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Hi I'm Jenni

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in southern California. I am a convert to the church.

About Me

I was raised in a good protestant family with both a mother and a father. I married a wonderful man who was a hard worker, unfortunately he was a recovered heroine addict who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and became an addict all over again. We divorced then I met my second husband who was a good man as well. We had three daughters and were very happy until he was diagnosed with ALS, it was a difficult time in my life, he died two years later. My daughters where 5,6 and 8 when he died I was so fortunate to have my biological family as well as my church family to help me raise those girls. We lived on a good size property and had horses, a pet pig, a goat, ducks, cats and a dog. Life was very good to us through those years. The church has a singles program with dances and conferences which allowed me to socialize in an LDS environment, where I eventually met my third husband Mike. Mike was there through the high school years and was a great support to me as well as a great dad to my daughters. We both love to scuba dive and were fortunate to be able to travel and dive in other countries. I also have enjoyed my horses and live near the mountains and pack our mule and ride into the mountains and camp. After my daughters left home we started foster care to fill the empty nest syndrome where we found a beautiful little boy and girl who we adopted and are now raising. We continue to do foster care as well. I feel very blessed in the life I have had.

Why I am a Mormon

After I divorced my first husband due to his drug addiction, I was looking for a relationship like my parents had. Unfortunately they didn't have any good young adult programs in the church I was raised. My brother had converted to the LDS Church when I he was in high school and I knew his church was very family oriented and that is what was searching for. I started attending church with my brother at a young adult singles ward. I started taking the missionary lessons and every time we would meet I felt this feeling in my chest a feeling of such joy I felt my chest would explode because I was so full of what I now know was the spirit testifying of the truthfulness of the church. I didn't have a full understanding of the church but as I prayed and pondered I received a testimony that what I was being taught was true and the was the true church here on earth, the book of Mormon was true and that we had a living prophet here on earth. I learned about Joseph Smith and how the keys to the church were taken from the earth a short time after Christ death because people on the earth were not ready to accept the gospel and killed all the prophets. I learned how the Book of Mormon is about a group of people who left Jerusalem and traveled many miles over land and see and settled in the Americas ( We believe they are the Aztec Indians). They too became corrupted and after several centuries died, but their history was preserved in the gold plates that many centuries later Joseph Smith would be guided to find and translate into the book of Mormon, at that time the Lord felt the world was ready to have the keys restored to the church and that is when the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints was restored to the earth. After learning these things I understood how the true church could come to the earth after all these other religions had been established as far back as Christ time. I am so grateful for this knowledge and the blessings I have received.

How I live my faith

My daughters grew up in an LDS family, I did not and had to learn all that was expected of us by our Heavenly Father. I am so grateful I was able to teach my girls through family home evening where we would have time each week to spend time together have a short lesson, play games and make treats. We went to church every Sunday and had the opportunity to study and sometimes give talks to other church members on topics we had researched, this helps us as member learn more about things our Heavenly Father wants us to know. We all hold callings, I have worked with the primary children which helped me know how to teach my own young children the gospel. Later I was in the women’s presidency which helped me strengthen myself as well as the other mothers and wives around me with what I need to do and know as a woman in the church. I have also been in the young women’s program which helps our young women know there worth and know they are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves them. Our youth learn the high standards of the church, about being virtuous, modest, kind and serving others as well as other great standards. We do our best to live these standards which helps us all overcome the temptations of the world. We have scripture study and family prayer together each morning and pray night together as well as our personal prayer to keep in constant contact with our Heavenly Father. We also eat together every evening without outside distractions, this allows us to stay close to each other and what is going on in each of our lives. We have meetings during the week as well, the youth have a mid-week activity and the women meet once a month and have activities that help and strengthen us. When my daughters started high school they attended a scripture class each morning prior to school, which taught them more about scripture study and learning about the beliefs of the LDS church. When it was time for my daughters to leave home they attended church colleges.