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Hi I'm Jen

I am a busy Mother of 6. My husband has been deployed 3 times. I am Patriotic. I am a BYU graduate. I am an Artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a big family, and am the oldest of six children. My Father worked for a company that sent us to live in many locations through out the world. It gave me a love for travel and an appreciation for other cultures and people. I went to college to learn Art and was the first in my family to graduate. I met my husband at school and after graduation he joined the US Army as a commissioned officer and a pilot. We spent the next 10 years traveling, raising a family, and serving our country. My husband served 3 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many times I was left on the home front with our six children, far from family. The members of the church, where ever I lived, became my support and family away from home. I could count on them for anything and it brought comfort to my husband that we were being so well taken care of! I love this country fiercely and believe in the values this country was founded on, and that they are worth upholding today. After the Army, we pick a small town to settle down in, and my husband started a business of his own. I am usually very busy taking care of my family, but when I do take time for myself, I love to read, organize, create art, and watch cooking and decorating shows. I love learning and looking for the beauty all around us in nature...I can never have enough books or art!

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They joined separately before they met and were married. My father was a Baptist his whole life and my mother was raised Pentecostal. They both are the most spiritual, devout people that I know. What I learned about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as a child and youth, came mostly from observing my parents and many other good member's quiet testimonies of "living" what they knew to be true. I saw the "good fruit" in our lives for it. As a youth, I had a desire to study the scriptures and learn for myself the things of God. As I studied and prayed, and lived the commandments, I gained a personal relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ and a testimony of my own. As a young adult, I chose to serve a mission for 18 months in Houston, TX. As a missionary I met people from all walks of life. Everyday I spoke to people of different cultures, faiths, and religious backgrounds. I felt the overwhelming love Heavenly Father has for all his children, and that these were truly my spiritual brothers and sisters. As I shared the good news of the Gospel with them, my understanding was expanded and my faith was strengthened. I believe we are on this earth for a reason and that God has a plan for us all, a plan that allows us to return to his presence! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints contain all the answers to life's big questions: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? How do we get there? Once you learn these or any answers, you are always encouraged to pray to God directly for your own witness of their truthfulness. You are always encouraged to have a personal relationship with Heavenly Father. As a Mormon, I find comfort in a loving Heavenly Father speaking to us in our day through prophets as his mouth piece; that we need his guidance as much today as in times of old. I also love that He has given us more than one witness of Jesus Christ and his Gospel!

How I live my faith

As a mother, I am always seeking for opportunities to teach my children to be good citizens, to be moral, to be honest, and to know and live the commandments of God. Just as the story of the man who was given a fish could only eat for that night, but the man who was taught to fish could feed himself for a lifetime...It is my greatest desire for my children to have their own personal relationships with Heavenly Father and know how to recognize his Spirit when it speak to them, so they know the source of all spiritual nourishment and all everlasting joy! I am also a children's teacher for the 7 turning 8 year olds at our church. This is an important age because it is the age when children prepare to be baptized and become members of His church. I enjoy finding ways to bring the scriptures to life for them. My husband and I have prayer and scripture study together daily as well as a weekly date night. This has fortified our marriage and brought us closer together as a couple! Before we started this, there were times our relationship had grown weak and was at risk of not lasting. We definitely felt a difference in our love, closeness, and patience for each other when we made this a habit. For our family, we likewise make time to pray and study the scriptures together each day and have a weekly family night. We find this fortifies and unifies our family and helps us stayed focused on what matters most in life! We also are encouraged to study the scriptures and pray individually, each day. This may sound like it takes too much time, but it is the small, seemingly insignificant things that make the most difference, in our day, in our faith, marriage, family and lives! We have found that if you take time for the most important things first, everything else will fit into place or fall completely out of our lives (if it is not important)! I believe that "faith" is an action word! What one believes means very little if it is not put into action. Christ said, "Follow me."

What is faith?

Jen
Faith is an "action word". If we have faith that exercise is good for us, and only watch others exercise never exercising ourselves...our faith does nothing for the muscles that that knowledge is designed to help. Likewise, we can believe in Jesus Christ and his Gospel, but if that faith does not move us to follow His example and His instructions for us, it cannot bless us the way Heavenly Father intended it to. In Malachi 3:10 the Lord says, ..."Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." If we have faith, or desire to have faith in something, begin with testing it through actions. If you want faith in the law of tithing for example, pay it. Show more Show less