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Hi I'm Jennifer.

I'm a wife, mother, attorney, author, medical miracle and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother and wife, an attorney and an entrepreneur, and a medical miracle. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 and suffered uncontrolled blood sugar levels for 28 years. My diabetes had almost destroyed my kidneys and my eyesight and robbed me of the ability to care for my three children. My doctors said I would not live to the age of 40. In 2005, as part of a research protocol, I received islet cell transplants and have not had to take insulin shots for over six years. I am 45 now and look forward to each day I am privileged to live. I know God had a different plan for me than the doctors forecast and I live everyday with the knowledge that with His help I can contribute to the world around me. I don't think I can be a Mother Theresa, but I know I can give more than I take, and bless the lives of others as I have been blessed. With my husband and children we love to hike, bike, kayak, and rock climb. We also enjoy playing music: between the five of us we play the piano, harmonica, mountain banjo, violin, trumpet, bongo drums, bass, and Irish whistle . . . and sometimes it actually sounds good. I highly recommend family bonding and living life at full speed!

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught about my Savior and my Father in Heaven by my parents. They were great examples to me of selfless service and unconditional love. My siblings were my best friends through constant moves, chronic illness, and the ups and downs of normal family life. I learned through their faith to trust God and turn to Him when I felt alone, confused, afraid ... as well as share my gratitude. I felt peace in answer to my prayers. When I went to college and began life on my own I relied on God even more. For direction, comfort, strength. I found answers in the scriptures to my everyday needs, and felt the "peace which passeth all understanding" many times when I struggled with health issues and personal heartache. I gained a deeper appreciation for Christ's atoning sacrifice in my life and His willingness to forgive my mistakes and sins and help me become more like Him. I began to understand my worth as a daughter of God and His role as my loving Father. Proverbs 3:5-6 became my favorite scripture: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." As I raise my own children I want them to feel that same peace and have that same relationship with God. There is no better way to achieve one's full potential than to have an eternal perspective with the knowledge that God is our Father and as His children He will help us every step of the way. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is in living the principles of the gospel that I find the strength to overcome my own challenges and the ability to help others do the same. The gospel restored through the prophet Joseph Smith includes the doctrines and priesthood authority that help me follow my Savior's example. The Church provides the framework and the opportunities to serve, as well as the association with others that I need to return home to live with my Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

The Savior taught that we should love and serve and I try to do that everyday. I appreciate the opportunities the Church provides to serve others. Because it is an all volunteer organization everyone contributes their time and talents through service. I currently work with the girls between the ages of 12 and 18 in our congregation as president of the young women's organization. We teach the girls from the scriptures on Sunday, but we also meet with them once a week in organized activities that hopefully help them understand their divine potential and the power they have to be and do good. Because of Matthew 25:40 I have worked for 30 years to help end homelessness and hunger. I am also involved in my neighborhood and city in community preparedness efforts and community building organizations. I truly believe that a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. My children are becoming involved in community efforts too. We have raised money for cancer awareness, participated in environmental projects, helped in international relief efforts, completed CPR training, and worked with our neighbors to help in other local projects. That seems to me the best way to live my faith: to follow the example of the Savior in helping and serving others.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

My husband and I have three children and our roles are to love and support each other so we can provide a loving, nurturing, safe environment for our children. I learned that from my parents. I always knew, no matter what happened at school or in the world around me, that once I was in the walls of my own home I was safe physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They taught me by their own examples what it means to truly love and that, by following the example of our Savior, we can be happiest. My husband and I work together as equally responsible partners to provide the same examples and love to our children. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

We believe that we are eternal beings, whose lives began before we were born on earth and will continue after we leave this earth. As children of our Father in Heaven we have the potential to become like Him, to live like Him and live with Him . . . that is eternal life. It is much more than just living forever - it is living worthy of being in His presence with those we love forever. Show more Show less