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Hi I'm Jennifer

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a bookworm. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I graduated as the valedictorian of both my high school and my university department. I love to learn! I have been married to my wonderful husband for over fifteen years. I am a stay-at-home mother of six children--two girls and four boys--one of whom died two hours following his birth. I've lived in Japan--one of our daughters was even born there--and have traveled throughout Asia. I hope someday to return to live there again. I love to read! I also listen extensively to recorded books and talks. I play the piano, viola, and organ. I cross-stitch. My yard has over fifty rose bushes and twelve fruit trees that I prune and take care of. I homeschool a couple of our children and volunteer in the others' schools and classrooms.

Why I am a Mormon

My roots in the church run very deep--many generations of my family have been faithful and committed members, and they passed along their faith and commitment to each generation. I grew up hearing the stories of their faith and sacrifice and it shaped my beliefs and the depth of my own personal faith and commitment. Despite my heritage, there comes a time when you have to ask yourself if you really believe it or not. My answer to that question has always been yes. But, a small voice still questions if the reason that you say yes is because you haven't experienced anything really difficult that could shake you to the core. Today, I have been, at least partially, to that place. When we learned a couple of years ago that our son would not live, I had two choices. I could turn away from my beliefs because they weren't the answer after all and blame God, or I could find that indeed I did believe and trust God and His plan for me. Even with the experience of losing a child, I can still say I believe. My faith is an anchor in our troubled world. My faith gives me hope. I know who I am and what I should do to be happy. I find peace and security as I turn to the Savior. I find the strength to pass through the hard times of life--like the death of our infant son--as I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I am not paralyzed with fear or grief because I have the Gift of the Holy Ghost and He can be a constant guide and comforter. I like knowing the way to go. I like having a living prophet in addition to the ancient prophets of scripture who speaks for God and points out the way. I am a Mormon because God communicates with His children. He has answered me again and again.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith every day--in every thing I do. It is who I am. I put a career on hold in order to concentrate on the most important thing--my family. We read scriptures every day as a family. We also sing a hymn or children's song and pray. Monday nights are set aside to teach our children the gospel of Jesus Christ and to spend time together. We attend church every Sunday together. I play the organ for the hymn singing in our weekly worship service called Sacrament Meeting. I also play the piano for the hymn singing in our women's meeting known as Relief Society.  I do the things that will keep me close to the Spirit like praying, reading the scriptures, and choosing media and music wisely.