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Hi I'm Jill

I am an elementary school teacher, a mom to two incredible adult kids, a wife to the best husband, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the oldest of six kids and have always loved children! I knew as soon as I went to college that I wanted to become a teacher. My other big goals were to become a wife and a mom! I became a wife to the kindest person I had ever met! He has the best smile and does everything in his power to make me happy (I know I don’t deserve such a great guy!). I’m also a mom to two fantastic kids – first a wonderful son then an amazing daughter. I put my dreams of becoming a teacher on hold to stay home and take care of my young children, which I will never regret! Slowly I started taking college classes again and finally finished my bachelor’s degree when my youngest child entered 1st grade. Then, when that same child graduated from high school, I decided it was time to return to college and received my master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Today, I teach gifted students and am still passionate about working with children! My own children are now in college and more than anything, I still love being with my family! Our family loves traveling and seeing new places – NYC being a favorite! Another favorite place is the beach! I love relaxing on the sand and reading a good book and an occasional dip to boogie board. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes – it’s so relaxing and enjoyable! Even after 25 years of marriage, my husband and I still love to be together, even if it’s just going for an ice cream or cleaning the garage.

Why I am a Mormon

Early in life I became aware that Heavenly Father knew me and loved me. As a child I prayed for lost items, guidance, and comfort. Prayer was a great comfort in times of difficulty, like when my parents got divorced and I struggled to find my place again. Recently, when my husband found out he's losing his eye sight, I was immediately sorrowful. As I have prayed, I have received peace and comfort, knowing I must rely on the Lord and He will help us face the days ahead, whatever they may be. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been the BEST tool in raising children, helping us have peace and love in our home. Having daily scripture study and prayer with our family has been one of the choicest experiences in my life. Gathering together has strengthened us, helped us to lift each other and grow closer to our Savior. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ when he knelt to pray, that he was called to be a latter-day prophet and was guided to restore Christ’s church. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and is a second witness of Jesus Christ. I know the Bible is also the word of God and I love to study the scriptures as they provide the perfect road map to safely navigate this earth life and lead me back to my Heavenly Father. The church is still led by a prophet, who is the mouthpiece for the Lord. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, who was not only the perfect example, but atoned for my sins and gave me the gift of eternal life. I know that only through Him can I be saved. Because of His great love for me, I can repent DAILY and I know I will never be alone. I know that my Savior knows me better than I know myself and will succor me when I am sad or discouraged and help my weaknesses become strengths. I love that I can receive my own witness of the truthfulness of the gospel, by praying to know. In the last chapter of the Book of Mormon, we are invited to pray to know if it is true. I have done that and I know that this is God’s church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by seeking to keep God’s commandments and by trying my best to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. In our church, everyone has a “calling” – which is a volunteer assignment in our congregation. I have been blessed by always serving in some capacity in the church; with the young children, the adolescent girls, and currently working with the missionaries. Even when I feel I am unqualified to do a certain job, Heavenly Father helps me as I seek to do His will, His work, and serve His beloved children. I truly believe the Lord when he said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. “ Even when I am tired or have had a rough day, when I visit or help those in need, I am immediately blessed with a feeling of upliftment and even joy! I know I have been blessed to be a light for the Savior, not hiding my candle under a bushel, but rather letting “[my] light so shine before men, that they may see [my] good works and glorify [my] father which is in heaven.”