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Hi I'm Jill

I have lived my whole life in Brisbane, Australia. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - a 'Mormon'.

About Me

I have been married for 33 years. My husband and I have 4 wonderful children and 5 beautiful grandchildren. I work part-time as an Administration Officer in a school. I love family gatherings, camping trips, music (particularly singing alto in choirs), cooking for small crowds and going to church. My husband and I are currently serving voluntarily full-time in the Texas San Antonio Mission. Our missionary assignment is in Church Education, where we teach and work with young adults in this area. A 'chaplaincy' would probably be the simplest way to describe what we are doing. We have loved our year here so far, and look forward to many more rewarding experiences before returning to Australia in June 2015.

Why I am a Mormon

I will be forever grateful for wise parents who listened to the message that the missionaries shared with them when I was a toddler. As a result of their baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was raised in the gospel and have remained faithful all my life. My Dad gained a testimony of The Book of Mormon almost as soon as it was presented to him. His mother raised him a Christian, but it puzzled him why we only had the Bible which talks of areas around Jerusalem, when surely The Lord would have visited other parts of the world as well. The Book of Mormon immediately made sense to him. My mother didn't really have a Christian upbringing, but from the little she'd experienced, she couldn't understand the idea of the trinity. She felt that God, Jesus Christ and The Holy Ghost should be three separate beings. When this doctrine was taught to her by the missionaries, she believed it. She also appreciated what she heard about there being no need for infant baptism, as she couldn't accept that babies who died before baptism could be damned by a loving God. 'Mormonism' is a lifestyle, not a go-to-church-on-Sunday religion. It's a lifestyle that has deeply blessed my life, and now blesses the lives of my children and grandchildren. We are an eternal family through being sealed together in the temple. I cannot remember a time that I didn't know that what I was being taught was true and I'm excited to be able to share this truth full-time as a missionary.

How I live my faith

I love to participate in activities that can be of service to my family and those around me. As mentioned earlier, my husband and I are serving a full-time mission. Most Mormon missionaries are young single adults, but older couples are also encouraged to participate in missionary service, if finances and personal circumstances permit. This is something we've always looked forward to doing as a couple and that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:17 in The Book of Mormon) Throughout my life as a Mormon, I have had many opportunities to serve others, both in and out of the church. I have taught Sunday School lessons to all ages, from nursery to adults. I have taught youth and young adult Gospel study courses and been a leader in our youth programs. I have sung in choirs, both at church and within the community. I have organised many activities and I spent 13 years on Parents' and Citizens' Associations while my children were at school. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy and I love to find ways of showing this to those I meet. I'm generally seen as a cheery, friendly, busy person! I don't say all this to brag - I'm very happy with my life and want others to share in that happiness. I know that families can be together forever - not just until 'death do us part'. This alone is enough to make me smile! I love my husband, children, grandchildren and extended family dearly and look forward to spending eternity with them.