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Hi I'm Jen.

I moved 11 times before I was 14 years old. I play sports 3 times a week. I'm a hard-working, stay-at-home mom of 2. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as the oldest of 6 children. We moved around a lot before settling down when I was 14 years old. One of the few consistencies I had in my life through all the moving was sports. I could always rely on softball and volleyball being there. The rules were the same, the strategies were the same. It was a great comfort to have that in my youth and adolescence and I continue with those activities to this day. I now have a family of my own. I have 2 very young, very beautiful, very curious children. I am priviledged enough to have a husband that works full-time so I can stay home with my little angels and raise them myself. I also love movies. I watch them, collect them, go see them in the theatre. I try to enjoy a film as much as possible the first time I watch it, but after that I love to analyze it, pick apart scenes, the acting, directing, score, lighting, etc. Someday I hope to be able to make them myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was strong in the gospel. We went to church every week, had family prayer and family scripture study every day. My siblings and I went to Seminary when we got to high school. I went to college, then, and had a hard time finding a major that I was really interested in. Since I didn't have much interest in what I was studying, I didn't have much interest in going to class at all. I started to lose interest in everything and eventually gave up and went home. It was then that I started to explore other things that might interest me... things that I had been taught were not what Heavenly Father wanted for his children. It didn't take long at all for me to lose my footing and fall off the path that I grew up following. Thankfully, I have a loving family who never gave up on me. They reminded me of the love our Heavenly Father has for his children, all of His children. Since then I have continued on that path that I know leads to our Heavenly Father and eternal peace and happiness. I know that it is only through His son, Jesus Christ, and the atoning sacrifice that he willingly volunteered for that it is possible for me to return to our Father in Heaven. I have also since focused more on my individual relationship with my Heavenly Father. He is my father and I am his daughter in a very real way. I have focused on getting to know Him and what it is He wants of me. He is my father and He wants me to be happy. I know that putting my faith in Him will lead to happiness. The things that He asks of me are simple and straight-forward and while they may appear to others to be difficult demands, I know they are simply ingredients in the recipe for pure joy.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have had many different opportunities to serve in the church. More recently and up until about a month ago, I taught the 11 & 12-year-old girls in our ward. They were my favorite to teach. They were young enough to have such an eagerness to learn, but old enough to have developed strong personalities, and given the age, a little bit of sass, which I loved! They already were such strong examples to their peers and I respect them immensely. My service, or calling, recently changed to teaching the women in our ward. It's a much different experience, but also very rewarding as we get into discussions about how the gospel relates to us and our lives and how our different experiences brings us closer to each other and to God. I also visit certain sisters in our ward once a month to make sure they are all right and take care of any needs they may have. Mostly we just end up chatting a lot and forming close friendships like women do.