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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a twenty-something, single, working woman. I write essays, help others with personal style, ballroom dance, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Dallas, grew up in Connecticut, and have lived in California and Utah, so while I'm pretty sure I have a non-regional accent, the East Coast will always be home to me. I studied at Humanities at Brigham Young University and hope to have an MFA in Creative Nonfiction at some point in my life. I love to write essays about people and who they spend time with and what they eat and why they like to read about other individual's religious beliefs. Because that's what makes life so interesting to me: getting to the core of the emotions that drive our actions. When I was thirteen my parents separated, later divorcing right before my fourteenth birthday and that began my path of trying to discover how to be a whole and complete person in a world that doesn't necessarily make that very easy. There's been some really tough stuff along the way, and I haven't always handled things correctly, but it's all a part of the process.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon, and I was born a Mormon, and when I was eight I was baptized a Mormon, and when I was about seventeen I felt I was a Mormon, and when I was 23 I knew I was a Mormon. It's not something I can explain adequately, this concept of personal conversion and faith, but it is extraordinarily personal and special to me. When I was little I had this intense faith; I knew that there was a God and that He cared. It came in handy during those difficult years when I felt there was nothing else to support me, and I could never deny the unique experiences and emotions I've had with regard to my faith. I believe in the power of community and the power of family and the power of serving both. I grew up in an area with just a few Mormons, and my congregation was extremely tight-knit. From this experience I've learned that through that special form of community we can greater accomplish what I believe we are here for: to do good.

How I live my faith

My favorite callings have always involved teaching. Teaching to kids, or teenagers, or my own peers. In the past I've been in charge of a massive choir and I've played the piano for services and I've helped with the fun activities we can have in our single's wards. I'm a really musical person, so I often work in areas of music, but there is nothing like helping lead a discussion about how we can be more like Jesus to one another. Whether one on one when I visit teach other young women in the ward, or in a larger setting on Sundays during a lesson. Being a part of building each other through individual insight or experience is powerful. In the end I live my faith in who I am as a person. I believe in being kind, in treating others with respect, in seeking to understand how to help them find happiness. I believe in searching within myself every day to better know myself and who God wants me to be. Faith and devotion and worship are quite personal to me, and sometimes might not be the same as another individual, which I find to be quite beautiful. Ultimately, I'm trying to be like Jesus.