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Hi I'm Jennifer!

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and never attended any church at all, but now I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happily married wife of 25 years-- how did that go by so fast?!-- with four outstanding children. I work part-time at an elementary school, and I also do some writing from my home office. I am very interested in current events, especially in the areas of politics and government, because I believe we need an active citizenry to keep our country strong. Thanks to the influence of my Dad, I am also a regular blood donor, and I organize our church blood each year. Before I decided to spend most of my time and money on raising children, I learned to fly, earning my private pilot's license with instrument rating. I love to read, but I think math can be fun, too, which is what I am always telling my kids. My husband and I stay very involved with our children's schooling and with their other activities, as well as making our contribution to all that the church has to offer. This keeps us strong as a family. My hobby is baking, and I have collected a large number of fantastic recipes, from Cream Cheese Chocolate Praline Torte to Chewy Gingersnaps to "Scripture Bars." A perfect morning for me consists of baking one of these favorite recipes to take to a friend, listening to talk radio, and chatting with the kids as they take turns popping into the kitchen for a taste of whatever I'm making. Of course, I always make a double batch, so that we'll have a treat for ourselves as well!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the church is headquartered, but my family did not teach me anything about religion, and we never attended any religious services. As a carefree 19-year-old, I really never thought about there being a God at all until I began dating a church member whom I had met in a university class. Within a few months, he had invited me to attend church with him, and I really wanted to go, but I didn't own a single dress or even a skirt. I had to borrow a skirt from my mom-- ha, ha, how embarrassing! As we continued to date, I continued to attend church, and after about two years, I knew quite a lot of church doctrine and practices. Unbeknownst to me, a testimony of the church had taken root in my heart, but it was not until a complete stranger asked me about the church that I realized this. While working at the airport, I was approached by an out-of-town visitor who had just toured downtown Salt Lake City and Temple Square. He asked me to remind him of the name of the man who was the founder of the church. Of course, I knew he was trying to remember the name of Joseph Smith, but the Spirit told me to say that church members believe that Jesus Christ is the founder of the church. At the moment I spoke those words, I realized that I believed that, too! The testimony that had been quietly growing inside me bloomed at that very moment, and I became aware of it for the first time. Before the year was over, I had chosen to be baptized. And the following year, in the Salt Lake Temple, I married that nice, Mormon boy that I had been dating for so long! So, long story short, I would say that I am a Mormon because I love the Savior, and this is His church. Despite any imperfections introduced by man, this is the church of Jesus Christ. Staying close to the church and following the prophet is leading me and my family back to our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am serving in the church as the director of public affairs for my local area. It’s very exciting, because I get to help my fellow church members be more involved with their communities through this position, as well as write interesting stories about our local congregation for our county newspapers. For instance, I am currently working on helping our local congregations partner with other churches for a summer service project. And I recently sent a story to our small town paper about one of our Boy Scouts who, for his Eagle Scout project, raised money and installed needed equipment at our local animal shelter. I really love spreading news about the church and its wonderful members! Over the years, I have also served in many other capacities at church, from nursery leader to Sunday School teacher to activities director to head of the women’s auxiliary. My most important calling, however, will always be that of wife and mother, as I strive as an equal partner with my husband to raise responsible, caring children who will make choices that build their faith in Jesus Christ.