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Hi I'm Jill

I'm a Mormon. I have a great husband and six fun-loving children.

About Me

I am the mother of six children. I have a husband who works hard to provide for us. Raising my family has been the hardest but best thing I have done with my life. My husband and I both had the same priorities when it came to having a family. We both knew that it was the single most important thing we would do with our lives. My parents taught me the importance of a family and I wanted to continue and expand what I learned from them. I think I could find joy in doing almost anything. Everything I learn about or become involved in, I end up loving. There isn't enough hours in the day for me to do the things I have learned to love. Some of favorite hobbies include playing tennis, bike riding, hiking, kayaking, traveling, studying, quilting and going to the lake with my family. I have loved reading and books my whole life and continue to love to read. What is on my nightstand? Lately, I have enjoyed reading memoirs and biographies, a book about Mormon Temples and of course a couple of quilting magazines.

Why I am a Mormon

I do not have a unique story to being a Mormon. I was raised from birth in our church and fully embraced it at an early age. I continue to go to church because I learned for myself that the doctrines taught to me are true. I know that my Heavenly Father lives as did his son, Jesus Christ. I find joy in life as I follow the counsel of our modern day prophets as well as prophets of old. I feel like the gospel gives me direction and peace in a world that could very easily do the opposite. I feel a overwhelming sense of responsibility to teach what I know about spiritual matters to my children also.

How I live my faith

Living the life of a mormon mom and wife is not always easy. We are taught to follow the example of Jesus Christ and love our neighbors and serve them also. When you already have a family of eight; serving my own family keeps me busy. Then when you add a youth group where I am responsible for their Sunday instruction and a week day activity where we plan a meaningful evening for them...whew...it can sometimes be exhausting. My life isn't always fascinating and I don't meet new people every day. I do get out often though and try to remain cheerful as I deal with people in my neighborhood and community. Sometimes just a listening ear to a stranger in the local grocery store or helping a mom on the plane with her fussy baby is what being Jesus's hands on earth is all about. I try to remember that as I live my daily life. I think the most important thing we can do as we live our lives is to remember Jesus Christ in all we do and try to become more like him. He served everyone no matter who they were or how busy he was. I try to live my faith by living like Him. In church I have had many responsibilities over the years. I have spent the most of my time with the youth of our church. I teach the gospel, have parties, plan girls camps, plan cub scout meetings, etc., all with the youth. I have spent a lot of time in the last 25 years with the girls who are ages 12-18. Currently I teach 16 and 17 year old girls gospel lessons on Sunday. I remember my own youth very well and I have empathy and understanding for what these girls are experiencing in their own lives. I love to teach them and offer insight but I feel that I receive far more then they do from my work with them. The youth today are so amazing in their strength and convictions to their testimony. I was never as strong as they are. They teach me daily about what being a true servant of the Savior is all about.