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Hi I'm Jenny

I'm a Navy wife, mother of four and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to a Navy doctor and together we have four sweet children. I love to try new things and am sort of a "jack of all trades" kind of girl. Before choosing to stay home and raise our children, I was an Certified Ophthalmic Assistant and a florist. My hobbies include singing, attending the theater, watching movies, dancing, blogging, sewing, baking, crocheting, reading and collecting slobbery kisses from my babies!

Why I am a Mormon

Because both of my parents were active members when I was born, the church was a big part of my life from the start. In my teenage years, I went through a period of time where I tested nearly every limit and questioned every practice. I really wanted to know for myself. I was struggling with my parents divorce, and my own doubts about what path my life would take. My father left the church and that left a huge hole in my testimony! I remember some intense prayers that soaked my pillow with tears and some really tough days and nights. During a religion class called Seminary, taught on the high school campus, we were studying the last days of Christ's life. I remember that the teacher was showing a video and I was suddenly overcome with an awareness of the pain Christ felt for my poor choices. I felt just how real God was and how deeply I truly believed in the things I had been taught all my life. I was then filled with His love and knew that I could be forgiven and make my life into something special. Through this experience, and my experiences since, I have seen how living the principles of the gospel bring a strong sense of purpose, wholeness and happiness to my life. My life has been a constant journey of self-improvement. The church has helped me make some really positive changes in my behavior and parenting as well as strengthen my marriage. I know that if I keep my life in line with its teachings, my family can be together forever! I am a Mormon because I know that it is Christ's church - the same organization that He himself set up while He was on the earth. I believe in modern-day revelation and that we have a true and living prophet today! I want my children to know that they are loved by a Heavenly Father and that their actions matter to Him. I want them to feel His love everyday, and through their own life experiences and investigation come to know what I know for themselves.

How I live my faith

I am currently in a presidency that oversees the women in our congregation. In the past I have worked in the children's group and in the music program of the church. These opportunities have helped me step outside of my comfort zone and reach out to help others, and to use and increase my talents and spiritual gifts. I've also learned just how much our Father in Heaven loves us and wants so much to bless us - especially through His small and tender mercies. Its not easy- serving in the church, but it keeps me focused on the needs of others instead of my own troubles, and keeps me busy doing things that are worthwhile.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jenny
My father is gay and I have many friends who are gay. Though we have some differing opinions and beliefs, we have a great relationship - each respecting the other's right to choose their own way. Its no secret that the Church does not support gay marriage. We believe that God's plan for the family is, always has been and always will be a man and a woman and their children. However, the perception that the church is anti-gay is inaccurate. We support the rights of all men and woman to exercise their free agency and be entitled to the same legal rights as anyone, as long as they don't erode the principles on which our country was founded - freedom of religion. The scriptures affirm that homosexual behaviors are a sin, but I believe Christ understands the extreme difficulty that a gay person would experience refusing to act upon their same-sex attraction. I also believe that through Him, all things are possible and that no person is unworthy or undeserving of His love and the benefits of His atonement. Show more Show less