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Hi I'm Jen Lyman

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Southern California and am a mother of four beautiful kids.

About Me

I think you would best describe me as a typical stay at home mom. My husband is an educator and I've enjoyed being able to stay at home and make the most of the income he provides. Others are often amazed at the quality of life we maintain in spite of the low salaries provided to educators in out state. I have used the education I received from the Marriott School of Management at BYU to manage and maximize the resources that we have. I love sharing the tools and philosophies I employ to make our dollars stretch and would love to start a business providing financial counseling when the time is right for me and my family. While I excel at the resource management part of being a stay at home mom, I don't always do so well at the actual mom part. My patience wears thin quickly and I don't feel as nurturing as I think I should. I have found, however, that I gain more patience with each child I am blessed with and that through studying scriptures, especially the New Testament and The Book of Mormon, I learn more about the attributes of my Savior, and how I can gain or improve upon those attributes.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that were already members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was raised in the culture and it became part of my identity - who I was. As I grew up in California, I associated with members of other faiths and had some questioning of my beliefs, but I never had any real trial of my faith. Interestingly enough, it was when I moved to Utah, to the most LDS saturated county in the world, that I faced a trial of my faith. Where in California, being "Mormon" set me apart from nearly everyone else, here, I was just one of many. I felt like I had lost my identity. I didn't feel accepted in my local ward (congregation), and I felt like there were quite a few people not acting like I thought Church members should. I can't really say there was a turning point because it was more gradual, but I eventually realized that I needed to gain a testimony of my Savior, not of "The Church". I was confusing the programs and people of the church with the actual gospel of the church. As I put my focus on my Savior and how I could better follow Him, the programs of the church fell into place as an appropriate support of that faith. I know that as we follow our Savior, and strive to live and serve as He would, our lives will be better. Not great, wonderful, or easy - better. And this Church, as Christ's restored church on the earth today is the best place to do that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each and every day by striving to do those things that the Lord would have me do. I try to create a home where my children will feel safe and loved. I try to be mindful of others and their needs. My husband is amazed at times with how I know what's going on around us and how I seem to know when help is needed. I've been blessed to serve in my local congregations since I went off to college. Each calling I've had has provided me with opportunities to learn and grow. I've led choirs, organized get togethers for hundreds of people, taught and personally ministered to women. I've been able to use my skills for managing money to help families that are struggling to get by in these rough financial times. At the root of all this service is my true desire to live as the Savior would have me live.