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Hi I'm Jill

I'm a wife and mother of 3 (insert laundress, teacher, baker, and chauffeur). I'm devoted to my eternal family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah and was raised as a member of this church. After high school I struck out on my own and went to college in Texas. I also spent a year abroad in China. I love to travel and have been to many places around the world, particularly in Asia. I received Bachelor's degrees in both International Business and Mandarin Chinese. It was in Texas that I met my amazing husband, James. We have been married for 13 years and have been blessed with 3 incredible children. After our first child was born, we decided that it would be best for me to stay home rather than work outside of the home. Although I had worked very hard to obtain my education, I knew that raising my children would be the most important and rewarding job that I could possibly have. Now my life is centered around our family and endeavoring to raise our children in the ways of righteousness.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in this church, there was ultimately a time when I had to make the decision for myself: do I believe this church is true? The answer didn't come in a single moment of overwhelming revelation, rather, in small moments of clarity. I often felt whisperings of the Spirit in quiet moments of prayer. Other times, I gained knowledge through scripture study or Sunday School lessons. Each piece added to my building testimony of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel. I came to understand that God is truly my Father in Heaven. He knows me individually. He knows me by name. He knows my heart, my mind, my successes and my failures. It is the surety of my knowledge that I am His beloved daughter that ultimately cements my testimony in His church. He has provided this Gospel for me - and for you - so that we can return home to Him. I testify that He has not left us without guidance in this life. I testify that, yes, this church is true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith through example. I strive to show my children how to live a life that is pleasing unto the Lord. I teach my daughter to dress modestly, respect her body, be kind and intelligent. I teach my sons to be fair, honest, hard-working, and respectful. I am called to work with the girls in my congregation who are ages 8-11. I plan fun activities and lessons for them to learn about the Gospel as well as important temporal things. I teach them about faith, charity, and service. I teach them budgeting, sports, engineering and science. I am also a visiting teacher to 3 lovely ladies. Once a month, I meet with each of them. I share a message about the Gospel with them and also get to know them as friends. If they are in need of assistance in any way, I find a way to provide it. I have found that lving my faith is a daily endeavor to treat others as our Savior would. Each day I strive harder to gain the light of Christ in my countenance through my actions.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Modesty is an important value to members of our church. Some people may feel that modesty is an old-fashioned tradition or that it has evolved from strict, conservative behavior. However, modesty is a gospel principle that applies to people of all cultures and ages. To be modest is to be humble, and being humble invites the Spirit to be with us. Modesty begins with our knowledge that we are children of God and we are created in His image. Our bodies are sacred gifts from Heavenly Father and we should treat them as such. Part of truly respecting your body is reserving intimacy for after marriage. I know that modest dress & language will lead to virtue in our thoughts & actions. We believe that it is the responsibility of parents to teach their children how to dress & act modestly. We, as mothers and fathers, can teach our children about modesty by taking special care to dress modestly ourselves. We can’t expect our children to follow a standard we aren’t prepared to live ourselves. We should also try to examine the books, magazines, movies, and television programs we allow into our homes. We should try to eliminate any negative influences. The influences of the world are loud enough, we don't need to invite them inside! We believe that the way you dress is a reflection of what you are on the inside. By dressing & acting modestly we are showing our love and respect for our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less