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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a foster parent and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a creative, religious, life-loving woman. For now I'm a stay at home mom to four children of my own, and have foster parented seven children. My husband of 19 years is my support and counselor through it all.   

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the feelings of my heart and the evidences in my life. Throughout my life I have felt a warmth and a joy in my heart and soul that I associate with good things- which I believe is the Holy Ghost. I enjoy feeling the Holy Ghost and try to do good so that I can feel it often. When I do things that are right, such as following the commandments of God, it results in good things. My life is productive, full, and joyful. While many people have helped me, my testimony is my own. I built it through a battle with depression, many moves across the country, health concerns, motherhood, and marriage. I continue to be amazed at how God loves me as an individual, his daughter. To say simply that I am a Mormon does not adequately express the dynamic influence the gospel of Jesus Christ has had on my life and my soul.  

How I live my faith

Recently, our family has been a foster family. What this means is that we registered with our local child welfare agency as a home that will take in children that must be removed from their own home because it is no longer safe for them. My decision to become a foster parent is related to my faith in Jesus Christ and his gospel. I believe that God is our Heavenly Father, that we are all his spirit children. This heavenly family is echoed in our earthly families. We come to this earth as a member of a family, with a mother and a father. These relationships are sacred, and should be respected. While some parents are in situations that prevent them from appropriately caring for their children, they maintain that special standing in a child's life as their parent. In my work in foster parenting I hope to provide a safe place for a child to stay and be loved while their parents resolve the issues that are keeping them from being the best parent possible. It is possible for people to change, this belief is the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Healing and change are possible through the atonement of Jesus Christ. It is available to every person on this earth. I believe that God will give special help to a parent who wants to change for the better and care for their child. Children are heartbroken to leave their parents, even when the circumstances at home are unbearable. If a child can heal and the parent can learn new skills to parent appropriately it is in everyone's best interest if the family is reunited. I believe in families- their importance in individual children's lives and in our society as a whole. Foster parenting is well worth the difficulty (and it is hard!) because it reunites families, protects children and gives them hope. Providing this service helps my family stay close, to remember to put God and family first.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Jen
Mormon temples are sacred buildings used to worship God. Within LDS temples we make promises to God, that we will keep his commandments, and in return we believe that God promises to bless us. We call this a covenant. The temple is a beautiful, light, peaceful place. It is a place that I go to meditate and seek answers from the Holy Ghost. Often my life is busy and loud. I'm grateful that God has provided temples so that I can have a place to commune with him, refocus my attention on what is most important, find answers, and feel peace.   Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Jen
I believe that husband and wife can be together forever. Marriage is not easy, so much so that we might question if we really want to be together forever. I've been married for almost 19 years and I am just now getting a glimpse of what this relationship does for me. I feel a security with my husband that I have not felt with any other person. I see how working together and supporting each other in our separate endeavors makes us both better. I learn from him and he learns from me. In this relationship we are also able to exercise the principles of the gospel- learning to love, forgive, serve, and commit. Neither of us is perfect, and that seems to be part of why our marriage works. We both have to be humble and forgive to keep it moving forward. Within our 19 years of marriage we have had 4 children together. I can't imagine not being with my children for eternity. Why would God create families, teach us how to treat each other and build relationships through his gospel, only to have them end at death? Our souls are eternal, and our families are meant to be eternal as well. How wonderful to watch a soul that you gave birth to grow and mature into eternity! Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jen
Ward/stake/branch are all labels for groups of people that worship together, also known as a congregation. These congregations are mostly determined by geographic boundaries. Branches are small congregations, anywhere from 10 to 150 people, usually in areas where there are not a high density of church members. Wards are larger congregations, from 150 to 600 people. A stake is a unifying body comprised of branches and wards. When wards and branches join together as a stake for conferences, service projects, or other events, the members are strengthened and are better able to meet the diverse needs within their congregations. I have been a part of a ward, a branch, and a stake at different times throughout my life. While the specific experiences can vary - having church meetings with 50 people is much different from meeting with 400 people - the gospel does not vary. The same lesson manuals, scriptures, and guidance are given in church, there is uniformity of doctrine all over the world. This has been a large blessing to me and my family as we travel and move throughout the United States. The gospel of Jesus Christ does not change depending on locality or amount of members, it is constant, just as God the Father is constant. Show more Show less