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Hi I'm Jill

I grew up in Utah, but haven't lived there for 25 years! I'm a wife, a mom and a high school choir director. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've kind-of lived my life backwards - I married, started a family, then started back to school. It took nearly 15 years, two cross-country moves, and one more child, but I finally graduated from college (with honors!) 4 years ago. My faith was certainly tested by this goal - but every time I doubted, I was reassured that this was the right path for me. My life has been so blessed - a wonderful supportive family, a hard-working, righteous husband, and 4 completely amazing children that have made such wonderful choices in their own lives, and are continual examples to me. And now, I am able to touch the lives of my students every day through music - I'm a high school choir director. I know my contributions make a difference every day. I know my life is watched and examined every day, and I am more than what I 'say' I am - my students see who I am, and what I believe by what I do - what an awesome responsibility to 'walk the walk'.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been both a 'Utah' Mormon, and a 'Mission-field' Mormon, and I am so grateful for my life in the 'mission-field'! I know I gained a testimony while I was growing up, surrounded by so many strong testimonies. But how much stronger my testimony has grown as I've needed to find out for myself, and not rely so much on the testimonies of those around me. I've needed to choose my actions, rather than just 'go along' with others who made good choices. The Lord knows each one of us, knows the beginning from the end, and knows where our choices will lead us. My Heavenly Father knew the paths I would need to take to build my testimony, and has led me where I needed to be. I can't imagine my life as anything other than being a Mormon. My testimony of eternal families, of living prophets, and of our Saviors everlasting atonement is real - it sustains me, gives me purpose, gives me perspective. I find I am grateful each day in some way that I know the truth - that I have the fullness of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I have worked as a musician in the church for many years - organist, pianist, choir director, chorister - but I've been working with our Stake Young Women for the past year - sitting in Sacrament Meeting, and not having to play or direct anything was kind of a weird transition, but hanging with some of the most amazing young women in the WORLD more than makes up for it! Youth Conference, girls camp - these are the BEST! I love getting to know the young women - spending time with them, talking to them, sharing their joys, fears, hopes. I love seeing the light of the gospel light their faces as the spirit bears witness of truth - nothing is better than that beautiful smile when they realize they are known- they are loved by their Heavenly Father.