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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a mother, a runner, an avid reader, and a community volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a California native and have lived in Silicon Valley for the past ten years. I'm trained as an English teacher, but I'm currently a stay-home mom to two elementary aged daughters. I find deliberate mothering to be both challenging and incredibly fulfilling. Besides nurturing my own children, I lead a group of parent volunteers at the elementary school in teaching monthly lessons about kindness, tolerance, respect, and social/emotional health. I also mentor a group of teenage girls at church. My 23-year running habit keeps me sane, and I've been known to escape from the stresses of homework, 'tweener drama, and my husband's unpredictable career in startups by inhaling books and playing the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I love my Savior Jesus Christ, and I believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers me the best path to accept His love and return to Him one day. I was raised as a member of the church by faithful parents, and then as a teenager and young adult I sought my own spiritual conversion and witness that the gospel is true. Through scripture study, prayer, and trying to live the gospel, I have had sacred experiences where I have felt the Holy Ghost witness to me that my Heavenly Father is aware of me and that this is the Savior's church.

How I live my faith

I serve in the church as a leader to teenage girls age 12-18. I teach them spiritual lessons on Sundays, and we hold fun activities on Wednesday nights. We also camp together for a week in the summer and have dances, beach trips, and youth conferences with the young men. Besides teaching and leading the girls, I feel like one of the most important things I can do is develop personal relationships with them, so that they have additional caring adults in their lives besides their parents.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

I served an 18-month mission for the church in Brazil, as a young adult. I chose to serve because I felt like the gospel brought joy to my life, and I knew it could bring joy to others, too. Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, he told his disciples to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations." That's what I was trying to do as a missionary. I always appreciated that we offered to teach people without selling anything or arguing with anyone. We just offered it, and people could decide whether or not they wanted to listen. Missionary work is demanding--missionaries work 12-hour days, six days a week, often in a foreign culture among strangers. Missionaries also pay all of their own expenses to live and serve. They don't receive anything for their service, except the joy and satisfaction of sharing the gospel with others.  Show more Show less