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Hi I'm Jocelyn

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life. I choose to mother my 5 children from home but happily send the oldest three to school in order to play "Hugs, Kisses and Tickles" with my preschooler and toddler. We made up the game in which they stand at one end of the kitchen and sprint into my arms for hugs, kisses and (you guessed their favorite....tickles). My best friend and sweetheart works mainly from home so our house in usually in caos, but I pray every day to have the perspective needed to keep things together. Sometimes I miss my work as a high school music teacher, and I have also given up teaching piano lessons for a short time, but I am learning that my kiddos need me more than they need soccer or dance lessons and that my husband needs me most of all. I love reading, enjoy food of all kinds and hope to run a marathon next year. Right now I am up to 8 miles without tears. We have just bought a fixer-upper on 10 acres and my life is about to get intensely exciting as we renovate the home, plant an orchard and teach our children to work.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me about love, honor and service through their examples. But I did not feel the depth of my Savior's love for me until things went horribly wrong in my life. I learned through study of the Book of Mormon about the Atonement of Christ and how His love can heal us when we have been wronged and how we can bless our own lives by letting go of pain. I learned in the bible about Jesus's patience with our lack of eternal perspective as He prepared his apostles for his upcoming crucifixtion and resurrection. I know in my heart and by my studies that every truth in life can be scientifically proven and that God expects us to try His word, and if we will do His will we may know the truth of all things. I have known great christians of many faiths and appreciate their examples and goodness, yet find that the most blessings come from making and keeping sacred covenents, most of which are not offered by other faiths. I know of the truth of my own eternal nature as a daughter of God by the many things I am taught by the Holy Ghost and his presence with me while I serve in the temple. These sacred experiences have sustained my faith even in the presence of hypocracy within this very church. The church is just a group of people that are not always true, so I do not claim that this is a "true church". I do affirm that Jesus is the Christ, He lives, and He has authorized his prophet Thomas S. Monson to lead this church. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true record of God's dealings with those in the book. I know that although there are some within the membership of this church who have violated the principles taught here, the principles are still true. You may know of their truth by asking God. He never lies.

How I live my faith

I have spent the majority of my adult years serving the children of our church. I am passionate about the power music has to communicate and have been blessed to share that passion as a pianist and chorister in the primary (children's sunday school). Nothing brings tears to my eyes faster than a group of pure and innocent children singing with all their hearts about their love for our Savior and their testimony of His love for them. It is an honor to share with them my love for Him and its fun to get to play games and goof around with music and get their wiggles out every Sunday. My testimony of charity has grown as I have been served by the other women of our faith who have been my visiting teachers. We have moved many, many times and there has always been a woman, a sister of my heart, who has helped feed my family, clean my home, pack me up and tearfully send me off on my next grand adventure. I have had 5 c-sections and 1 miscarriage and the women of my church have been my strength and my family as I have traveled far from home. It is because I have been given much that I too, must give. I now make a mean soup and awesome whole wheat bread meal to take the strain away from my new sisters, its my signature "hello, you are loved just as I have been!"

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jocelyn
The priesthood is the authority that God has given man to use Gods' power for God's purposes. He does not give that power to anyone to hold, yet it is through authorized agents that God acts to bless His children. God has given his daughters the power to sustain life and bring his children to earth. They have the primary responsibility to protect that life that has begun inside of them. This sacred responsibility to bear children was not given to men, yet men have been given another opportunity to bless God's children through use of his power. The men's priesthood responsibility includes receiving inspiration in leading the family in the home and leading the church membership in general. The men who are ordained to use God's priesthood power give blessings, perform ordinances such as baptism and officiate in marriages and other duties. Neither power is greater or lesser in God's eyes. Women do have their own charitable organization within our church that focuses on training the women to lead out in performing the works of Christ. These include strengthening the home and family, increasing faith and personal righteousness and helping those in need. The motto of the relief society is that "charity never faileth". This ministry among the women does not carry the same responsibilities as the men's priesthood organization yet it meets the very real needs of every member of every community it is active in. Show more Show less