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Hi I'm Jill

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, and a teacher. I was raised Episcopalian, but now... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My brother and I were raised by loving parents, surrounded by aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends who instilled in us invaluable truths: God is kind, just and merciful, and we are his children; differences do not make us inequal; love one another and respect others, especially your parents, teachers and above all, the elderly; marriage takes work We were raised to believe that we were inherently good, could be anything if we applied ourselves, and that a day without music is just a day, and that there wasn't anything that couldn't be made better with a little chocolate. Now married, with children and grandchildren, I pray that I have instilled in them these truths that I now realize are timeless. I taught for several years before retiring, and found the most successful students were those whose families embraced these same values.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Episcopal/Anglican church. My brother served as an acolyte in our parish church in our neighborhood, and in a chapel at a Convent which was several miles from our home. Girls couldn't be acolytes at that time, but that has changed, as have many aspects of the church. Both my brother and I chose that beautiful little chapel in the Convent to be the setting for our weddings. My husband and I began searching for a church shortly after we were married. Each church we attended was nice, and the people were wonderful, but after a year or two, we became disenchanted because we thought there had to be a church that was truly based on the teachings of Christ.

How I live my faith

I lead the music in our church for several years, but recently my husband and I were called to teach children that are preparing for baptism. We believe that children are born perfect -- that they have such pure spirits that they have not need for baptism until they are accountable, at age 8. It's so much fun to work with these kids every week! Their knowledge of the Gospel is amazing and although they sometimes struggle with the vocabulary, they love to read scriptures. What a great example! I am also working on a committee that tries to help others better understand the Church and to forge relationships in the community. It is especially important to clarify our belief in Jesus Christ, that he is the very foundation on which the Church is built!