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Hi I'm Jeneen

After teaching elementary school for 16 years, I became a Mom at the age of 42. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Most people think that Mormons marry young, in their 20's and get married in a temple. Perhaps it is true for some members of the church, but not for me. I completed my undergraduate work and completed my masters before I ever met someone. When I met my husband I thought he was a hard-working, good-looking man. There was one problem, he was not a Mormon. Five years after knowing him and after a lot of prayer, at the age of 34 I consented to marry him. My bishop married us. After 7 years of marriage and many missionaries visiting our home, my husband knew it was time to be baptized. Through all of the years I remained active in the church. I continued to pray for him. My faith and prayers were and continue to be answered.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by first generation Mormon parents. Each had come from Christian homes where the Bible was used. Being raised in the Mormon church added to what was good from their backgrounds. We used the Bible in addition to The Book of Mormon. I always felt good about the teachings from the scriptures and at church. When I first went to college I wondered what I believed. I mean what I believed independent of my parents. I started with the most basic question that I felt was the very foundation any beliefs. Did God exist. If He existed then prayer was the means of communicating. After pondering and praying for several days, I knew. I had a feeling deep within my heart that I would not ever need to question that again. Since He does exist I knew that everything else I had been taught was also correct. Jesus lived and died for us. He rose again after 3 days and was means for all people to be resurrected. Joseph Smith was a prophet and did translate precious gold plates of ancient scripture for us to have another testament of Jesus Christ. What a relief and strength to know it was all true. Heavenly Father heard my sincere prayer and answered me and continues to answer me. It's not always as quick as I would like, but my faith lets me know He will.

How I live my faith

Ever since I was a teenager I made it a goal to always attend church on Sunday. That was a great place to be fed spiritually. I knew that if I ever missed a time that wasn't due to illness, it would be detrimental to me spiritually. My spritiuality is was helps me get through the daily muck and yuck of life. By making that goal it meant I had to make plans accordingly. That meant Saturday night activities needed to end at an hour that made it possible for me to have enough sleep in order to make it to church Sunday morning. Even as an adult those are still my plans. It seems to be working. Serving in the church is another opportunity to live what I know. I serve as the Young Women's President. Working with teenage girls is exciting. Even though I know it gets more challenging to live the gospel, the very same principles that helped me make good choices are what I can pass along to strengthen the beautiful young women that I serve. Our Savior gave us the example of serving others without pay and that is what we can do for all of our brothers and sisters in this world inside and outside the church.