God on how to organize his church and on how we can return to live with him. Since Joseph Smith there has been a continuous line of prophets. We worship God, not Joseph Smith, our local bishop, current prophet or anyone else. Although we greatly respect Joseph Smith for the great sacrifices he made, he was still human like all of us. He needed the atonement just like I do.    Show more Show less