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Hi I'm Jill

I'm a mother of five young children. I'm a "Mormon."

About Me

I'm the mother of 5 kids and the wife of a teacher. We're Americans living in Japan. I enjoy walking outside, talking with friends, trying new foods, organizing my house, and crossing stuff off my to-do list! I get discouraged sometimes when I have too much to do or too little energy, but with my knowledge about the purpose of life on Earth, I can step back and look at my challenges differently. That knowledge lifts me up. When I trust in God and pray for support, I feel His comfort through the Holy Ghost's gentle voice speaking to my heart. He also gives me ideas to help me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon not only because I was born into a Mormon family, but also because as I've learned about this church I've felt a wonderful, comforting feeling in my heart that tells me that what I'm hearing or reading is true. This feeling is the testimony of the Holy Ghost. It makes life wonderful and makes me want to obey God's commandments so I can keep feeling that way.

How I live my faith

I keep trying and never give up! I teach my kids about living righteously. We read the scriptures in the evenings and weekly we have "Family Home Evening" to teach the kids and do things together. I try to notice things that other people need that I can do for them, like giving them things they need or watching their kids for them. I fulfill church assignments. Currently my church assignment is in the children's organization. It is a wonderful opportunity to teach the kids the things that I know to be true. This past Sunday it strengthened my own faith to tell them how attending church, praying, reading the scriptures, helping others, fasting, and other such activities will increase their faith in Jesus Christ.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jill
Absolutely! I love that fact. It's so great to hear the prophet tell us things that God wants us to hear. The reason I know he--and past prophets--are really speaking for God is by the great feeling I've felt at times when listening to them. That's the Holy Ghost, a.k.a. the Spirit, or Holy Spirit, that testifies to us of truth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Jill
We're here on earth to improve. To learn. To help others improve and learn. Before we came to earth we existed and made choices, but we didn't have physical bodies yet. We had spirits that looked like our bodies but weren't mortal and weren't susceptible to the temptations that we are with our mortal bodies. Also, we were in God's presence before we came to earth, and he nurtured us. Now, we don't have the memory of our life before earth life, but we aren't totally blind--we are born with the Light of Christ, which is often called our conscience, to guide us toward truth and right and away from evil. But we have choice. With a body, we exercise self-control regarding the food and other substances we put into our bodies, how much we sleep, how we use our time, sexual activity, etc. God has given us commandments and we have complete freedom whether or not to do what he says. If we obey him, there are blessings. If we don't, we lose blessings and may have other negative consequences. That way, we, as God's children, learn to control ourselves, thus improving ourselves. So, to sum it up, earth life gives us experience and more of a chance to progress than if we just remained as spirits. When our bodies die, our spirits still live. When we're resurrected, we'll regain our bodies and stand before God to be judged. So what we do on earth is really important! The judgment we receive determines our eternal reward. What we've prepared ourselves for is what we'll receive. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Jill
Thomas S. Monson Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jill
Yes. Christ is the most important person to us. He's the reason we can be happy, the only way to free ourselves from the effects of our sins, and the person who showed us the way to Eternal Life, which is the kind of life God lives, where you can be with your family and with God eternally. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Jill
We wear our "Sunday best" to church. Men wear dress shirts and ties and a suit or dress slacks. Women wear a skirt or dress. We celebrate the traditional national holidays, including Christmas, Easter, etc. We also celebrate Pioneer Day, the day the latter-day saints arrived in the Salt Lake valley in 1847 after an arduous trek across the plains of the United States, many making the entire trek on foot, to have a place to settle free from the harsh persecution they had endured. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jill
A ward is a geographical area, often the size of a city. People who live in a ward meet together in a congregation at church together. A stake is a group of wards. A branch is about the same thing as a ward, only smaller, where the Church is less developed and needs a little more special care. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jill
An ancient prophet named Mormon was entrusted with the writings of several past prophets who kept records in the Americas that were passed down from generation to generation. They taught about Christ and other important gospel principles. He engraved the most important things from each prophet's writings on new plates, and added a few writings of his own, and called the abridged collection "The Book of Mormon." He knew the writings were intended for people in a future day. His people, who had all become wicked, were in a terrible war with their enemies and were soon completely destroyed. You can read about this near the end of The Book of Mormon. He gave the records to his son, Moroni, who also engraved a few more things and then buried the records, in a stone box, in a hill. Of course, God directed them to do all this. Over 1000 years later Joseph Smith dug up those plates. He didn't find them by surprise, but was visited by an angel Moroni, now a resurrected being and told where to find them. God gave him the gift of translation and he translated them into English. This story must sound so amazing to you. It is! Show more Show less