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Hi I'm Jennifer Lynn

I am a brainstem stroke survivor. I was a performer, & I love to scrapbook. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I had a severe brainstem stroke in 2004, & I am re-learning speech, among many other limitations--yet my mind is 100% intact! Pre-stroke, I was a singer, dancer, & actress. Before college, I travelled Europe and sang in the cathedrals, & performed on the Disney stage at Walt Disney World. Later, I went to BYU and received a bachelor's degree in elementary education, with a minor in music. While at BYU, I was on the Ballroom Dance Team, in the Women's Chorus, and in an A capella Group. After BYU, I was an elementary teacher for K-5, & also taught K-5 music, and I was a K-12 math tutor. I am now married and have 3 kids. 1 boy & 2 girls. When I had my stroke, while it hurt to be unable to sing or dance, the stroke has helped me to re-arrange some of my life priorities: My family brings me the greatest joy in life, & the gospel allows us to be a forever family! In 2013, my son recorded his testimony, & put it on YouTube (http://youtu.be/y4gEYABAqPg) I continue to enjoy life, & I have taught both digital & traditional scrapbooking. (There will always be a "teacher in me"!) I even had a digital scrapbook page published! I also have had an article published in The Ensign, a church magazine. I love music. I find enjoyment in other ways, though I still attempt to sing! I would like to publish a book someday. A website was started (www.jenannlynn.org) in 2004, to share my stroke recovery with friends & family. You can read all about me there!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the faith, but I believe the principles are true. I believe we have a living prophet today, and the Book of Mormon is true, and was translated by Joseph Smith, with help from God. I am grateful for the priesthood. I believe that families can be forever. I believe that prayers are answered, and that we still have revelation and miracles today. I am grateful for the life and example of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live the gospel daily. I also pray and read the scriptures. Our family daily prays together and we try to read the scriptures together daily. I support and encourage my husband in the things he does for the church. My teenagers daily attend an early morning (6 am) religion class (seminary). Every week, I attend church and we have family time together (Family Home Evening).  At church, I help all the teenage girls, ages 12-18, achieve goals that help them to learn to live the gospel daily, in a goal-oriented program called "Personal Progress." I also write emails monthly to three women, as their Visiting Teacher.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Jennifer Lynn
Often the husband provides and the wife nurtures. Sometimes this is acheived by the husband working, and the mother staying home to raise the children. My husband works, but due to my disabilities, and because God has blessed us so much, my husband is home more than most men, and does the cooking, cleaning, running errands, etc. I am still able to love and nurture my children, though more through my actions (since I am unable to speak). Children learn through example, and each family is unique in defining these roles! The church teaches us that "Both mother and father have a necessary and important role in the lives of their children. Parents’ work in the home will be more effective if their first priorities are God, each other, and their children. " I know this is a true principle! Show more Show less