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Hi I'm Jody

I'm studying to become a Forensic Accountant, a happily married grandmother, good with a varity of crafts, a poet, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of two grown adults and a grandmother of two. I enjoy oil painting, sewing, scrapbooking, photography, singing, dancing, and most of all learning. I love animals of all kind. I raised my children as a stay at home mom and am blessed to have been able to do this. I am currently finnishing up my associates in accounting. I will graduate the end of spring quarter. I am also working on my bachelors in Forensic Accounting. The only time I lose track of everything going on around me is when I read my scriptures. I like taking long walks, swimming, going on the road with my husband in his semi, taking vacations, meeting new people, and taking my baby (dog) to the dog park to swim and work in the agility area.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a church that preached brimstone and fire. When I became an adult I church hopped in order to find the right church for me. After several years I prayed for Heavenly Father to help me find a church that I would like enough to want to be there. In 1990 I joined the ARMY and was eventually stationed on a little post in Germany. My first Sunday there I decided to see what churches there were on base. I founf two sitting beside each other. From one I heard loud music, singing, and loud voices. I immediately wondered how anyone could learn anything with all that loud noise. I then looked to the other church. It was quiet and it felt as if someones arms were open inviting me in to a safe place. I walked in and quietly sat in the back row. I waited for a preacher to get up and give a long serman, but was surprised to listen to three different members give talks! The talks included scripture as well as experiences of both living right and times when they might have faultered a little and how their lives were affected by both. As I listened I found myself wanting to hear more and wanting to live my life right for a change! Instead of feeling rebellious, I felt invited and inspired to follow their examples. I thought, "this church could be the right one for me." After the sacrament meeting was over I got up and headed for the door thinking that I must have missed their Sunday school. I only got a few steps and was surrounded by women I had never met, each introducing herself and inviting me to stay for the following classes. I was treated like part of a family even though I had just walked in. I went to the other classes and to dinner at a member's home where I was given the chance to talk to the missionaries for the fist time. We talked about the church, their beliefs, the history, the book of Mormon... I became sure that this was the church for me. I was baptised soon after that day and have been a member since.

How I live my faith

I have moved around some, but I stay active in the church as there is always one close. I have been a sunday school teacher, been called to take care of the children in the nursery. I have become a merit badge counselor for the boy scouts and have helped with merit badge jaborees. I have been called to work in the library. As my heath continues to improve I hope to become more active again in having a calling in the church. In the mean time, I continue to read and study my scriptures and pray for better health.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

The biggest blessings that I recieve when I study the scriptures are the feelings of peace, comfort, and love. If I am dedaling with a lot of stress, all the tention goes away when I read the scriptures and I get this feeling of strength and a knowledge that everything will work out if I just have patience and give it a little time. I learn a lot about myself when I ponder what the scriptures mean and think about what they mean in my life. One of my favorite verses says that, "..In life there is no death, only life..." This verse helps me a lot when a loved one dies a physical death. I am closest to Heavenly Father when I am at the Church, Temple, or studying the scriptures. When I have a bad day I pick up the scriptures, listen as I read the words of our Heavenly Father, and I feel better. He gives me the strength to get through anything. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Our Sacrament service is different. We sing hymns, partake of the sacrament (we use bread and water), and say prayers. The part that I like the best though is that instead of one person preaching brimstone and fire we have three different speakers each sunday. The speakers teach us through scriptures and real life examples of the rewards of living life right and fallowing the commandments in the Bible. The first Sunday of each month is called fast and testimony. On these Sundays those who chose to go up and give their testimony of their faith, what/who has inspired them recently and helped to strengthen their faith. We also do not pass baskets around for tithing. Tithing is done in a private manner of filling out a small reciept type form with three copies, placing it in a small envelope and quietly handing it to a member of the bishopric. We have Sunday school classes, and the relief society meeting as well. Visitors are ALWAYS welcome to come and enjoy our services and investigate the church. We love having visitors and enjoy answering any questions that one may have about the church. Anyone is welcome to attend the church, adults and children a like. There are churches all over and it is very easy to find one near your location. I want to personally invite anyone who has questions and wants to know more about the church or the Latter Day Saints to come and visit a local church and see what we are about. Show more Show less