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Hi I'm Jen

I am an avid reader who loves to bake, waterski and teach piano. I am a mom of 3 active boys and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mom of 3 boys, I love to waterski and play basketball. I love to read, cook and make bread. I like to experience life and love to learn how to do new things. I was a piano major in college and so now I run a small piano studio from home. My husband and I like musical theater and are avid lindy hoppers!

Why I am a Mormon

 First I am a mormon because that's the church that my parents belonged to when I was a child and that's where they took me each Sunday. And second, I am a mormon because when I became a teenager I wanted to decide for myself. The summer after my sophmore year of high school I read the Book of Mormon in a week. It was an AMAZING experience. At the end of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni says that after you have read these things in the Book of Mormon that, "I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." After reading that scripture, that is exactly what I did. I really, really wanted to know for myself if what I read was true and so I prayed and asked God. I felt a burning in my heart and it spread through my entire body, the hairs on the back of my neck and arms stood up and it lasted for several minutes. If I had to put an emotion to what I was feeling, I would have to say it was an over-powering love and peace. It was such an amazing experience that I will never forget. Since that experience I have had many more experiences like that throughout my life of the spirit testifying to me of truth. And that is why I am still a mormon!! 

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by trying to follow the teachings of Jesus. It sounds simple, but it's not. Everyday there is always room for improvement, especially because I am a mom and I know my kids are watching me and learning from me. I like to volunteer and participate in my ward, and one way I do this is by visiting a couple of friends from my ward each month. I have been assigned a companion another woman from my church and together we visit 2 other sister's and check in with them each month. We befriend them, love them, make sure their needs are met and see if there is any help that we can give them. There are 2 friends from my ward that are assigned each month to come and check on my needs as well. I think that the support that I have been able to give as well as receive through this program has been inspiring. My husband and I live in a state where we have no other relatives. Life offers many ups and downs and it has been such a blessing to be able to be a support system for other women as well as have someone to reach out to for help when times call for it. 

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jen
This is one of the most frequent questions I am asked when people find out that I am a mormon. "What? you can't tell me you have never had a sip of beer or wine!" "You have never had coffee??" Nope, I never had. The first thing that goes through people's minds is that mormon's sure have a lot of strange, resticting rules that they have to follow! But really if you think about it, God has given us a precious gift of a physical body. He wants us to love it and to care for it. I can't tell you how many times I have been thankful throughout my life that I have never needed alcohol to relax after a long day or when I am out with my friends to help me feel confident. I have never needed a cup of coffee in the morning so I can function. And because of that I have never experienced such ill effects of drinking too much, smoking or forming addictions that only make worse choices easier to make. The amazing thing is that the Lord revealed the Law of Health to Joseph Smith years and years before people even realized the awful effects of tobacco and alcohol. It definitely takes faith to make the decision to follow a prophet because we may not understand why the Lord asks us to do certain things or live a certain way. But, the Lord sees and knows everything and if we trust in that, then our lives will be blessed! Show more Show less