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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a Mormon. I'm lucky to have lived in many places around the world and love meeting all types of people. Everyone is special.

About Me

I grew up in a military family so we traveled a lot. We settled in Draper when I was 11 years old. I immediately fell in love with my neighbor and convinced him to marry me 10 years later. We have been married for 32 years. We have had our ups and downs but it has all been worth the effort to give and take. We have five children. Our first three wonderful children are married (boy, girl, girl) and we have nine special grandchildren. We had a 5 1/2 year break before we had our final two awesome boys. They are both serving on missions for our church right now. It is one of the hardest things for a mom to let her child leave her care for two years when they are just beginning to be your friend again. Even so, I wouldn't want it any other way. I have to admit that Heavenly Father's care is a whole lot better than mine, and they are learning and growing more in these two years than in all 19 years previous. I am thankful my sons were willing to serve on missions to find those who want to have true peace and happiness in this life and for eternity. I love to travel and relax and read. That doesn't happen very often but I'm not giving up hope. I enjoy plays and musical performances. I appreciate the talents of others.

Why I am a Mormon

I am so blessed to have had the gospel in my life from birth. Everyone is born into different circumstances and some have to search for the purpose of life. That would be so hard I'm sure. Sometimes we take this blessing for granted. My family is the most important thing to me and I want to be with them forever. Heavenly Father has a plan and a purpose for us and even though we will always have our own set of trials, he will be there to help us through them. I am so thankful for the Book of Mormon and all of the scriptures we have. We know what has taken place in the past and I'm glad we have the opportunity to learn from what those long ago have been through, even though we sometimes have to learn it ourselves, the hard way. It was the perfect time for Joseph Smith to restore the church to the earth. We needed direction. Everything has a plan and a purpose. The church has organized everything so perfectly. I love the women's organization called Relief Society. It helps us feel loved and important. Women don't always feel great about themselves with all they have to deal with each day and in Relief Society, you will have the love and support of many sisters who really do care even if you aren't a "Mormon". I know this program and all of the others were inspired. My mother always told me that if one or two parts of the gospel are true, then it all is. We just need faith and love. We are all brothers and sisters just helping each other get through this test on earth that we all have to go through. We just can't ever give up. I love being a mormon and knowing I'm special and even on a bad day, I'm loved completely.

How I live my faith

I've participated in many different areas of the church throughout my life. When I was in college I taught a lesson on Sunday once a month for the women. At the time the lesson was called "Cultural Refinement". I felt far from qualified. I was so scared. After getting married I taught 3 year olds which prepared me for motherhood. They were darling and I loved them but I didn't understand them very well. Now that I've had a few more years of experience. I've loved working with many ages of youth from 18 months (my favorite) to 18 years. We moved into a new home about 20 months ago. We had lived in our previous home for 15 years. We loved it there, but with our extended family growing and wanting to still get together a lot, we were looking for something more condusive to accomodate them. Almost literally overnight, we had to make an offer on a total dream home. We were in shock, because we got it. We were able to sell our home in two weeks, unheard of in this economy, to a wonderful family who was truly meant to be there as I know we were supposed to be here. The first week we went to church, we felt such love and caring. I was asked to be the Nursery Leader and loved every second of it. That is where even 18 months to three year olds gain their first tender feelings about going to church. Then, surprise, 13 months later I was asked to be the president of our women's organization in my ward called "Relief Society". What a humbling feeling. Everyone in our ward is so incredible and I was blessed to be able to serve them. I surely didn't know very many of them but I know that Heavenly Father gives us the strength and courage and ability to accomplish his will. I pray for his guidance every day. I have such a strong testimony of the importance of that sisterhood in our ward and neighborhood. We all need someone at sometime and I know the Relief Society program was inspired of God.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

I feel bad when all Mormon's are judged by something that one person does wrong. Everyone has weaknesses in different areas. I hope the world will understand that we are not perfect, only Christ was, but we want to be like him and so we keep trying every day to be a little more kind and good in our weaknesses. We can never give up. Just knowing we are only human, we do things we shouldn't, more than we should. Thank goodness for repentance and forgiveness. We all love our Savior and are ultimately trying to be like him. Show more Show less