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Hi I'm Jennie

I love chickens, interior design, stacks of books, chocolate brownies, and the two men in my life: my husband and son.

About Me

I'm a pretty typical mormon: returned missionary, piano player, service oriented. However, there is one thing that sets me apart from all of the other families in the pews at church. I only have one child. That's right. One. I don't drive a mini-van or store kids clothes in bins for hand-me-downs. I just have ONE. This was not my plan; I wanted seven. Despite years of medical treatments, tens of thousands of dollars, and constant pleadings to my Heavenly Father, I have been unable to have more children. It has been a process, but I am at a point now where I can talk about my infertility without bursting into tears or feeling angry. I KNOW that Heavenly Father has a plan for me. It does not involve children in my home the way I thought it would, but it does involve serving and loving and caring. I am so thankful for the little family I DO have and for they joy they bring me each day. Our family motto is LIVE FOR OTHERS. We report to one another each week how we have reached out and lifted our neighbors and friends. We are grateful for opportunities to share Christ's love.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in a God who loves His children. I believe we are on earth for a purpose. I believe in a life after this one. My mom passed away unexpectedly a couple of years ago. My heart ached at her passing. I was losing my best friend. How would I go on? Who would I talk to on the phone each day while my son was napping? Who would be the adoring grandmother to my children? Who would laugh with me about silly mistakes I'd made or things I'd said? As I gathered my little family together to make the journey home for mom's funeral, I was overcome with a peace unlike anything I had ever felt before. In truth, heaven had never felt so close. I knew that mom was safe, that she was happy. I knew that there was a plan...a plan for all of God's children...and death was just a part of it. There are days when I miss mom immensely; days when I long to just have a conversation, or ask a question, or just be in her presence. But I believe that I am in her presence more often than I realize. She is near. Death is a separation from the living, but a necessary step in our eternal journey. I know I will see mom again. I will be with her forever!

How I live my faith

I currently serve the women of the church in an organization called Relief Society. I assist in providing spiritual and temporal assistance to my 'sisters' in all stages of life. Specifically, I am responsible for planning a monthly meeting, usually held in the evening, for women in this organization. I select topics in line with gospel teachings that support the role of Relief Society such as marriage and family, service, family history, home enrichment, and self reliance. Serving in and being a member of Relief Society strengthens me!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Full-time missionary service is a responsibility of young men who hold the priesthood beginning at the age of 18. Young women are also welcome to serve beginning at age 19. All full-time missionaries, including senior couples, volunteer their time and pay their own way to one of over 300 designated missions throughout the world. Although not called as full-time missionaries, all members are encouraged to serve others and share the message of the gospel with friends and neighbors. In addition to helping others find doctrinal truth, we become more Christ-like as we serve those in need. My husband and I both chose to serve full-time missions. We are forever changed because of the sacrifice and service we gave at a young age. We hope to continue sharing the joy of the gospel with others throughout our lives. Show more Show less