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Hi I'm Jennifer

I am a daughter of God, a blessed wife and mother of four, a sister to six, a photographer, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Oklahoma in the '70's along with all the other millions of Jennifers. Although my name is NOT unique, I am grateful for my knowledge that I am a special daughter of God. This knowledge has given me hope during times of heartache and strength during times of weakness. Without a shadow of a doubt, I KNOW my Heavenly Father listens to the pleadings of my heart and is there in the smallest of needs. I am one of seven children in my family, born second to last. My father primarily worked in the college foodservice industry, which brought about many moves for our family. Although it was difficult to move each time, i learned to defeat my insecurities and to make friends wherever I went. This has been a blessing my whole life. Being a part of a large family taught me the importance of serving and working together. In addition to raising our large family, my parents fostered a drug addicted teenager, abandoned young mothers, and others who had nowhere else to turn. We learned early on to love everyone, regardless their circumstances, that we are all brothers and sisters, and the Lord needs us as instruments in His hands to minister to one another in times of need. My senior yr. in college I was set up with my husband Ryan. We were sealed in the Bountiful Temple 8 months later. I felt a happiness that cannot be described as we knelt over the alter that day. Those promised temple blessings and the knowledge that we are eternal have been the backbone of our relationship.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon. My father comes from Mormon pioneer heritage. I was blessed with loving parents who led my siblings and I through Christian example. They lived like Christians, served like them, and loved like them. We were never forced to go to church or to live His gospel. But rather, led by loving example and encouraged to find out for ourselves whether or not it was true. As a child I saw first hand that blessings come from living the gospel. I don't have a single event I can point to when I was officially "converted" to His gospel. I was taught to always pray and seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost. I have felt during many instances in my life a personal, sweet witness through the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true, that this is Christ's restored church, and that if we pattern out lives after Him we will return to Him and our Heavenly Father again someday. This is one thing that is unique about His church. Through prayer and the power of the Holy Ghost we can find out for ourselves whether or not it is true. As a photographer I am always looking for light when composing a shot. When I cannot get enough light I use a reflector or flash to gather more light around my subject. I look at real life and my relationship with Christ in the same manner. When things get difficult or dark, I know I can look to my Savior to wrap his loving light around me again. During tough times I try to remember one of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon, Ether 12:27 "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." I am weak in many things. This gives me the faith and strength I need to keep trying when I fail. Each time I get up knowing I am stronger because he is with me making my weakness my strengths.

How I live my faith

Going to church and being spiritually fed each Sunday helps me to give back to Him in the littlest way that I can. Every talk and every lesson reminds me to give back to Him since he has given everything to me! I also attend church with my family so that my children can learn His gospel too, and feel the presence of the Holy Ghost. His gospel teachings have brought me so much peace and assurance in my life, and I only hope that my children will feel some of those same feelings. Certain important gospel topics are taught to my children at church. For example, knowing where we come from, why we are here on earth, and what happens when we die is taught. I feel these teachings are something they need to know to help them through the tough times in their lives. Another way I give back is by accepting "callings" or special jobs where I help teach gospel principles and help care for my neighbors. Although some of my callings have been more time consuming and challenging than others, I have faith that the Lord has chosen me for that particular calling for a reason. I have grown in many ways with each calling I've had. I have felt the presence of the Holy Ghost while teaching toddlers about Jesus, while organizing social activities for adults and the youth, and while singing songs about faith and His gospel with school aged children. I have also made many new friends and have found support for me and my family by serving in callings with other members. Again, it's my small way of giving back for all the wonderful blessings in my life. I was recently called as a leader over the women in my area. Although I feel a little overwhelmed with how I can make an impact in such a calling, I feel it is another small way that I can honor His name and follow his light. I am looking forward to helping in strengthening the bonds of sisterhood among all these amazing ladies and proclaiming the gospel to all those whom I will serve.