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Hi I'm Jenni

I was born and grew up in Utah. I'm a photographer, a wife, and a stay-at-home Mom. I'm autistic. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and a mother of two children. My husband, my children, and I are sealed in the Temple for Time and for All Eternity. They are my life. My children and I are also autistic and I am working with other women worldwide on a series of books intended to help other parents of autistic children. I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and love learning about the way people lived centuries ago.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been a Mormon all my life. I learned the value of Missionary work as a child when my family purchased a number of copies of the Book of Mormon, wrote up a message to paste in each copy, and donated those books to the Missionary effort. The Gospel of Jesus Christ means everything to me. My Faith in the Lord and my knowledge of the Plan of Salvation have held me together during times of trial, have helped me to continue on when I had nothing else to hold on to. I see the Truth of the Gospel everywhere that I look. I see the love of the Lord in all His creations. This is the True Gospel of Jesus Christ and means everything to me!

How I live my faith

I strive to emulate Jesus Christ in everything I do. In the way I treat my friends, in the way I relate to my family, in the way I raise my children. The scriptures teach that if we truly love God and truly love our neighbor, that no other commandments are necessary. And I find that to be true. Everything He asks of us has some root in one or the other of these, the two great commandments. I only pray that my efforts are as successful as the Lord would have them be.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

The easiest way to answer this is with a scripture from the Book of Mormon, "we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). The Lord expects us to do everything we can to "earn" exaltation. He wants us to show him that we are willing to do whatever it takes to return to Him. But He also knows that there is absolutely no way that we could ever do enough to truly earn our exaltation, and that is where His atonement comes in. His atonement builds a bridge for us over the chasm of sin and mortal error so that we can cross over and join Him in the Celestial Kingdom. Just accepting Him as your savior and having faith is not enough. The way I used to explain it on my mission was by an analogy of a light switch. You can believe all you want that flipping a light switch will turn on the light in your room. But if you don't actually stand up, walk over to the light switch, and flip the switch then that light will remain off. Achieving salvation/exaltation is the same way. Striving to live as God and Christ have asked us to live and making sure that we have received the ordinances necessary for exaltation can be likened to our getting up and flipping that light switch. The atonement of Christ, which allows for the grace that permits us exaltation despite our imperfection, can be likened to the wiring hidden in the walls which actually effect the activation of the light. Show more Show less