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Hi I'm Jennifer

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a child, my father served in the United States Army. Our regular moves took us all of the country and even to other countries. This constant change taught me that people you don't know are just friends you haven't met yet. Now, I am the mother of five beautiful children. They are the joy of my life! I am so blessed to be able to be home with my children as a stay at home mom. I love photography. The thrill of getting an amazing photo keeps me trying to perfect the craft, to see the beauty everywhere and to share it with others. Capturing a moment, memorializing it for my family in a photo is a precious treasure that allows others to see things and people as I see them. I love writing and would like to share some of the things that have changed my life with others when I feel like I have the time to write it all down. I also enjoy reading, cooking, figuring out ways to make foods more healthy for my kiddos, making cards, scrapbooking, playing with Photoshop, going on bike rides with my family, and going to lunch with my friends. Being with my family is one of my very favorite things!

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, I went hiking in the mountains of Washington state, where I used to live with my parents. As I ascended higher and higher, the view became more and more breathtaking and amazing. I would get to a new high point and think that nothing could be more beautiful than the view I had before me. But, as I continued to climb, I would rise above more trees and be able to see even more of the beauty around me. Again, I would think that the view could not possibly be improved, that it was the best thing I had ever seen. When I finally reached the top of the mountain, the view turned into a 360 degree view for miles and miles. The view at the top truly was magnificent; miles stretching out in a colorful and majestic masterpiece that felt like a gift from God just for me. If I would have stopped at one of the earlier views, I would have missed the best view of all. Also as I neared the top, I felt closer and closer to God, until, at the top, I felt as though He had been helping me to the top where He had been lovingly and patiently waiting for me to arrive so that He could spend some time with me. The reason I live the gospel is like the reason I continued to climb the mountain even though I was sure that things could not get better that what I had already seen. I feel like my progression in the gospel has been like climbing this mountain. The more I learn about and understand the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more I think that I could not possibly feel more of the love of God, or the joy in His gospel, until I progress further and find that things can get so much better. As I climb the mountain of the gospel, I feel myself getting closer and closer to God and my joy in Him gets fuller and fuller. I am so thankful to have an understanding of God's love for me, as evidenced by the many many answers to my prayers, and the atonement of Jesus Christ (to name but a few). I would love for everyone to have the joy that I have in my Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to Church and sharing my convictions and beliefs with friends who feel the same way I do. Most of my closest friends are people that I have had the chance to serve along side in church. I have taught the doctrines of the gospel to adults and to youth, and right now, I teach it to 14 and 15 year old girls to help them understand how wonderful the gospel is. I pray every day for divine help to be a better person, to know how I can serve others, and to know how I can share the joyful teachings of Jesus Christ with people around me and to thank God for the many tender mercies he blesses me with. I love to read the words of God in the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. No matter what trials I face, I feel more peace, power and joy when I read from the Book of Mormon. It helps me feel God's love and presence in my home and actually makes a difference in the way my family behaves. Essentially though, I live my faith by learning how Jesus Christ acted and treated others, and trying every day to do what He did and to be more like Him.