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Hi I'm Jennette

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, and retired nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in small town America. My family didn't have much, but I had everything I needed. I married when I was very young and helped support my husband while he worked toward a college education. We were blessed with three children, born during those college years. I was determined to be a full time mom and gave it my best shot! I found many outlets to develop my talants through singing, classes, church and community activities. Since I was young when the children were born, I considered that I would have lots of years to be involved in other interests when they left home. At age 40, I began my studies to become a nurse. I recieved a BSN and began my second career at age 43. I enjoyed nursing for nearly 25 years spending my time mostly in med-surg and ambulatory care. I'm so grateful for that opportunity! Our family had the opportunity to live a few years in a third world nation and that made for many experiences to learn patience and realize that there is much we Americans take for granted that others in the world do perfectly well without! I was never the same after that experience, and my American ethnocentricity died and was buried in that far away land, but a love for the diversity of my fellow man was born. Now I'm retired and enjoy the slower pace of life. I still find my days full and busy but have more time to enjoy those around me and try to help where I can. I enjoy walking, reading and learning but there are other projects that beckon to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I came into the Church by birth. My father's people joined the Mormon Church in Scandinavia and came to America about 1910. I'm very grateful to my grandparents for the blessings of my Mormon heritage and my citizenship in this nation. While growing up I attended church with my parents and my older siblings. When I was young my father was very involved and helped organize a congregation of the Church where we lived. I am touched as I remember his willingness to serve back in those days. However, the time comes when one must gain for themselves an assurity that those thing they have been taught are really true. That assurity came to me when I was about 13 years old. I cannot remember a time that I did not know that my Heavenly Father lived, knew of me and loved me. Neither can I remember a time when I did not know that Jesus Christ was my Savior, my Redeemer. At age thirteen I began to feel a real love for the teachings I had learned all my life. I loved the sabbath, the fire of conviction I heard from other members, the joy I felt as I sang the hymns, the happiness I felt when I was doing the things I knew were right, the peace I felt when I found a quiet place to pray and I loved the scriptures! I wanted these things to be part of my life always. This is the time that I feel I truely knew for myself that these things were true. Why am I a Mormon? To answer that, consider the Lord's "Bread of Life" sermon found in the sixth chapter of John. After that sermon "many of his disciples..walked no more with him." But when the Savior asked, "Will ye also go away?" Peter answered, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." In like manner I ask, "To whom shall I go to find a Prophet of God, to whom shall I go to find the blessings of the Holy Priesthood restored, to whom shall I go to find the ordinances of the Holy Temple?" All this and so much more I find in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

How I live my faith

As I said before, one must come to an assurity for themselves of these truths. That conviction must be nurtured for it to grow and be sustained. Some things are vital to keep one strong in times of challange and in a world that often does not value the teachings of the Savior. Life has brought me many challanges and I know that will always be true, for that is part of God's plan for us. I pray each day and often. I make the Sabbath the Lord's Day and seek to "call the Sabbath a delight,.. not doing (my) own pleasure.." Isaiah 58. I study the scriptures each day - I especially love the scriptures! I find the Holy Spirit gives me impressions that are pertinent to my life as I study. I call this "revelation" for so it is. Without this time set aside to study I would not hear those quiet whisperings of the Spirit. And I serve. There is much that needs to be done and so many that need friendship and support. When your a Mormon you find that you are doing many things that you really don't know how to do and that others could do much better, but they got that way by following the same path. Throughout my life I've had countless opportunities to teach, organize, and perform. Thought my service in the church I've come to know the rich and the poor, the learned and the humble and many in between -many that I would not have come to know in the normal course of my life. Always, I've grown and found blessings as I have served. I'm excited about my faith and will tell anyone who will listen about it. I did not always have a conviction that Joseph Smith was a prophet, but as I studied the Book of Mormon and read about his life I came to know this also for myself. When as a youth, Joseph went to the grove to pray, he only believed as he read in The Epistle of James that God would give him wisdom. He was given wisdom and asked also to give his live to lay the foundation for the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ I'm grateful for that humble prayer of a young boy!