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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother. I teach elementary school and fitness classes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a single mother for nine years. I just got remarried last spring to a wonderful man. We're raising three children still at home and putting forth our best "team" effort to guide and support our other 7 children and 4 grandchildren, based on Christ-like principles. Three years ago I completed my degree while working 2 or 3 jobs. Now, I'm a teacher in an ethnically diverse classroom. This has been a great opportunity for me to learn that patience and love break down the barriers cultural differences and language create. What a joy it is positively impact the lives of God's children! I'm very active. I've been teaching fitness classes for over 20 years. I also run, bike, and hike in the foothills of the mountains around our home. I'm a morning person, and prefer hitting the trail at 5 am. After my morning prayer, exercise jump starts my day and helps provide my life with balance.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a family of converts. In the 1950's, my grandmother put up a pair a missionaries doing a "walk-about" in rural Ohio. My aunt bought a Book of Mormon from them for $1.00. I'm a Mormon because my mother joined the church along with her parents and sisters, then remained faithful to the testimony she received throughout her life. At the age of 7 I gained my own testimony as I listened to my Sunday School teacher tell the story of how Joseph Smith prayed to know which church was true and was visited by God the Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. I remember thinking at that time that if only people could hear the story we refer to as the First Vision; they would believe! I'm now "48" and I testify that the Mormon religion is the only true church on the earth.

How I live my faith

I strive to live gospel principles, and most especially, to treat others as the Savior did. In my professions as teacher and fitness instructor, I listen and look for ways in which I can lift and assist those within my circle of influence. That might mean running off papers for another teacher, encouraging a student, or volunteering my skills for a community event. The little things we can do to bless our fellowman are the big things! The foundation of our family is founded on our faith. My husband and I lead our children in daily prayer and regular scripture study. We attend church as a family every Sunday. We serve our church family in whatever capacity we are called or where there is a need and support our children's weekly youth and scouting activities. All of these things bring us true joy and strengthen our family. For the majority of my adult life I have taught or lead and organized activities for children. Although I've also lead the woman's organization and worked with youth, I feel that my true calling is the children. It is a goal of mine to someday use my teaching skills and talents to bless the lives of children in impoverished areas of the world with my husband at my side as missionaries for our church. The Savior has blessed us abundantly and I desire to do what He would if He were here. That is the essence of the His gospel.