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Hi I'm Jennifer

I'm a Mormon. I am a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a legal assistant, a volunteer, and...happy (and tired)!

About Me

I am a married mother of four boys. My oldest is serving a mission for the Church in Concepcion, Chile right now. I also have a son who is a senior in high school, one who is an 8th grader, and last but not least, a son who is a 4th grader. I work as a legal assistant in a big city but I live in the suburbs, so a lot of my time is spent commuting, which gives me a lot of time to talk on the phone and to listen to books on CD, which are two of my favorite things to do. I LOVE to read and would read all day long if I could. I majored in English when I went to BYU (more years ago than I'd care to admit) and I really developed a love of literature at that time. I also like to get out early in the morning and walk (and I also love to sleep in on weekends). I like to write and I also like to cross stitch, two things that I don't do as much as I would like. I also like to have a clean house, which really frustrates me sometimes because my house is not always as clean as I would like, but I do what I can do. My number one priority is my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people might say that I am a Mormon because I was born to Mormon parents. I have ancestors that came across the plains with the Mormon pioneers. It might not seem like I have a phenomenal conversion story, but I think in reality I do. My conversion was different from someone who was taught the gospel and embraced it later in life; rather, I had to decide for myself whether or not I was truly converted to my religion. As a young person I was, quite honestly, not converted. But as I got older and thought seriously about the questions of mortality and family and happiness, I weighed and measured the ideas that the world has to offer on "the meaning of life" and I came to realize that everything that made sense to me is actually embodied in the teachings of Mormonism. The things I considered are 1) where did I come from; 2) why am I here; and 3) where am I going. I know, nothing philosophically new there, but the really great thing is that I already had the answers to those questions! I am a spirit daughter of my Father-in-Heaven and I lived with Him before I was born. I am here because God gave me the opportunity to have a mortal body and to use it along with my free agency to prove my ability and willingness to follow Him. I am also here to develop the family relationships that I will carry on with me throughout eternity. And as for the future, I have the opportunity to live with my Heavenly Father and his son (my elder brother), Jesus Christ, along with my family.

How I live my faith

I work with the youth in our ward, specifically the 14 and 15-year-old girls. They are such impressive people and I am really proud of all of them and how they deal with all of the difficulties that come with being a teenage girl these days. I teach a lesson to the girls on Sundays and then there is a fun activity for all of the youth every week, usually on Wednesday, so I go to those activities too. I am also a visiting teacher, which means I am assigned three women in my ward and I am also assigned a partner, and my partner and I go and visit these women each month to check in, see how they're doing, provide support and just develop friendships with them. Visiting teaching has been a real blessing in my life. I've made friends with some women who I probably wouldn't have gotten to know very well if it wasn't for visiting teaching. Some of my favorite people in my ward are two sweet little ladies who are in their 80's. They are just delightful and I love visiting with them and hearing about their lives, past and present. I love how the Church is structured to make sure that everyone is looked after and feels like they have friends who care about them.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jennifer
I wanted to answer this question because I have a son serving a mission in Chile right now. Missionaries proselyte because they love their Savior, Jesus Christ, and their Father in Heaven, and they want to share the gospel with everyone in the world! That's not to say that it isn't hard for a young man or a young woman to give up everything in his or her life as they know it to go out and serve a mission for 2 years. It's very difficult, and it's so very hard for their families to see them go. But the blessings of sharing the gospel far outweigh the sacrifices. The missionaries proselyte because if they didn't, there are wonderful people in the world who would never get the chance to hear about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The missionaries ride their bikes and walk in the heat, the cold, the snow and the rain; they have doors slammed in their faces; they get bitten by dogs; they get laughed at and made fun of; and they face many other difficulties. Why on earth would they go through that if they didn't KNOW the Church was true? They wouldn't! All of those difficulties are worth it if they can find the diamond in the rough, the person who is seeking the truth and happiness that come only from knowing God and his Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less