What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Jen

I'm a wife, a mother of twins, a corporate trainer...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised as a Jersey girl, my parents' divorce took me to California when I was in middle school, where I lived for about 15 years. My husband and I moved to Bellevue, WA for a couple years, and then a job opportunity brought us to Philadelphia, PA before settling in suburban Ft. Washington. I truly believe each of our relocations was divinely influenced, although maybe I didn't realize it at the time. The Lord knows where we need to be, whether that's across town, across the country, or on the other side of the world! I have been married since 1996, and we were blessed with identical twin daughters in 2002. I can't imagine my life without my husband or girls. Our family also includes a funny and handsome French Bulldog named Kingsley, a cat, and three goldfish. In my spare time (did I say spare time?), I love to travel, listen to good music, watch hockey (go Flyers!), dine out, Facebook, and spend time with family and friends. I pride myself on my knowledge of classic TV, movies, and music. I have a great sense of humor and LOVE to make people laugh. I also love teaching and am blessed to have a full-time career as a corporate trainer - only three miles from home!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Christian in my younger years, by a dad who was raised Catholic and a Lutheran mom. For a few years in elementary school, my dad had my brother and I participating in CCD classes, receiving our First Holy Communion, and going through our First Rites of Penance in the Catholic church. These experiences, along with attending a Lutheran service here and there, helped to form my belief in and relationship with my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. But I still remember asking myself questions at a young age that were not answered: Where did I come from? How come I live with my family and not some other parents? What will happen when I die? In my teenage years, I also experienced the Assembly of God faith, and then attended a born-again Christian church for several years. I remember feeling the spirit of the Lord on several occasions, but it was nothing that really stuck with me. In fact, I was very opposed to any type of organized religion for some time. When I looked at religion, I saw hypocrisy. It took me a long time to understand that people may be hypocrites, but the truth is the truth no matter how you look at it. I married into a Mormon family and had no desire to join their faith. It turns out there were different plans for my life. My sister-in-law invited the missionaries over to teach the Mormon faith to a close friend of hers, and she invited me to join them. Unfortunately, her friend was not able to attend most of the discussions, which left me learning about my husband's religion. As soon as the missionaries shared with me our Heavenly Father's "plan of salvation," it was like a light bulb going off! I finally had the answers to the questions I asked myself when I was younger! I began reading the Book of Mormon and prayed if it was true. The spirit of the Lord bore a strong witness to me that indeed it was, and I soon committed to baptism required for membership. I tried to resist, but how could I deny the witness I experienced?

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon means being an example to others. Smiles, laughter, and random acts of kindness are where I start. Providing service (not just to Mormons, but also to those outside our faith) is a cornerstone of our faith, whether it's visiting other "sisters" (women) in the ward as a visiting teacher, fulfilling a calling in the church (I currently work with the teenage girls), prepareing dinner for a sick neighbor, or giving someone a ride to work. Being a Mormon means living the Word of Wisdom. If you've never had/enjoyed alcohol, coffee, tea, or tobacco in the past, it's not too difficult. But if you have, it can be quite challenging. When I joined the church, I was a bit of a "party girl" - alcohol was my vice, combined with a history of alcoholism in my family. When I am living the Lord's law of health and abstaining from alcohol, I am blessed with a clear mind and a healthier body than I would have if I was still drinking. There is also a good chance that the cycle of alcoholism in my family will be broken. Being a Mormon and living my faith is definitely not always easy, but the blessings are amazing!