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Hi I'm Jill

I'm a piano-playing, all-american volleyball player that loves cheesecake and any book by Fannie Flagg. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was going to be "that girl" that got out of Utah and was recruited to a "real" college to play volleyball on scholarship, but I was inspired to attend BYU instead. Our team ended up being ranked number one in the nation, I was able to solo with the BYU philharmonic on my cello, and best of all, I met my wonderful husband with whom I have five children and the cutest weiner dog on the planet. I am not a scientist making important discoveries. I have not started an orphanage anywhere. But I do get to use my good health, my gospel upbringing, and my musical education to help around 200 kids every day as the accompanist at our local high school, including my own children who have come through the choir, band, and drama departments. Just living my everyday life, mowing the lawn, picking up socks and staying up too late to read a great book. It's my life, complete with all it's bumps and bruises, but I love it.

Why I am a Mormon

There is a scripture that says some people are born to believe on the words of others and some are given to know certain things outright. I have always known that the things this church teaches are true. As a teenager, I worried that had never had that "lightning bolt" confirmation, never really felt a burning of the Spirit that my friends said they had felt. But still, I knew. So when I got on my knees and asked my Heavenly Father if the man I had chosen to marry was the right one for me, I got that same "nothing." I was worried, so I prayed again. And again. Nothing. "I'm entitled!" I yelled to no one in particular. "I get to feel these things too! I've done everything I've been taught and nothing I wasn't supposed to do...TELL ME!" Nothing. Then a few days before the wedding, I prayed tearfully again, with a full heart, and I got the message loud and clear: "why are you asking me something you already know?" Since then, I have had personal experience with feeling the direction of the Spirit, the comfort of my Heavenly Father's personal awareness of me. Me. I'm a Mormon, first because my parents told me I was, second because I always knew I should be, and lastly and forever, because I have had a witness born to me that the teachings of this church are true.

How I live my faith

I have been lucky enough to be in the business of teaching the children of the church for most of my adult life. I love it! Through my education, I have been blessed to serve in all the musical positions that exist in the many wards we have attended throughout my husband's military career. Music brings the spirit in a way that NO OTHER thing can, and I'm thrilled that I understand that and can help it happen. I have served as the president of the Primary (similar to a youth sunday school), and the youth organization for young women. I love to go to girls camp and see my sons succeed at scout camp...one of my sons is an Eagle Scout and another is almost there! I live my faith daily, through decisions small and large. I try to uphold the standards of the church as best as I can since I come in contact with so many kids each day at my job. I dress modestly so that I can let my inside do my talking. I could never have been the athlete I was at the level I reached if I had not kept the word of wisdom or the Sabbath Day holy. It simply feels good to live a life of faith, of a higher standard than the world at large seems to expect. I'm not better than everyone else, but I'm grateful for the guiding hand of the church, and for my Savior Jesus Christ and his love for me personally.