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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a military wife (retired), I'm a Mom, I'm a high school English teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California in a somewhat sheltered existence. I lived in the same home my entire childhood, went to the same church building and the same schools. I lived only a mile from my grandparents, and most of my 10 aunts and uncles, along with all my cousins lived within 20 minutes. My amazing mother stayed home to raise me and my three brothers. My dad was a teacher at the high school in my hometown, so I went to the school where my dad taught, which I loved! Now contrast this with the next 15 years of my life: I married a U.S. Navy man and he took me and our children around the world! We lived in Catania, Italy, where we both became fluent in Italian and made the most of every moment living in Europe, from traveling to learning the culture. We lived in Oahu, Hawaii, which was so rewarding since I am part Hawaiian and I was able to experience the Hawaiian culture on an entirely new level. We lived just for a short time in Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C., but it was long enough for me to gain an entirely new appreciation for this great democratic government. The people in Wisconsin warmed my heart that the brutally cold weather tried to freeze--literally! Now the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains is a backdrop for our new, hopefully permanent home. I am a high school English teacher. I have always loved reading and writing, but now I get to try to share that passion with 170 teens each day! Love it!

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon for me all comes down to family. I believe that even after death I will be able to live with my family for eternity. In an LDS temple, a special ceremony takes place that seals, or bonds, a family together not only for time, but for all eternity. My maternal grandparents are sealed to eachother and their 11 children, my parents are sealed to eachother and their four children, and I am sealed to my husband, Larry, and our three children. Why do I try so hard to live the commandments? Because I want to be worthy to be a part of this amazing family forever! One of my favorite songs I sing at church says, "Families can be together forever, through Heavenly Father's plan. I always want to be with my own family, and the Lord has shown me how I can." Not only my biological family, but the organization of the church mimics the organization of the family.In fact, we refer to the members of a Ward (congregation) as a Ward family! I can't tell you how much this has meant to me over the last 15 years! I married a military man, and the U.S. Navy took us from California, to Italy, to Hawaii, to Maryland, to Wisconsin. It was hard to leave my close-knit extended family in California, but the Ward families I gained everywhere I went were priceless. Dear friends in il Ramo di Catania, in the Waipahu Ward, in the Rockville Ward, in the Kenosha Ward, and now in the Perry Park Ward made sure we never spent a holiday alone and acted as surrogate Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles to my children. Family is what it's all about!

How I live my faith

Service. Service. Service. The gospel of Jesus Christ allows me to understand that we are all daughters and sons of our Heavenly Father. Since family means everything to me, how can I not try to serve my fellow brothers and sisters? In the church I spent several years working with the Young Women, the teenage girls in the church. I've taught young children each Sunday. I've taught adult Sunday School, weekly lessons about the scriptures. I've worked with the adult women in the church, which I am doing currently as I teach the women a Sunday lesson about the scriptures and doctrine of the church.