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Hi I'm Jill

My daughter is a cancer survivor. I am a pianist. I am a mom. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Music, specifically the piano, is one of my greatest passions. I studied piano performance in college and I have been teaching piano for many years. I enjoy sharing my love of music with my four young children. Our family enjoys being together, going camping and making s'mores, making sand castles at the beach, and playing duck duck goose in our family room. I am so blessed to be married to my best friend. My husband is such a wonderful example of selflessness and compassion. Our third child won a battle with a rare form of leukemia when she was two years old. It was one of the hardest times in my life as our family was torn apart between hospital and home. I was able to survive her cancer and our struggles through the many prayers and answers I received from my loving Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a smile on my face and a good feeling in my heart because I know that God is my Father, a real father who loves me and wants the best for me. While our daughter was in critical condition battling cancer, my loving Heavenly Father answered many of my prayers and helped me know that I was His daughter and that He loved my very sick daughter more than I could imagine. I know that His Son, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for me. I have read the Book of Mormon many times. I recall back in my college days that I had made a goal to read it every morning before going to class. On one particular morning as I was reading, I felt a great amount of love pour over my body, I felt so strongly that what I was reading was true. The Book of Mormon has brought me closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. It has helped me to be a better mom. It has helped me to be more selfless. It has helped me to understand the plan that Heavenly Father has for me. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church here on earth. It bears His name, it is His church. I am happy to be a member of His church and I am happy to share with others my joy in Christ's gospel.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday. I live it in how I treat my family and how I choose to treat those around me. As our daughter was being treated in the hospital for her cancer there were many opportunities for me to get upset with doctors and staff. I decided from the beginnings of her treatments that I would do my best to not be upset or get offended if something went wrong. The time soon came that one of our nurses made a huge mistake, something that could have seriously hurt my daughter. The nurse went outside our room to talk to her supervisor. I had a few moments to think about how I was going to react to her mistake. She came back into the room with a seriously worried look on her face and explained to my husband and I what had gone wrong and how sorry she was. Instead of telling the nurse off or later spreading rumors about that nurse's abilities, my husband and I chose to console her for her mistake and help her feel that we were not upset with her. She was completely amazed that we weren't upset with her and told us so. I believe that through our daily actions we show others how we feel about ourselves and how we feel about our Savior.