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Hi I'm Jillian

I'm a writer, a musician, a cook, a foodie, an environmentalist, an avid camper, and a Mormon.

About Me

I was born to two "mountain hippies," who home-schooled their seven children since kindergarten to college. This allotted my parents ample time to facilitate family outings and adventures, especially in the great outdoors. I developed an appreciation for the wildness of nature and it's positive effect on humans. I love to write and I've written four novels and several award winning short stories and poems; one day I hope to be a published novelist! I am currently living in Utah with my husband while we both pursue our degrees; I am pursuing a degree in recreational therapy and outdoor educational leadership, with an emphasis on individuals with disabilities. My husband and I love to explore wherever we are and have spontaneous adventures. We love to travel. After high school, I taught English to kindergartners in China and Russia and my husband and my hope is to one day own an international non-profit organization serving those less fortunate. Family is extremely important to us and I am so grateful to know that families are forever through the power of God. Nothing has brought be greater happiness than this gospel and my testimony that God is aware of me, loves me, and will always help me become the best version of myself.

Why I am a Mormon

My "conversion story" isn't a single incident that dramatically and permanently altered my life and perception of eternity; my conversion story is a long string of events that began before I was born and will continue into my future. Having grown up in a strong LDS family, I have always been surrounded by the Church and gospel principles and doctrine--and Church members. As I was home-schooled throughout my elementary education, my mom incorporated Christ into many of our lessons; we began school with a prayer. From a young age, I believed God loved me. The first time I had a confirmation of the truthfulness of this Church was when I read The Book of Mormon and took Moroni's challenge in Moroni 10:4, to pray and ask if the Church was true. Before I even began praying, my heart warmed and I couldn't speak (I planned to pray vocally), so strong were my emotions and feelings right then. It was as if God wrapped his arms around me and I knew, without a doubt, that He exists and loves me and that the LDS Church truly is His. Whenever I feel alone or worthless, I know I can always turn to my Heavenly Father and He will remind me of his endless love for me, that I am a priceless gift; He is my best friend, the best kind of friend, for I can and do go to Him for anything. If I start to doubt myself, God, or His Church, He does something to remind of what I already know: a scripture reference, a talk in Church, an angel in the form of a fellow child of God, a miraculous sunrise, a much-needed coincidence, the laugh of a child--all of which I consider miracles. I don't believe in luck; I believe in blessings. I know God lives; I know Christ is my Savior; I know the Book of Mormon is true and that there is a living prophet on the earth today; I know families are forever through the power of the Priesthood, which is a big reason for why I am a Mormon: I want to be with my present and heavenly family forever. The LDS Church makes this possible; I am proud to be Mormon.

How I live my faith

My mother always encouraged a spirit of service. On Thanksgiving, we would serve at soup kitchens in the morning before we would have our traditional family dinner. It was amazing to meet so many of God's children and help them have a wonderful holiday. I've continued this tradition with my husband, and we will continue it when we have children. I believe that we are all on earth to work with and help each other on our journey back to heaven. My favorite scripture is John 13:35, "In this shall all know that ye are my disciples, if ye may have love one to another." I believe that how we treat each other is what will stand out about us--I want people to say, "Wow, she is so nice and respectful!" This will show the Lord that we love Him, by how we love His children.