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Hi I'm Jenny

I'm a single mother raising four children in Appalachia. I'm a bookkeeper, a writer, and an anthropologist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a single mother of four children & I have been underemployed since 2008. I am divorced & my ex-husband is serving time in prison. I have a degree in Anthropology, but my main source of income for the past few years has been as a bookkeeper. Now, I am trying to go back to being an entrepreneur so that I can spend more time with my kids at home. I love to write & find ways to write everyday, whether it is a work of fiction or in my own personal journals. I have self-published my own fiction novel. I clog dance with a group of women from church for fun & exercise, & sometimes we are brave & dance for others to see! I've lived & traveled several places around the U.S. and a little in Germany & Austria. In my opinion, though, no place on Earth beats SE Ohio for great hiking trails! Oh, and I've quit making rigid plans, because I've learned that the Lord's plan is always better than mine!

Why I am a Mormon

I first learned about the Church when I was 19 & living on a military base in Germany with my 1st husband who was in the U.S. Army. The only previous information I had had was what little I'd learned in history class & some nice 30 second advertising messages I'd seen on television. However, as soon as I arrived at the Frankfurt airport, I was greeted by a Latter-Day Saint family that had agreed to pick me up & deliver me to my new "home" where I found that they had also lent my husband & I sheets, blankets, towels, & other essentials to help us until our own household goods arrived. Over the next few months I met & got to know several more members, each introducing me to another. They helped me adjust by recognizing the talents I could share with someone else, & by seeing & meeting my needs as well. In time, I found that I recognized within myself a desire to grow spiritually. As I associated with my Latter-Day Saint friends & asked questions, I felt an inner warmth & confirmation that what I was learning was true on a level that I'd never understood before. Eventually, I met first with a missionary couple from Texas, & then from a set of Elders, both who were from Connecticut. Not only did the backgrounds of all of the people introducing me to the Church (& attending a German-American congregation) help me see that this church was broad, but also that its principles were universal & eternal, & the concepts they shared with me seemed familiar, as if I'd learned them sometime before. I found the Bible & Book of Mormon to be complimentary & that when I prayed I knew I was experiencing peace and joy in my understanding. Despite the countless obstacles that tested both my faith and my courage, I was baptized in Nuremberg, Germany on March 27, a year after meeting that first family at the airport. I have endured many challenges that might have broke my spirit, but my continued faith has sustained me & helped me grow through those times & shine bright for others.

How I live my faith

Learning to live by faith has been a long process for me. Over time I've learned that my plans, even if when noble and well prepared, are never as good as the Lord's plan. I try to remind myself every morning that the Lord has made everything spiritually before he made it physically, including the day. In it the Lord has prepared blessings for me to receive, and all I need to do is live a life prepared to partake in those blessings! If I have the right attitude & live according to His will, then I will feel peace in the evening, even if it was an unexpectedly difficult day. While I do many things during my personal day to help build my faith, like prayer & scripture reading, I also serve & participate in many other activities with others. My older children participate in youth activities & Scouting programs, & my youngest is in cub scouts. I spend time serving as the Family History Director for the Athens Family History Center serving several counties in SE Ohio. There I help others who are searching for their ancestors or compiling family histories. I also participate in Family Search Indexing helping to transfer original documents such as marriage or census records for easy internet search. (It brings out my inner anthropologist!) On Sunday, I sing tenor in the Ward choir. Over the years I have served in many callings, teaching classes from nursery ages to adult Sunday school class. I have served in auxiliary positions as president, counselor or secretary in the children's Primary & women's organizations. Also, I have served in less recognizable, yet important, positions such as bulletin director, preparedness specialist & on activities committees. I have found that while raising four children alone can be challenging & often isolating, nothing alleviates the stresses of life better than finding ways we can serve others. Whether its helping someone move or baking bread to share, I am thankful for the ways I can teach my children through service and faith.