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Hi I'm Jalene Wilcken

I am a mom. I'm a wife. I'm a sister, a daughter, and a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mom of 4 kids. My husband and I have been married for almost 8 years. Among so many other things, I love to craft. I love to do paper crafts, but I have just revived my sewing talent. My mom and one of my older sisters taught me to sew when I was little, but it didn't ever make sense to me. Once I started having kids, I knew that I wanted to take care of them and make them things. I dusted off my sewing machine. I started with accessories for halloween costumes. Then I graduated to mending and altering clothes. After I had my 2 boys, and a girl came along, I started to have fun. I started while I was pregnant with her and now I make anything and everything I can. I'm not the best seamstress in the world, or probably even in the town, but my kids think I am. I'm trying to be the best mom I can be, I want to be my kids' Super Mom. I'm growing everyday and learning constantly. I've been working on my cooking, keeping the house clean, and keeping up with all other things that need to get done. Being the youngest of 6 growing up, I was a little spoiled and didn't do a lot of the chores that I should have, but I'm making up for that now, my kids are making sure of that. Taking care of my family and creating things that make my family smile makes me feel like I've succeeded as a mom and as a wife, it's the most fulfilling feeling.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church from birth. Going to a High school where there weren't that many other members, I had to explain myself a lot. I didn't choose to remain in this church to be popular. It's not the easiest thing to explain why we do some of the things we do, but none of it is a secret. I remain in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I strongly believe in everything we do in this church. After scripture study and prayer the feeling that I have when the spirit testifies of the truthfulness of the teachings of the church, I can't help but know that this is the place that I want to be. I don't get the same feelings in other churches. The peace that I feel when I'm following the commandments and when I'm following the other teachings of the church only testifies further to the truth of this church. It brings peace into my home when we're teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to my children, and it makes me so happy when they get a concept and when they see the gospel teachings working in their lives. When you go to church and physically feel the love of Jesus Christ and good friends that feel like family when you walk in the door, how can you want to be anywhere else?

How I live my faith

I am a primary teacher. I teach the gospel to 7-8 year olds. I love teaching children that age. They get so excited when they learn something new and exciting about the gospel. It's great to see them every week on Sunday and see how enthusiastic they are about learning and about service and kindness. It's wonderful to see the light in their eyes. I am also a visiting teacher. I have a partner and we go once a month to 3 other women's houses to visit them, and make sure that there isn't anything that they need from us. We also share with them a message from the Prophet, Thomas S. Monson or one of the other General Authorities of the church and help them when anything they might need at that time. A lot of the time just visiting them really brightens up their day. I know when my visiting teachers come visit me, sometimes that is all I need. Through the years, I have been blessed to be able to serve my sisters in the church and I enjoy the blessings that not only it brings to their lives, but the blessings I receive as well. Some times bringing them dinner for their family, or taking their kids for a while, when they are stressed or busy, or just had a baby, or just listening when they are having a bad day, is all that it takes to make a bad day into a good week. It gives us a chance to make friends and really cement bonds between the sisters of the church. I know that some women don't get that kind of attention, and I don't know how they can handle the daily craziness without visiting teachers. They are always the first people I call when I need help, and I hope that my partner or I will be the first call for the sisters that I visit teach when something is going on in their lives. It truly is a blessing in my life to have that life line to fall back on just in case.