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Hi I'm Jennie

I'm a professional violinist, happy wife and mother of 2, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a musical family and received two conservatory degrees in violin performance. It's still unbelievable to me that I get to play and teach music for my job, that I'm employed to do something that's so much fun. I'm a pretty straight-up classical player, but occasionally I dabble in Argentine tango. I love hiking, miss the summers I used to spend in the Rockies, and I quilt in my spare time. My husband and I were married shortly after I finished grad school. I used to say that I would never live in the southwest. Just looking at a Georgia O'Keeffe made me thirsty. But in the few years we've been married, we've lived in Houston, Albuquerque, Tucson, and Phoenix. The desert aesthetic is finally beginning to grow on me! We have two beautiful daughters. While mommy practices the violin, they enjoy sucking on kazoos, banging maracas on the coffee table, and lining rubber duckies up on the piano keys.

Why I am a Mormon

I want to be part of a church that is founded and led by Christ, not by man. That's what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints claims to be. I choose to be Mormon because I've studied its doctrine and the scriptures, prayed about it, and felt the Holy Ghost confirm that Christ is at its head. I know of no other institution that has such high visions of each individual's potential, that gives such an honest hope of how much good every person can do and become, and that provides such clear steps, standards, and support to empower us to achieve that potential.

How I live my faith

I believe that everyone is a child of God, His creation, and I try to treat people accordingly. Every person is of inestimable worth. It's very difficult to treat someone hastily or unkindly when I remember how dear they are to our Heavenly Father. I think about this the most when I help or teach my own children and remember that before they were mine, they were the Lord's. In my local congregation, there are always ways for me to use my music to serve. I frequently play violin or piano for services, help prepare youth and adults to perform for services, and teach music in the children's programs. It's a privilege to be able to volunteer my profession to serve the Lord so directly, to consecrate what ability I may have to Him. There are times when music can communicate more effectively than words, and I cherish being able to witness the moments when it does so. There are some specific things I do that I consider consecrations to the Lord and a way to actively live my faith. I consider Sunday my Sabbath, and I dedicate that day to doing things that are worshipful, strengthen my family, or serve others. A portion of my income is dedicated each month as tithes and donations to those who are in need. I avoid foul language and vulgarity. There is so much entertainment and so many activities that are wholesome, uplifting, and invigorating that there are no excuse for spending my time on things that are cheap or demeaning. I set aside specific time to participate in service projects, both through my congregation and the community. We've done everything from sewing receiving blankets for the church's humanitarian center to clothes drives for local schools to distributing fliers for the fire station about drowning prevention awareness. I make regular visits to other families in our congregation and neighborhood to help us stay connected and help take care of each other.