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Hi I'm Jen

I am an Indiana girl, trying to figure out the world, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I guess this is the part where I tell you who I am, what I love and what I hope to do with my life. But the thing is, I'm not real sure about any of that. I'm in college, and I'm still trying to decide what path my life will take. I have a burning love for children and helping them develop, and as far as I can tell, motherhood is my calling. Beyond that, I have nothing figured out. It is very frustrating living every day, wanting to know what to do, yet not being able to figure it out. However, I know that there is a plan for me, and that as long as I continue to live the Gospel, Heavenly Father will show me that plan. I have been a member of the church for a year now (yay!) and I have grown more in the past three or fourth months than I think I have in my entire life. My hopes and dreams seem closer than ever, and I know it is because oh my undying faith in my loving Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. No matter where I end up in my life, I know that He will always be with me to guide me by his spirit. So I am not afraid of the unknown future before me. No matter what it is, it will be his plan, and his doing. Hopefully, I can update this soon with more details!

Why I am a Mormon

Before last year, I wasn't a religious person. I went to church with my family, and tried out various other religions, but I always felt like something was missing. That was until, I discovered the Book of Mormon. I read the book. I prayed to see if it was true. I received my answer. Since that day, my life has been drastically different. The past year hasn't been a cake walk. It has been, in fact, the hardest and most brutal year of my life. And up until four months ago, I wasn't embracing the Gospel entirely. I was clinging to the Iron Rod, instead of holding fast. I was stuck in my past, afraid of moving forward. Then, I started reading, and attending church again. The spirit that filled my soul cannot be completely described. I can say that I have never felt more hope or peace than when I snuggle in bed with my scriptures. I know that this church is true. I know that Jesus Christ died for my sins, so I may become perfected in his kingdom. I know that Heavenly Father knows me by name, and loves me more than I can ever comprehend. I know that I am his daughter. I know that Joseph Smith received a vision of Heavenly Father, and I believe in the living word today. I believe that President Thomas S. Monson receives revelation for our Father in Heaven. I believe that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are testaments of Christ's work on the earth, and I believe in the fullness of the gospel. I believe that through prayer and the scriptures, we can receive personal revelation. Think of it! The joy of feeling Heavenly Father's plan and advice for us in our own homes! There is truly nothing more amazing or complete than this church.

How I live my faith

I attend a Young Single Adult ward (church) in my city. I love the spirit I feel there with young members like me! It is great to go to church and receive guidance from people my own age, that understand the trials I am going through right now. My duty, or calling, in the church is a Family Home Evening teacher. Every Monday, the members of our ward come to the building as a "family." We learn lessons from the scriptures, or from talks from the church authorities. We then have a fun filled activity and sometimes some lovely snacks. It's over all a great time! I also attend Institute, scripture study, every week. This is a fun, group way to learn about the scriptures. I also pray and do my own personal study every night. This is all cliche stuff, however. I integrate the scriptures into my life every day by trying to treat every one the way Christ did. By not judging others based on their looks, by always choosing the right in every decision, and by always trying allow my Heavenly Father to help me with my trials. I have found that if I let him take the reigns, my life runs a lot smoother. I also volunteer in my community when I have time. I love volunteering! It's a wonderful way to feel Heavenly Father's presence. Finally, I pray every day, all day. When I feel overwhelmed, stressed or upset I tell Heavenly Father, and he helps me through it. He is always there when I need him. I am always sure to thank him when he helps me out too! We should never forget to be thankful for every thing he gives us, for it truly is a great magnitude of things.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

When the missionaries taught me, they were very friendly and helpful. They simply sat down with me, and taught me the basics of the LDS faith. They helped me to understand everything I had questions about. They will go through the different aspects of the church with you, and show you Heavenly Father's love for you! They will also most likely give you a copy of the Book of Mormon. My advice: read it with an open heart! You will undoubtedly feel the spirit as you read, and you will know the truth for yourself. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely! I read the Bible every night along with the Book of Mormon. Together, they are Christ's works and the fullness of the Gospel. The Book of Mormon is simply another testament of Christ in the Americas. The Bible is often quoted in Church meetings and in lessons. Show more Show less