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Hi I'm Jill

I'm an Idaho farm girl living in WA state. I'm a wife and mother (5 kids, 8 fish, & 2 guinea pigs). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a family farm in Idaho. We worked hard and worked a lot. It brought me a lot closer to my brothers and sisters because we spent most of our time together. It also enhanced the great imaginations we were blessed with by my parents, because we had to figure out ways to play while we worked. Some of my favorite pre-marriage adventures were attending Ricks College and BYU, participating in the Hill Cumorah Pageant, serving a mission to Massachusetts, and hiking the Narrows at Zion Nat'l Park. I met my husband 2 weeks before I graduated from BYU-- we were set up on a blind date because all of my friends were far more desperate for me than I was. Now, here I am 13 years later, on the biggest adventure of all: REAL LIFE. We have one boy and four girls. We recently acquired guinea pigs. I'm not the mom that can have kids in a bazillion activities, but we strive to have music and love in our home. We are working, ever working, towards turning our home into a haven from the world. I love beautiful things. While I was in school, I studied art and history. People are amazing geniouses. It was a pleasure to study their pasts and works. I love to create beautiful things. I crochet like a mad woman. With so many girls and so much hair at our house, I took to making hair accessories. I would love to go back to school and learn how to make furniture and use power tools without losing my fingers.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both of my parents grew up in the church as well; my dad in a family strong in the faith and my mom in a family made stronger by their faith. In my parents' home, it was who we were. We went to church each Sunday. We tried to do the best we could. My parents' testimonies were probably their greatest gifts to me besides giving me life. I never doubted, never had a crisis of faith. This isn't to say that I believed because they did. I began reading the Book of Mormon on my own when I turned 13. I knew as I read it that it was true. I loved the history and loved the beautiful words, but the feelings that I had as I read told me over and over again that I was reading truth. I was a little bit shy growing up and tending to stay on the fringes watching. I saw where choices led my friends. There were times I made concious decisions to either do something or not because I knew what the outcome would be. It was important to me to learn from my youth that I was a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loved me. I remain a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have a testimony. I know the gospel of Christ is true. I know I have a Savior who came to earth and sacrificed His life, so that I have the opportunity to go back and live with Him. I will follow Him and do what He has asked me to do.

How I live my faith

Right now I have been called to work with the children between 18 months and 12 years, as the 1st counsellor in the organization that has stewardship over them. I'm responsible for the littlest kids and the program for the girls 8 - 12. In our home we put the words of our prophets to the test. There's the old adage: by their fruits you shall know them. We have been counselled to spend time together as a family reading from the scriptures and other good literature. Along with that we should be praying together and for each other; attending our church meetings; serving those around us, be it family, fellow church members, or the community; continually learning; and creating beautiful things. I can honestly say that as we have kept our lives within harmony of the gospel teaching and the counsel of our leaders, home is less chaotic. Parents are more patient and loving. Children are more obedient and pleasant to be around. Life isn't always perfect-- far from it-- but we are learning together as a family how to be together and how to love each other as God would have us do.