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Hi I'm Jennie

Teacher by trade... Wife & Mother by Choice! I have 4 wonderful children & being their advocate is my top priority! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of five children and the only girl!! I grew up in a small town in northern Florida. I attended school in Idaho and Florida before graduating with a degree in teaching. I taught 6th grade ancient civilizations/geography as well as 8th grade special education in New Mexico. I met & married my husband in New Mexico and we are now living in Arizona. Our children have been such a big part of our lives. I have children with multiple disabilities which means we spend a lot of time in doctors offices & hospitals. I have learned so much about true Christ-like love through my children and the people that we come in contact with on a daily bases. Our family participates in support organizations and fundraising groups that bring awareness to our children's conditions. We often hear that we have our hands full & are thought to be crazy for having four children! Each of our sweet children have brought us such joy though. We wouldn't have life any other way. As we continue our journey I try to stop a lot more and enjoy moments. I often feel that when you are going through the motions just trying to get by we forget to enjoy life and the little things that make it so special. I am a huge Disney fan and love getting to not only visit the parks, but learn about trivia & special events as well. Sports have always been a big part of my life, having four brothers & growing up in the south will do that to ya! Our family can be caught enjoying sporting events together quite often!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the south and being Mormon can sometimes be a challenge! I often had high school teachers waiting with questions for me at school. I clung to my faith though, and attended seminary LDS morning scripture study everyday before school. The testimony that I built in high school and having to truly fight for what I believed in--my testimony of Christ and the gospel--is what catches me and lifts me back up, even in my darkest of days. How easy it would have been to give into my peers and not have followed my religion. As I have grown into an adult and mother how grateful I am for those experiences. To know that God lives and His son Jesus Christ gave His life for me is truly a gift. I love knowing that God loves us so much that He has sent prophets and leaders to us just as He did when Moses and Christ walked the earth. When I went off to college I had the opportunity for the first time to stand on my own without my parents or leaders to fall back on. Going to church was for the first time truly my call. I went, I participated and as I attended devotionals and listened to testimonies of General Authorities and other students I began to truly know for myself that the gospel was and is true. I can still remember to this day writing to my parents and expressing my joy in knowing that I had MY OWN testimony! To know that we have modern day revelation and that God truly can relay messages to us is such a strength to me. Listening to General Conference and having prayers answered and receiving guidance for the following months is so amazing. As I walk through this life I am so grateful for the gospel. To know that Christ had felt and experienced every pain and joy in the Garden of Gethsemane helps me know that as I pray He understands and can truly help me through my trials and celebrate my victories. I know that God lives. I know that we are truly in the palm of His hands and that He not only loves us, but is aware of us.

How I live my faith

I am the first to say that I am not perfect! I do however take my beliefs and faith very seriously. Our family attends church each Sunday and with our little ones having their sensory issues and special needs it isn't always easy. My husband and I know though that just putting forth the effort is important. Three hours on Sunday, Family Home Evening on Mondays we truly try to make it each week, but sometimes fail Scouts and activities throughout the week...these are the basics. Family Prayer and scripture study is important to our family as well. Living our faith has to happen outside our home as well though. I truly try to teach our children to love everyone. Never judge, because you would never want to be judged. Good thoughts, clean language and modest attire and great starts to living our faith. I truly believe that if we can be our best selves by being hard workers that truly care for not only our family, but our community our faith shines through. I am not the type of person to shout from the roof tops that I am Mormon, but I try to live each day in such a way that people respect me. I think that by being trustworthy, honest and hardworking are the best ways to truly live my faith. Example truly goes a long in my example of living my faith.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

The Bible is the true word of God when it is translated correctly. The Mormon church uses the King James version of the Bible. While growing up in the bible belt it was very powerful for me to know and study the Bible. Many questions that people have about the Mormon church can be answered through the Bible. Knowing that God taught his earlier prophets that another book would come forth and that his church would be restored to the earth was documented throughout the bible and are great foundations of our church. Show more Show less