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Hi I'm Jeri

I'm a mother of three great kids. I'm a Spanish teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Mom. That is really the most accurate way to describe me. I'm definitely not super-mom, but I do spend most of my time trying to take care of my kids the best way I can. I love to go out to dinner with my husband, play cards with my friends, watch my daughter play softball, and go to the movies with my boys.

Why I am a Mormon

Here are a few insights into my life: 1. I have a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and because of that I believe that Joseph Smith restored the church to the earth. However, I have been wishing for a number of years that I could really know that Joseph Smith truly saw what he said he saw. I have always believed it, but I have felt like there was something lacking in my testimony because I really have had some doubts about this event up to this point in my life. 2. I struggle with fasting. I think it’s because I love to eat so much, but it is really hard for me to see the real purpose in going without food and water for 24 long hours. I told my husband yesterday as I started my fast that I believe that our lives are in God’s hands, and that He is in charge of what happens to us both good and bad. I don’t really believe that any amount of praying or fasting can (or should) really alter that course. Prayer helps me feel closer to God, so I feel a real purpose in prayer, but fasting just makes me feel a little weak and shaky, so I have struggled to feel the purpose of fasting. These pieces of information probably don't help explain why I am a Mormon, but if you read on to the "How I Live My Faith" section I think it will make sense.

How I live my faith

Although I was less than excited about it, I started fasting yesterday and I was about 20 hours into the fast when I taught a Primary lesson to the 11 & 12-year old girls in our ward. The lesson was about Joseph Smith’s story. I taught the girls about Joseph’s confusion regarding which church to join and his experience in the Sacred Grove when he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. As I taught the lesson, the spirit was so strong in our classroom that I knew our Heavenly Father was giving me a personal witness through the Holy Ghost that the things I was teaching really happened. I have been praying for a witness like I had today for several years, but my prayer was accompanied by a sincere fast today, and that made it very special. I was blessed not only with a sure testimony that Joseph Smith’s remarkable story is true, but I also learned a lesson that fasting is a way to unlock personal revelation in our lives. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father and to my Savior for blessing me with this experience.