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Hi I'm Jerlyn.

I'm a working wife and mother battling a long term illness. An autism advocate. Toy drive founder. Blogger. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband and 9 year old son. We love to travel together, play together and experience all the beauty around us. We loved our time in Alaska seeing bears and playing with stingrays on Disney's Castaway Cay. We play games at night and are always up for a great movie. I enjoy blogging and recording our lives. As a family, we started a toy drive for Phoenix Children's hospital since our son has spent a lot of time there. I work in real estate, do speaking engagements for autism and get together with our extended families whenever possible. Although I have battled a lot of sickness in the past 2 years keeping me down a lot, we always manage to find a way to make great family memories.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the teachings being a member of the church brings to my life. Being a Mormon has taught me and given me a road map to return to my Heavenly Father. Through following the teachings of the gospel, I have learned the things I need to do here on this earth so that I can live with my Father in Heaven again. I have come to know that my Savior, Jesus Christ, did pay the ultimate sacrifice for my sins. I know that He knows me personally, my likes, my struggles, my heartache and disappointments as well as my successes. As I kneel down in prayer, I know that my Father in Heaven hears me and answers my prayer. I know that there is nothing too big or too small for Him to help me with. It is such a comfort and strength to me as I go through this life. Not only do I have this help for me, but I also know that my Heavenly Father will help me in raising and in parenting my son. There have been so many times that I haven't known what to do, how to help my son and what doctors or therapist to take him too. It is in those moments that I kneel down in prayer and have found the answers I have needed to help him. I have been shown paths that I didn't even know existed and in other instances I have been directed in which path to take to help him become the best he can be. I don't know how I could have helped him with his heart problems or autism without the guidance and direction of my Heavenly Father. Because I know that no matter how much I love my son, our Father in Heaven loves him even more than I am capable of, He will always show me the way to help better my son's life. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have come to trust my Savior, lean on Him for strength and guidance. I have felt His love. I have felt His arms of love surrounding me and helping me through the bumps of life. I know He lives. I know He loves each of us. It is through this knowledge that I have come to know the truthfulness of His gospel and I am so very grateful.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. It is something that is apart of who I am. My faith helps me in every day decisions as well as the big, life-altering ones. Our family tries to show others our faith by serving and helping people out whenever we get a chance. The biggest way our family has chosen to serve is by starting a toy drive for our local children's hospital. We wanted to give back for all the wonderful things that have been done for our son while he was in there. In the last 5 years, we have collected over 8,000 toys with the help of our son's school, family and friends, garage and bake sales, and even a carnival. We have learned that the most incredible feeling comes when dropping off all the toys at the hospital. And it is one of our favorite traditions of Christmas, since it brings the spirit of giving into our home. I also try to live my faith by being happy and positive. Everyone has a lot of trials and hard things in their lives right now. I try to live each day to show those around me that through the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can be happy even in and among our trials. I visit a lot of doctors with my health. I see a lot of people that are hurting. I try my best to bring joy to them, even in the small moments that we spend together in treatments and waiting rooms. I have learned that a happy heart can lift and cheer even in the hardest of situations. Jesus always took time for the sick and afflicted while on this earth, I have learned through my trials, that He still does comfort, strengthen and care for those that are struggling today. If I can show that through my concern, help them to know that there is someone that cares and loves them, then I will have accomplished my goal of living each day to the fullest and showing those around me that the gospel of Jesus Christ can and does change lives.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

I asked my son the other day if he had a "testimony" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. He replied, "I don't know. Mom, what is a testimony?" This is how I explained it to him. A testimony is something you know deep down. It is something that you believe with all of your heart. It comes with a knowledge of something is true and then receiving a burning in your heart or incredible feeling of the truthfulness of that belief. Often it comes when praying if something is true. While on your knees, asking with a true desire to know, you will get a warm, wonderful feeling and you will know that it is true. He responded, "Oh mom, I do know that our Heavenly Father loves me. I know that Jesus Christ died for me. I know that when I pray that my Heavenly Father hears me. I have felt the Holy Ghost tell me that these things are true." I responded to my son, "That, my son, is a testimony of those truths." He smiled, "I do have a testimony." Show more Show less