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Hi I'm Jill

I love children, reading, and learning! I love chocolate, caramel, and nuts in any combination. I love naps! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to BYU-Provo and earned a degree in Business. I got married and had 5 children. Unfortunately that marriage ended in divorce. I needed to go back to school to support my family. I remembered how much I enjoyed teaching children in our church so I got an ElEd Degree from ASU. I taught for 7 years and LOVED it. During that time I married a wonderful man with 2 children of his own. Together we have 7 children and 15 grandchildren. My life did not turn out the way I planned it but it has still turned out to be a good life. I have been blessed through all the ups and downs. Now I help take care of grandchildren so my daughter can also be a teacher!

Why I am a Mormon

I was 8 years old when I was baptized along with my parents and older siblings. A young woman gave my dad a Book of Mormon while he was on an airplane. That Book sat on his bookshelf for a few years and he didn't think much of it. My parents began searching for a new church because they felt something was missing in their church. This Book of Mormon began to "call out" to him from the bookshelf every time he walked by it. He finally picked it up and began reading it. My parents decided to investigate the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS. We visited Temple Square in Salt Lake City. I loved the messages that were taught there. They seemed familiar to me and I recognized this even though I was barely 7 years old. My parents called the local Mormon church and asked if anyone could talk to them about their beliefs. Soon two missionaries showed up at our door. I felt the Spirit they brought into our home. The things they taught us made sense. Although I enjoyed Sunday School and Vacation Bible School I was often confused by some of the things they taught. Even as a young child I remember the difference in the Spirit of our home. I began reading the Book of Mormon and had prayers answered as a young child. Our lives did not suddenly become easier but we had the tools to deal with it better and that made a difference in our family. As an adult I have read and prayed and gained my own testimony of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS. When I have had questions I have turned to the scriptures for answers. My testimony grows and becomes strong as I'm obedient to what I know. When I become disobedient and unwilling to do what I know is right my testimony becomes weaker. I have learned this and it has helped me stay strong in times of trial. Being a member of this church has changed my life and the lives of my posterity for the better. I'm so grateful my parents sought for and found truth.

How I live my faith

I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I try to be the best person I can be. I don't always succeed but I keep trying. Once a month I teach the women in my congregation from the messages that are given to us by our prophet, apostles, and other church leaders. I love how they always testify of Jesus Christ in their messages. I try to read my scriptures every day and say morning and evening prayers. Once a week we meet as a family and discuss gospel principles. I wish I could say that every attempt is successful but it isn't. At these times I'm so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and that I can repent and be forgiven. One of my favorite things to participate in is service projects. I feel such joy when I can help others. I have also been the recipient of service and it is such a blessing.