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Hi I'm Jill

I'm a divorced single mom, going back to school. I grew up all over the country (12 states!) in a military family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a divorced single mom. My son means everything to me, and I'm working on going back to school to provide a living for us. I work at the hospital caring for patients, and I'm going to nursing school. I love to cook, and consider myself kind of picky about the food I eat (I'm somewhat of a foodie). Lately I've been really interested in making soap! I got into it because I love to be creative in the kitchen, but I didn't want to eat the "whole pan of brownies" every time I wanted to play in the kitchen. So, I've made several batches and have a basement overflowing with curing bars. It seems like everyone I know I've already given soap to, but it makes great gifts. I'm also learning about using essential oils in place of chemicals and medicines in our home. I use them to help me and my son with common ailments like colds and headaches. I'm kind of "granola" that way, and I like to do as many things homemade as I can - but sometimes life is just too busy and I just buy what is convenient.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I feel most happy and at peace when I'm living as God wants me to. I've gone through difficult periods in my life where I lost my faith. I stopped living the way I knew was right. Looking back, those were dark times because I didn't have the spiritual guidance that I needed. I had deliberately turned away from it. I know that if I would have turned to the Lord during those times I would have been comforted and felt more hope about the future. Living the gospel - faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, serving in the Church, serving others, reading the Book of Mormon, praying everyday, keeping the commandments - these things bring me happiness. I've lived both ways - with the Church in my life and without the Church in my life. For me, I'm able to meet the challenges of life with confidence and peace when I am living the gospel.

How I live my faith

I feel like it's really important to teach my son about getting spiritual help with his life. I help him pray to God in the morning when he wakes up, and at night when he goes to bed. I've also found it really helpful to pray with him when he's having an especially difficult day. For example, one afternoon he was really upset - he hadn't napped that morning, and was playing all afternoon so he was pretty tired. On top of that he wasn't getting his way (he wanted so play with something he's not supposed to have). He got himself really worked up crying and screaming. He started doing that hiccup-breathing when you've been crying so hard you can't catch your breath. So I picked him up and hugged him, told him I loved him and was very sorry he was feeling so angry. I asked him to come say a prayer with me. He stopped crying and we knelt down on the floor together. I asked him to fold his arms. I told God that my son was very angry, and explained the situation. I asked Him to help my son feel calm and loved. He calmed right down and let me hold him. I think it's important to teach my son where to turn for answers. I feel like God really cares about how I'm doing, and everything I have and am is because of Grace. It's my privilege to serve in the Church. I help in the children's organization on Sundays. Me and three other women are responsible for the children's classes and sunday school every Sunday. We have alot of young children and they're always such a great example to me of how to be more like Christ. They're so loving and full of faith! I'm always inspired to be better because of their examples. The leader of our congregation (called a Bishop) frequently reminds us how much the Savior loves children, and that if He were to come visit our church, He would come to be with the children. I try to always remember that, and try to serve and love the little ones like Christ does.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are strong, able, and try to help lift other people's burdens. The Church believes women are vital to God's plan. Our prophet, Gordon Hinckley, said of Mother Eve: "Then as His final creation, the crowning of His glorious work, He created woman. I like to regard Eve as His masterpiece after all that had gone before, the final work before He rested from His labors." Women in the church are treated with respect and honor. We're not 2nd-class citizens. Men and women have distinct roles and responsibilities. We honor each gender for their contribution, and in marriage treat each other as equal partners. Show more Show less