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Hi I'm Jennifer

Raised in Arizona, I'm a mom, an Economist and Statistician, and former university instructor. I enjoy running and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning and finished my third graduate degree recently. I developed life-threatening complications in pregnancy but have been blessed to have survived it along with two thriving daughters. Motherhood is one of my deepest and most profound gifts from God. I love to run and also love to cook, sew, and figure skate. I am a working mother with a professional career which I love and enjoy. I live a balanced life and try to teach this principle to my children by precept and by example.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in the church I became an atheist and was married to one as well. I became so depressed because of a lack of spiritual connection that I thought about taking my life. When I asked in my mind "what is my purpose, what do I have to live for?" the Spirit came to me and I felt that Heavenly Father knew me and wanted to help me. I had to make difficult choices that led to a divorce, dropping out of law school, moving back to Arizona, and starting over again. I had to choose between the life I was living and the life I knew I should be living. I explored other churches but felt hollow inside. When I walked into the LDS church building for the first time in over 10 years I felt peaceful and at home. I felt hollow and sad when I walked into other churches like something was missing. I am a Mormon because I know by the things that happen to me in my life that Heavenly Father is guiding me. I am happier and things just "work out" more often now than they did before. I still have struggles but I am blessed with comfort, peace, and answers to my prayers so that I can deal with struggles in a better way. I know that Heavenly Father knew how I was feeling and that I wanted to be happy. He answered my prayers by telling me through the Spirit that I needed to make big changes in order to be happy. I knew that I needed to change my life and once I did I am much happier and do not struggle with depression like I did before.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being sensitive to people's needs. When I know that people at work are dealing with difficult situations I try to do things that help aleviate their struggles. For example, when a coworker's wife had several days of medical tests, I prepared a home-cooked meal for their family, so that they could just spend time together and not worry about what to eat for dinner. When I have the thought to do something for a particular person I do not hesitate or delay--I do it right away. When I was cleaning out my closet, a teenage girl living on the next street kept coming to mind, so I called her and asked if she wanted to go through the things I no longer needed and she left my house with several bags of "new" clothes. I know that Heavenly Father answers prayers through others and I try to be a person God can rely on to help him answer other people's prayers by doing what I feel inspired to do, for the person I'm inspired to help, without putting it off for a few days--I try to take care of it as soon as I feel the impression to do so.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Jennifer
I was pro-choice for years until I underwent fertility treatment at 32 years old and saw my daughter's heart beating on ultrasound at 5 weeks pregnant (3 weeks gestation). At that moment I knew she was a real baby and was spiritually separate from me. Most pregnant women do not get an ultrasound until several months into the pregnancy. Fertility experience taught me so much about the reality of a baby growing inside a woman's body. Many women do not even know they are pregnant at this early gestation and may be under the assumption that until she feels the baby move (near 4 months or 24 weeks gestation) the baby is not real or alive. I know from medical experience that babies in the womb are real living babies as soon as the fertilized egg implants in the uterus (about 2 weeks after the first day of the last period) when blood begins to flow to the implanted egg. I wish more women and young girls knew this information because it may change false perceptions. Every effort should be made to encourage women considering abortion as an elective procedure to have the baby and place for adoption if not married or to keep and raise the baby if married (and not in an abusive or dangerous situation). Abortion should remain legal so that life-threating circumstances to the mother may be remedied if medically necessary or if the pregnancy was achieved through non-concentual or coercive force (rape). As an elective procedure it is heart-breaking for me to think about. Show more Show less