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Hi I'm Jill

I'm a woman, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a lover of learning and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a curious person. I love to observe others and see how people and "things" work. I enjoy reading and studying and sketching simple images of people in their daily routines. Genealogy, or Family History Research, is more than a pass-time to me. I love researching and finding the stories of those ancestors who came before me and discovering the trials they endured and the triumphs they celebrated. I’m a native New Yorker…proud to be called a “Yankee.” I’m also a grateful wife, a proud 'mama' and a doting grandmother.

Why I am a Mormon

Many years ago, in my youth, I struggled with numerous questions about life, such as: Why am I here on this earth? What was my purpose, if any? How can a person be truly happy? How did a person become confident? Did anybody really love me? As I was pondering these thoughts on a daily basis, I recall my mother answering our front door and speaking to two young men who told her that they had a message for us. My mother invited them in and they spoke to us about God and our purpose and the love that He had for each of us. They bore witness of these truths with such love and confidence and happiness, that I knew then, as I know now, that I wanted what they had. I wanted to be the type of person that they were. I wanted to carry in my soul that same solid conviction of God that emanated from theirs. They shared the Book of Mormon with us, and as I diligently read its passages, I felt the ‘all encompassing’ Spirit of God lift my soul and lighten my burdens. I experienced a joy ‘that surpasses all understanding’ as I read of God’s long suffering towards us, His children, and of His message to mankind. That was over 40 years ago, and I am still grateful for His tender mercies. I am grateful for the ability to lean on His shoulder and to find comfort through His Spirit. I am grateful that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind can repent and be washed clean of sin. I am grateful for His powerful message that life exists beyond the grave and that we can live again with Him one day. I am grateful to know 'why' I am here, and to understand that my life has purpose and meaning. I am grateful to know that 'confidence' comes by contact with Him, through scripture and prayer and in action. I am grateful to know that I am a child of God and will always, and forever, be loved.

How I live my faith

I have found goodness in each person that I've met. My husband and I have recently returned from a 3 year mission for our church. We had the opportunity to work closely with the young missionaries who travel 'two by two', seeking out the 'elect' of God, day by day. They often go where no one else would travel, knocking on endless doors, walking down dark alleys, braving less than friendly dogs, and enduring multitudinous barbs and insults. Why would a young person ‘sacrifice’ two years of their lives, not date during that time, study daily the things of God for hours, endure all sorts of abuse and 'then pay for that privilege of doing so out of their own pockets'? Because when your heart is filled with the things of God, all you want to do is to teach the things of God. Because they come to realize that the ‘imagined’ sacrifice, was in reality, an unimaginable blessing! “It is in our extremities that we come to know God.” These missionaries help in soup kitchens, they shovel snow, they sing to the ‘older folks’ and they serve where needed. They teach what they preach…and for the most part, they have fun doing it. For when this service is finished, they (and we) have suddenly learned… that ‘God can do more with us, than we can do with ourselves.’