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Hi I'm Jennifer

I love my family, national parks, wildflowers, homemade bread, and computers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an LDS family in area without many Mormons. I moved to Utah to attend BYU, and I stayed here after I graduated with a bachelors degree in sociology and communications. I met my husband at a software company where we both worked creating software documentation. I worked for many years in the field, and I loved it. Now my husband is a lawyer and a soldier in the Army Reserve. I'm a stay-at-home mom with three children at home. I enjoy spending time with my husband and children. They are my best friends. I also enjoy photography, hiking, volunteering at my children's schools, and dabbling with computer projects that range from technical writing to digital scrapbooking. I'm a pathological multi-tasker, and I'm working on learning to say NO sometimes so that I can do a better job with the things that I choose to tackle. I believe the saying, "Life's what you make it." I'm making mine great!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the LDS church. As a teenager, when I had questions about life, I sought answers to my questions in the Church and in the scriptures. I especially loved Seminary, which is a church education program for high school students. That is where I really developed a strong testimony. To this day, I read and love the "scripture mastery" scriptures that students learn in Seminary. The real reason I'm still an active member of the Church is that I know I am happier when I live my life in accordance with the scriptures and the gospel as I have learned it through my experiences with the Church. I know so many people outside of the Church who are great people with good values--and yet many of them share a certain cynicism about life. The gospel is an anchor for me. I see time-honored values, like virtue and family life, being eroded in modern society, to everyone's detriment. I like knowing that truth is unchanging. Good principles don't need updating. The things that prophets taught in the scriptures are still true today. Though we've made enormous advancements in technology and though our lives--at a glance--may look so different from those of people who lived long ago, human nature has not evolved through time, and neither has God's love for us and the guidance he gives us. God's plan of happiness applies equally to all human beings who have ever lived on Earth. As I've moved from one home to another and traveled to different places on vacations, I've attended Church meetings. I love feeling like there's a place where I "belong," no matter where I go. It's true that the Mormon church asks a lot of its members, but I feel the sacrifices are worth making for the blessings I receive in return.

How I live my faith

I attend church meetings every Sunday, even when I'm on vacation. I pray and read the scriptures every day. Together with others in my congregation, I abstain from food one Sunday a month to focus on spiritual growth and ponder issues or questions that I have about my life or people close to me. I try to apply the things I've learned to the way I live every day. I work with the teenagers in my congregation. I teach lessons on Sunday during our church meetings, and I also help plan and run a mid-week youth activity every week. During the summer, I attend a girls camp with the teenage girls and other leaders and also a youth conference with teenage girls and boys ages 14-17. I love working with the youth of the Church because they embody the fun and energy of teenagers, and yet they have good morals. I feel confident many of these youth will grow up to be great adults, and it's nice to be around them. I am also a member of an organization for adult women. I attend activities with these women, and I visit three other ladies every month to share an inspirational message and provide friendship and moral support. With my friends in the church, I perform service such as visiting elderly people who are confined to rest homes and gathering food and clothing and toys for the less fortunate. We also have a group garden that we work together to plant, tend, and harvest. We have occasional meetings together to discuss our ideas and to encourage each other during times of difficulty. Sometimes we get together just to have fun!

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jennifer
Women in the Mormon church lead in many ways, though we do not hold the priesthood. In addition to presiding over their own women's organization, the Relief Society, women teach classes. Women preside over groups of children and teenage girls in organizations established for the youth. In the U.S., women can lead Church units of the Scouting program. Women participate in leadership committees that guide the Church at every level (local congregations, groups of congregations, and Church-wide). With so many opportunities to lead within the Church, I personally have never wished for more opportunities than those that are available to women! Show more Show less