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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for camping and hiking. My family and I spend as much time outside as we possibly can, probably in part because it gives my little boys an opportunity to get out their energy and me a chance to enjoy the sunshine in relative peace!

Why I am a Mormon

 While I was born and raised in the church, the reason why I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints is not because it's a tradition or some part of my family culture. When I was about 15 or 16 years old I had an experience when listening to a speaker named Scott Anderson discuss the struggles of pioneers and how they made it through by relying on God. That was the first time in my life when I felt that God loved me from my head to my toe...it was the warmest and calmest feeling, but its strength was undeniable and unforgettable. Even now during tough times I look back and rely on that experience to remember God's love for me as an individual. Since then, I've come to see how the Church is the structure that God uses to share His love with His children. He has restored His preisthood to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith, and used it to organize the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. Because of that, all the ordinances that I need to receive and the covenants that I need to make are given under legitimate authority. As a student, I was a religious studies minor and was unable to find another religion with a valid claim to legitimacy, and I have prayed about the truth of the Joseph Smith story and feel it is true, as I have prayed to know whether or not the Book of Mormon truly is another testament of Jesus Christ, whether the prophets on the earth today are actually ordained to do God's work, and several other things. I suppose when it comes down to the final point, I am a Mormon because I know that God loves me and, through the experiences I have had in my life, I know that His gospel can only be found in this Church. It gives me and my family everything that we need to return to live with God in His presence.

How I live my faith

Currently I work with the Young Women in our ward. This means that I try to help them find unity with God and unity with each other as we strive to build our testimonies and show our faith through our lives. I work with other leaders in planning and carrying out activities designed to strengthen the girls...this can be as varied as a five day camp out to a spa-night in. It definitely takes time and effort to build relationships with the girls, but I can see that it means something to them that someone cares about them and is willing to listen to their concerns. And, I've gained a lot of friends in them too! I'm also a visiting teacher where I meet with a few other women and usually their kids! and share in their lives and work to support them in becoming closer to who they want to be. In my own family, we have a weekly family night, usually on Mondays, that we call Family Home Evening. It's a time where we teach our kids about who they are as children of God, have fun together, and build relationships with each other. I'm around them a lot right now, but I know that will change, and I believe that this tradition will be something that keeps our family close as we grow up together. As for studying the gospel in our home, I am a believer in scripture study and prayer. My boys and I read scriptures together in the morning, I do my own study, and right now my husband and I are studying about the life of our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. We pray as a family in the morning, at mealtimes, and at night, and my husband and I also pray together as a couple every night. And, depending on the day, I pray OFTEN for help and strength to meet my challenges.