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Hi I'm Jill

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah, but I've lived all over the country. I love my life, bumps, scrapes and all!

About Me

I was married to my first husband for 14 years -- give or take. I worried about divorcing him when family is so important to me -- so important in the church and so important to God. As I prayed to know what to do, I came to understand that Heavenly Father wanted me to be treated well and to be happy; much like I want my own children to be happy. As hard as it was, I know divorcing my first husband was the right decision for me and for my children. I was a single mom for a few years. It was hard, but I always felt loved and supported by the members of my ward and my Heavenly Father. My family lives in a different state, so I relied on my ward to help fill in the gaps of being a single parent. Then, through a series of miracles I met my current husband. It became clear that our Heavenly Father had a plan to bring the two of us together. I have worked as a nurse and seen many different people from many different walks of life. However, I would never trade my problems for any one else's. I love my family and spend my days in service to them and to my friends and neighbors. Don't get me wrong, I am far from perfect! I have plenty of flaws. But I do enjoy a good book ( usually a biography) a long lunch with dear friends and a really good foot rub. I think that being a grandmother is one of lifes' greatest rewards. I am happiest when I am surrounded by my family and when I am in the temple-- and if those two happen together, all the better. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I chose to be. I chose each day to try to live as our Savior would have me live. I am a Mormon because I have seen how living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings peace, joy and happiness even amidst the most difficult of trials. I am a Mormon because following the teachings of Jesus Christ is the only way back to heaven with my family -- forever. I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Chirst, in the restoration of His perfect gospel to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith and in the teachings in the Book of Mormon. I know we have a prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, who receives inspiriation from God to help me and all of us, to live our lives better, to be happy and to endure the specific difficulties of our time. I am a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true.

How I live my faith

I think that I live my faith by serving. I have served in many places or positions in the church. I have taught the youngest of children in the nursery (ages 3 - 4 years old) to the teens and also adults. I live my faith by participating as a member of the largest women's orginization in the world; the Relief Society; the women's orginization for those of us over 18. As a member of this wonderful women's group, I have been priveleged to: put together hygiene kits for those who have suffered from natural disasters, sew dresses for little girls in Africa, cook meals for my ailing friends and neighbors, organize celebrations or funerals, teach and visit my fellow sisters in their homes and the list could go on and on. I live my faith by caring for those around me, Mormon or not. I live my faith by keeping the Lord in my heart and mind as I go throughout my day in hopes that I will live each moment has He would have me live. Most recently, I live my faith by serving people whom I've never met and who died years ago. I've been "indexing" names for temple work. This is a program where volunteers like myself, type names from old censuses or birth/marriage record, into computer form that can be accessed by those searching for thier loved ones who have passed on. I love the feeling of finding and typing the name of someone who died long ago yet who is waiting for someone to find them, do their temple work and help them to be with their family forever in heaven. Faith without works is dead; so my faith is much about moving, giving, serving, teaching, living and being the best I can. I live my faith by striving to be like Jesus Christ, each moment of each day. Living this way makes me happy.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jill
The Bible contains the "New Testament" and the "Old Testament". In the Bibie, prophets and apostles testify of Jesus Christ, HIs gospel and His coming. My testimony is when I testify, or tell and talk about who Jesus Christ is to me; He is my Savior, my Redeemer and my Brother. I know he lives. That is just a small part of my testimony of what I know to be true. Show more Show less