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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a wife, a mother of a special needs child, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a mother of 5, a daughter, sister, and friend and I'm a Mormon. I attended college at BYU and managed to escape without a Mrs. degree. I would often joke with my roomates that my future husband was probably somewhere serving a mission, but little did I know he was still in high school. I met him on a blind date 3 years after graduating with my BA. I worked at a variety of jobs, largely in the education field, and I greatly enjoyed working with kids with special needs. Little did I know then that these special kids would provide me with some much needed experience for my own child. My oldest daughter has been diagnosed as bipolar, ADD, and she also has Asperger's (high functioning autism). Being her mother has been the biggest growing opportunity of my life and it has greatly strengthened my reliance on the Lord for the myriad of things that I have no idea how to handle.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it provides peace in my life. I'm human and I've gone through periods of doubt, as I'm sure everyone does. I was raised by Mormon parents, but when I moved out on my own I decided that I needed to find out for myself if this was the church for me. I got to work serving others, studying the scriptures, listening to General Conference and offering sincere prayers to my Father in Heaven. Slowly but surely, my testimony grew and I knew that membership in the Church would make my life complete. I am a Mormon because I would be lost without the Church. I have experienced many different trials, just like everyone else, and the one thing that has kept me grounded and provided peace is knowing that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father and that He loves me and He wants me to be happy. It is very trying to deal with mental illness on a daily basis. Before experiencing this first hand, I just figured with the right medication and counseling you could ride off into the sunset and have a long, happy life. Unfortunately, this has not been the case for my daughter. She has good days, and she has bad days. And the bad days are very bad, and they are a lot more frequent than I would like. I know that my Father in Heaven has sent her to me for a reason and I learn each day from our interactions with each other. Trials are scary and I know that as soon as I’m presented with something difficult I always cringe and pray that I will learn my lessons as soon as possible. But, during my most heart wrenching trials I have had the sweetest feelings of peace and comfort. I would not trade those beautiful moments for anything, not even a more predictable life. I know that trials can strengthen our faith if we allow it too, and I know for me this has definitely been the case.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve as a den mother for my son’s scout group. It is the only calling in the church that isn’t actually ‘within’ the church. The Boy Scouts of America reinforce what we endeavor to teach our children and the Mormon church strongly encourages participation from its members. I have had many callings over the years working with every age group and I have done everything from teaching, organizing activities, camping with teenage girls, and even playing the piano, (if you have ever heard me play, you’d know what I mean by that!) But each calling, regardless of its perceived importance, has always been inspired by the Lord and I know that He has called me to these positions to help me grow my talents and make many close friends along the way. Serving others (and alongside others) is the best way I know to develop love for them.