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Hi I'm Jenni.

I'm a wife and a mother. I love children, I love education, and I love music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother. My husband and I have been married for 18 years, and we have six children. I have a degree in Elementary Education, with emphases in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. I spend my days caring for my family, and that's what I love to do. I make meals; grocery shop; work in the house and yard; attend my children's sporting, scouting, school or musical events; go on field trips with their school classes; read good books with them; talk and play with them; and the list goes on and on... I've taught piano lessons in the past and I love to sit at the piano and play just for fun. When I was younger I also spent time learning the violin, harp, accordion, and organ. I like to sing, read, sew a little bit, and blog about family life. I also enjoy hiking, mountain biking, swimming, rollerblading, and playing volleyball. We like to go on trips as a family; we love camping, hiking, and geocaching. We also enjoy simple things like a family walk or bike ride, or playing at the park. My husband is my best friend. We make it a priority to go on a date each week, and we try to remember to always find the humor and the fun in life. We've learned that a little laughter can go a long way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who are members of the church and who taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I was young I believed in their testimonies, which led me to put into practice those things that I was taught. This laid a strong foundation for me, but through my teen and young adult years I realized that I needed to know for myself if the gospel was true, and that I could no longer simply rely on the testimonies of others. I read some scriptures that really stood out to me in Alma 32:26-29. These verses teach about the importance of having faith, then putting that faith into action, and through this process being able to gain a knowledge of the truthfulness of gospel principles. I've come to understand that this process can be applied to any gospel principle, by anyone who desires to know of its truthfulness. For example, I was taught through the gospel that serving others is something we should always be doing, and that it's a way to find greater happiness. As a teenager it seemed to me that the logical way to find greater happiness would be to focus on myself and what I thought made me happy. So I wondered how focusing on others could possibly be a way to be happier myself. But having been taught the importance of service, I was willing to give it a try. I remember deciding that for a two-week period I would make service my primary focus, and I would constantly look for opportunities to help others around me. I found very quickly that I was really enjoying this mindset. In just that short period of time, I came to understand in a very powerful way that the principle of service is true. I was happier, and my own problems and worries seemed less difficult. I know that service is a true principle taught and exemplified by our Savior. I've since repeated this pattern by putting other principles of the gospel into practice, and have found each one to be true. I have a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and know His teachings are true.

How I live my faith

I volunteer at my children's schools on a regular basis, teaching the Art Masterpiece program and helping with just about anything else that's needed. I enjoy being involved where my children are, getting to know the people they know. I feel that my greatest potential contribution to my community will be the time I've invested in children--my own as well as others. Our children are our future. If I can help them to be kind and respectful people who take an active role in bettering our world, then my life will have been well spent. I have also been a Visiting Teacher my whole adult life, and have many special friendships from it. As a Visiting Teacher, women are paired in partnerships and asked to watch over other women, usually two or three at a time, within their ward. These partnerships change on a regular basis, so we have opportunities to get to know many different people. As I've served in this way over the years, I've formed wonderful friendships with my Visiting Teaching companions as well as with the sisters we've had watchcare over. We talk with our sisters on the phone, visit them in their homes, help them with their children if needed, take a meal to them if they're ill... We just generally look for ways to ease their burdens and also to lift them spiritually; and in the process we are inevitably lifted ourselves. I also have my own Visiting Teachers, who visit and care for me, and greatly bless my life. Through the Visiting Teaching program I've had opportunities to get to know people I never would have otherwise, and to create strong and lasting friendships. I've had opportunities to serve in many other ways in the church as well. I've taught children, youth, and adults at various times. I participate in the ward choir. I often accompany musical numbers on the piano. I've worked with the young boys in Cub Scouts. I'm currently involved in a church humanitarian effort, making items for newborns in our local hospitals who are in need.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The temple is a place where we can receive instruction that builds upon the foundations of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It's important that the basic truths of the gospel are understood, so that the teachings received in the temple can be understood as well. When individuals attend the temple, it is to make covenants with the Lord, so it's very important that they are prepared to do so. Members who are new to the Church or who are still learning basic gospel truths may need to wait for a period of time, as they gain more knowledge that will prepare them for the teachings of the temple. Also, members of the Church who have engaged in serious transgression cannot attend the temple until the proper steps of repentance have taken place, because the temple is a place where we promise to keep the Lord's commandments. Because the covenants we make are sacred, and are between us and the Lord, we don't speak of them outside of the temple. In the temple we covenant with the Lord that we will keep His commandments and do our best to accomplish His work here on the earth. As we keep our covenants, we are promised eternal blessings that will lead us back to His presence and will allow us to be together as families. Show more Show less