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Hi I'm Jennifer

I grew up in McLean, Virginia, I'm a CPA. I'm a mother of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The family I grew up in converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints when I was 9 years old. This is a decision that I will always be grateful for. My belief in Jesus Christ and his gospel has shaped my entire life. After starting BYU, I decided to leave and go on a mission. I served in the Canada Montreal Mission as a French speaking missionary. I then finished my studies at BYU, receiving a bachelors and a masters degree in accounting with an emphasis in taxation. From there, I headed off to Southern California to work. While in California, I received my CPA and made wonderful friends. Eventually, just shy of 30 years old, I met and married my husband. We now live in Arizona and I am a full time mom to four kids. I value education tremendously and have been very involved in my children's schools. I love being a mom and watching my kids learn skills and values that will (hopefully) lead them to be productive adults who love the Lord and contribute to society.

Why I am a Mormon

I am so grateful to be a Mormon. It's a title I wear proudly. I feel like the more we understand God's laws and the consequences of breaking or keeping them, the better able we are to navigate the issues we face in this life. I know God has a plan for each of us individually and that he knows us personally. I know that things will always work out and that we can have peace in this life, even when times are tough, by relying on Jesus Christ. As a mom, I sometimes wonder how people raise children without the gospel of Jesus Christ. I feel so blessed to have his teachings to guide me as a parent. Jesus' teachings help me set boundaries for my children that will protect them from physical, spiritual and emotional harm. I am able to teach them the way that will lead to peace in their lives. It doesn't always seem like they are listening but I am hopeful that they will avoid learning some lessons the hard way.

How I live my faith

I live my faith very imperfectly. I am always trying to be better and live Christ's teachings better. Being a mom and raising children full time is probably the greatest test of my faith. I am grateful to be able to turn to the Lord for guidance in this Herculean endeavor. The greatest gift my parents gave me was an understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This understanding has helped me to make good decisions and avoid bad ones (most of the time). I am trying to parent in such a way that my children will develop their own faith in Jesus Christ and see how he can guide their lives. Additionally, my church activity has provided many opportunities to build my faith by serving others. I currently take care of the 18 month to 3 year olds at church for two hours each Sunday. I wasn't initially excited about this responsibility but I truly love it now. It is fun to see children this age grasp simple concepts and skills. They can know at a young age who Jesus is and how much he loves them. This church job has helped me more fully understand why Jesus loved little children so much. They are so pure, innocent and teachable. They are so easy to love unconditionally. I also have been active in the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) at my children's schools. I have loved serving as a treasurer of two different PTOs. It has allowed me to keep up my accounting skills as well has given me a voice in my community. I have been able to associate with lots of different kinds of people. Yet, with all our differences, there are so many things that unite us. In my school service, I have felt united with community members over our love for our children and our desire to constantly improve their opportunities for learning. I have enjoyed all my associations and the things I have learned from other parents who are doing their best to raise good children.