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Hi I'm Jennifer

I'm a writer, a scholar, a teacher, a rhetorician, a consultant, a lawyer-in-training, an entrepreneur, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second child and oldest daughter in a family with six kids and two wonderful parents. I grew up in Arizona, went to college and graduate school in Utah, worked for 6 years in Washington, DC, and recently moved to California to go to law school. I love the power that language has to connect people, build communities, create knowledge, and change the world. It's that passion, which has led me professionally and academically from writing to editing to research to teaching to consulting to entrepreneurship and business, and now to law, politics and public policy. While in law school I'm learning how to make documentary films, helping to promote professional opportunities and advancement for women and minorities, building social enterprise start-ups, and helping to host a national professional conference. But, the greatest joy in my life comes from spending time with my family, building life-long friendships with people from all walks of life, and finding the beauty in all of life's ups and downs.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because living the Gospel of Jesus Christ has brought me continuing peace and happiness through the many twists and turns my life has taken. I have turned to Christ in times of sadness, loss, confusion, and all sorts of challenges and decisions. Each time I have found comfort, strength, inspiration and direction as I live my faith through prayer, worship, study, and service. My own life experiences have taught me that God knows and loves each of us individually. Not only is there room in the gospel for everyone, but there is beauty and power and strength in diversity. Each of us has unique experiences, perspectives and expression that allow us connect individually with our loving Heavenly Father and better serve our fellow men. As someone who has spent much of my life in academic and intellectual pursuits, I appreciate the value of asking questions and reasoning through difficult problems. For me, doubt is an invitation to work harder, to search for more information, and to seek a deeper understanding. I've come to realize that, especially in spiritual matters, the distance between our hearts and our minds is not always a far as we think. I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and gained a testimony of its truth. I know that through the blessings of the temple, my family is eternal. I am a Mormon because I know that God lives, that He loves me, and that my life here has meaning, purpose, and direction.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith begins with by loving people. I look for opportunities to make friends and serve others wherever I am. Within my congregation, I get to teach Sunday School. Each week, I have the opportunity to study the scriptures and then lead a discussion with the adults in my congregation. I love that I have the chance to use both my mind and my heart to help uplift and inspire people each week. In my community, I work with charities and non-profits, mentor others, volunteer at a pro bono legal clinic, and lead several different student organizations. While some may see this as my "professional life" and not my "religious life", it is my faith that inspires me each day to look beyond myself and use my talents and opportunities to help make the world a little bit better every day.