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Hi I'm Jenni

I'm a teacher, and I love teaching math with color. I'm Hard of Hearing, and I love telling stories in ASL. Also, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read. I adore mathematics, but I am not a crazy math person who likes to sit in a cubicle and only has numbers for friends. I love teaching. I actually like substitute teaching better than a stable teaching position. Why? Because I get to meet new people, I get to become a different person everyday, and I can use the same jokes over and over and they don't get old (also, lets be honest, I don't like grading papers). I love my family. They each help me be the best person I can be. Yes, that is a general comment, but if I started telling how they each have changed my life, I would run out of room... suffice it to say, their unique love, strength, and weaknesses have inspired me to grow in different ways. =) I hate mosquitoes, but I know God had a reason to create them... fostering patience? I talk too much, which is one reason I love Sign Language. I love being able to communicate in a language of simplicity and elegance. Signing has brought me closer to my Savior because I have had to deeply think about the Whys of the gospel to be able to express them in a language that puts everything on the table. I love the Deaf. Their struggles and limits make it easier for them to look to God and accept his guidance. I am practical. I like making sure all the details are taken care of. I try to see this as a talent - I am like Martha in the bible... I was sad about this until I read her testimony when Christ came to raise Lazarus from the dead. You should read it. =)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this is the only true and living church. I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and want to follow his commandments. For example, he teaches over and over to repent and be baptized. He was even baptized himself to "fulfill all righteousness." Did he go to just anyone to be baptized? No. He sought out John the Baptist because he had the priesthood: God's authority, or approval, to baptize. That same John came back as an angel in the 1800s and bestowed that priesthood upon Joseph Smith. The priesthood and many other truths have been restored .... oops. I am getting all teachery again, but it really is the reason I am a Mormon - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the full truth. You can read about it all you want, and ask for other's oponions, but until you ask God about what is true with and honest heart and honest intentions, having faith in Jesus, you will never know. I KNOW. I asked God if this church is true, and he answered me. I never saw an angel, I never heard a voice from heaven, I didn't need that to know it is true. (I would like to see or hear something someday, but I know that the assurance that I have from the Spirit of the Lord is stronger than any sign.) Faith is not does not require physically seeing; it does not require physically hearing. Faith requires spiritually seeing; it requires spiritually hearing.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a mission in Anaheim California. I teach the Gospel to the Deaf using Sign Language, actions, pictures, or anything else that would help them understand. I have learned that there is a power and simplicity to the Gospel, that Deaf see and emulate. I love teaching them because of their straightforward faith. I have seen many miracles because of the power of their testimonies. The Lord often places me where I can help others. Sometimes it is hard to balance when I should serve and when I should take care of myself. Once, after a particularly stressful time, I even asked the Lord to not send me anyone to help for a while, that I needed to heal. The Lord listened to that prayer. For a time, I felt relieved, that I had been let out of doing something hard. However, quickly I began missing the opportunity to serve. I learned that happiness comes to me, not as I take, but as I give. I am glad that the Lord has given me the opportunity to serve Him again. I now know that when I struggle to fulfill a responsibility, instead of asking to be let out of it, it is best to ask the Lord for strength to complete the task before me. Then diligently do all in my power to accomplish the task. The Lord has never failed to teach me what I need to know.