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Hi I'm Jenny

I love learning, traveling, music, horses, and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona and attended school at Eastern Arizona College, where I studied piano. I then transferred to Northern Arizona University, and my husband and I were married during our first semester there. After graduating as an English Education major with a minor in Spanish, I had our first baby boy. My husband speaks Spanish, so we did one parent, one language to help our son learn both languages from birth. I stayed home with our son while my husband continued with school and his career. After a few years, I went back to school online to get a Master's degree in Library Science and had our daughter in the middle of a semester. It was busy, but I loved being with my kids and learning at the same time. I also started teaching piano lessons, which was a wonderful experience. After graduation for me and my husband, we had our third child (a boy), and have recently moved from Arizona to Colorado. Being in Colorado so far has been wonderful. I love the beautiful outdoors and look forward to buying our first home here soon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Latter-day Saint faith and was baptized when I was eight years old. Throughout my life, the teachings of the church have provided me with great comfort and stability. During the turbulent teenage years, I turned to the scriptures for help and felt the Holy Ghost confirming to me that what I read was true and that Heavenly Father knew and loved me. Over the years, I sometimes questioned, is this really God's church? Is the Book of Mormon really true? Does God really care about me? And again and again, I have found the answers I needed or felt the comfort of the Holy Ghost when I prayed or read the scriptures. One thing that has strengthened my belief in the gospel is music. Hymns and other sacred music has greatly influenced and strengthened me in my resolve to follow the Savior. Feeling the Spirit when I sing or play an instrument gives me such joy and security. I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ died for us, and my testimony of these things has been greatly influenced by the power of music. My education has also brought me closer to God. Seeing the great organization and beauty of the world helps me to know that this earth was not created by accident. Understanding psychology has helped me understand our need for God in our life. Being a parent helps me understand, to a small degree, what our God must feel about each one of us and that He wouldn't abandon us or forget about us. I am grateful knowing that I can be with my family after this life as well. I know that God will help us as we pray to Him and learn of Him through the scriptures.

How I live my faith

My musical background has opened up many opportunities for me to serve others. I have been able to play the piano and organ for church services, at convalescence homes, and for family and friends. I have also been able to help families who have lost a loved one by playing at funeral services. Being able to help others with my talent has given me a chance to follow Jesus' example of service. I also enjoy teaching and have been able to teach piano as well as gospel lessons at church to children, youth, and adults. Being a Mormon has also given me the opportunity to get to know new people. I have been able to serve others by bringing meals to new moms, watching kids for people who are moving, and be a friend to people I might not get to meet otherwise. Some of my dearest friends I have, I met while serving.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jenny
Our life here on earth is a time for us to learn and grow. We come to earth not remembering God because He wants to see if we will still choose to follow Him without that knowledge. Naturally we all make mistakes: we are impatient, we speak unkindly to someone, we lie to get what we want. We can't take those actions back. Thankfully, through Jesus Christ's Atonement, we can be forgiven for those things. He asks us to repent or try to change our attitudes and hearts and then repair the wrong that was done. And that's where grace comes in. We can't completely make up for what we did wrong. We can apologize, we can do our best to never do it again, we can return what was stolen, but we can't undo the past. Because Jesus paid the price for all of our sins in Gethsemane, He can make up the difference. He can heal and comfort the person we have wronged, He can strengthen our efforts to change, and His sacrifice can meet the demands of justice. Grace is an essential part of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Without it, we would not be complete. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Jenny
We can know our Heavenly Father in several ways. We can read the scriptures and learn about Him through the teachings of our prophets. The scriptures help us know who He is and how He interacts with His children here on earth. We can pray. We can talk to God and ask Him to help us know Him. We can tell him about our struggles, pain, and questions and receive His comfort and answers. We can set aside a quiet time each day to listen to what He wants us know and feel His Spirit. We can look at the world around us and see the beauty of what He has created for us. We can listen to the wind, look at the flowers or sunsets, and feel God's presence and power. We can listen to music that is peaceful and powerful. We can read and sing the hymns and feel the truth of the words written. Show more Show less