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Hi I'm Jen

I am the mom of five beautiful children, four living. I'm married to my best friend. I love music and growing roses. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the San Francisco, CA Bay Area. I am the oldest of six children, and despite our geographical differences, we are a very close family. I attended college in Utah where I met my sweetheart, Kevin. We were married for time and all eternity in the Oakland, CA LDS Temple. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English a year and a half later. We have been blessed with five children, two sons and three daughters. Our second child, Abby, passed away when she was only 17 months old due to complications from an illness. We miss her so much, but know that we will see her and be together again someday through the miracle of Jesus Christ's Atonement and Resurrection. We moved to the Las Vegas area after my husband graduated from college to take his first job. I love to read, both on my own and to my kids, go walking, and do Pilates, enjoy writing poetry just for fun, and love growing beautiful roses in my backyard -- even in the desert! I'm very active in my faith and try to be a good neighbor and live the Christian faith in my home and out.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS faith, and so the Church has been a part of my life always. My parents are and were very active in our family's faith, and served in several different Church positions all throughout the time I was growing up. I always have felt in my heart that God lives, and that I am special to Him, even when I have been going through times of great difficulty or frustration with myself. Following in my parents footsteps was natural for me, and I always felt very good as I participated in Church. I remember the day I was baptized. I felt so special and loved by Heavenly Father and my family, and knew that I had done the right thing. As I grew older, I began to really strive for my own witness of the faith. I started to really read my scriptures, the Bible, and especially the Book of Mormon. I have gained a deep love for the written word of God, and it continues to be a very important part of my life every day. I also began strengthening and deepening my relationship with my Father in Heaven through prayer. I know that God hears and answers our prayers, that He communicates with us in many ways to bless our lives and show us His great love. My testimony of the gospel continued to grow throughout my teenage years and on into the time I left home and went to college. I felt prepared to make sacred covenants with my Father in Heaven as I entered the Temple shortly before I was married. A couple of years after my son was born, I felt, however, that I really needed to have a specific testimony of Joseph Smith as a Prophet of God. I started asking specifically, studying, and praying humbly to know. One day as I prayed, I had a clear sweet voice speak to my heart: "All that he said is true." I knew that the Lord had answered my prayer. Later, when our little girl passed away, it was our faith in Christ and His promise that families can be together forever and we will be together again, that gave us the strength, healing and peace to go on.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in many different ways. In reality, I believe one's faith in Christ should affect everything they do in life. It most especially changes and helps the way I try to raise my children, and how I treat my husband and children. The days I am doing my best to be loving, patient, and kind, are the days I know that I have truly tried to live what I believe, and that my Savior is pleased with my actions. And the days that things don't go so well, I learn to appreciate our Savior's Atonement and the gift of repentance and forgiveness even more! I also serve actively in my Church. Right now I work with the 8-10 year old girls twice a month on Wednesday nights doing fun activities that help them strengthen their testimonies and learn new skills. I also play the piano for our women's meetings on Sundays. My husband is currently serving as the Bishop of our ward, so I feel that doing my best to support him and take care of things so that he can serve in his very busy calling, are part of living my faith, and are one way I show my love and gratitude to the Lord and to my sweetheart. I also visit with three wonderful women monthly, to share a message about the Savior and His Gospel, be a listening ear, or shoulder to cry on, and to see if there is any way I can help them or their families. I also have two wonderful friends who come to visit me. Mostly, I suppose, I try to live my faith in lots of little ways, saying my prayers, reading my scriptures, attending Church weekly, and in trying to follow my Savior by serving His children, sharing my testimony of His love and the joy the gospel brings to my life, and in trying to do and be a little better every day.