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Hi I'm Jennifer

I am a follower of Jesus Christ and try to live his teachings. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of five, step-mother of four, and grandmother of ten. I like to play the piano and sing, and I find that there must be a huge part of my brain devoted to song lyrics because I know the words to many hundreds of songs! I'm also a writer and editor and put those skills to work part time for a family history company. Becoming more self reliant is one of my quests, especially in the area of maintaining good health. I have developed a line of essential oils and I also make homemade soap. I love to laugh and find that humor can often soften the trials and challenges that come to us in this Earth life. Right now, my husband and I (along with our daughter) are building a home from the ground up. It's hard work, but we have built before and wanted to create an interesting energy efficient home in a beautiful area in the Pacific Northwest. By selling a home that we previously built, and by doing most of the work on this home ourselves, we will be able to avoid having a mortgage. This is a big undertaking and may seem slightly crazy, but we hope to be cozy in our new earth-bermed home in the forest in the near, or not-so-near, future!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a semi-active Mormon family, but as the years went by my family began to take the Gospel more seriously. When I was ten we went to the Idaho Falls temple to be sealed together as an eternal family. This was such an exciting thing to me, a young girl who loved the idea of continuing the happy relationships we had in our family -- even after we left this life. I have never questioned whether or not there was a God in heaven who loved us and cared for us. It's always been very important to follow the teachings of our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, so that I can return to live with them and my family some day.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a combination of private, personal growth and public service and interaction. I strive to keep a strong, personal relationship with Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, and it's very important to me to communicate with them and receive their guidance and direction. Activity in our church helps keep me focused on the gospel and provides opportunities for gaining knowledge and understanding as well as serving others. I am happy to use my musical talents by playing the piano and being a chorister for different meetings -- for women, children, and sometimes the whole congregation. In fact, I have been playing the piano at church since I was twelve years old! As soon as I graduated from the children's program, which used to meet on Wednesdays after school, I was called to play the piano for them. Since then I have had many opportunities like this, which have built my skills and also my confidence for playing in public. Normally, I would also have a responsibility as a "visiting teacher" to visit three or four ladies in our ward/congregation once a month, on an individual basis, to bring them a spiritual message and keep apprised of their general welfare. I have formed many wonderful friendships with the ladies I have visited and love spending time getting acquainted and offering assistance to them. Since we are between homes, I'm not currently a visiting teacher -- but I'm sure I will be one again soon! Because I only have one child living at home, I'm enjoying spending lots of time with my daughter helping her learn more about the gospel and supporting her participation in the Young Women's program that our church offers. Right now I'm helping her work on a program called Personal Progress.