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Hi I'm Jennifer

I'm a musician-a singer and a drummer from Canton, Ohio, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I work at a newspaper, in the classified advertising department. I studied vocal performance at two local colleges. At age 47, I lost my dear husband and companion to a disease called cystic fibrosis. I've often struggled with this, but have worked to find productive things to do in my life. I enjoy my service in the church and spend time each week with other older singles in my ward on Monday nights in a fun program called Family Home Evening. I'm also delighted to serve in my church as a visiting teacher and as our ward music chairman. I started singing and playing in bands and took drum lessons. I enjoy music, especially Latin percussion, stamping, scrapbooking, reading, gardening and learning!

Why I am a Mormon

Around 1978, I found myself in college. I went to a Methodist school and took a class called Religion 101, which was a required course. During the class, it became apparent to me that I didn't believe the same way as the mainliner churches taught. I was brought up in The United Church of Christ, which is similar to the Methodists. The professor taught that the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, Daniel and the Lions Den, the Virgin birth, etc., were myths and "could never have happened." I was shocked and stunned to learn this and began to actively seek out a church where these events were believed as doctrine. I'd grown up with those stories and believed they were true events. Eventually my search led to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The problem was, I kept calling the church and no one ever answered! I didn't realize at the time that there was a lay ministry, so the chapel wasn't manned during the day like many other churches are. I finally got hold of someone who was cleaning the church, and he sent me a Book of Mormon and the phone numbers of the missionaries. At that time, a scripture known as "Moroni's promise" appeared in the front of the book. I was so impressed that it told people who found the book to pray about it - going directly to the source, as I refer to it! So, I knelt down and prayed about it. I thumbed through the book and discovered it seemed like scripture! So, I called the missionaries and asked if the church believed in the Bible stories as they were written. I was met with a few moments of stunned silence, then they offered to come and talk to me. Three months later, I was a member of the church! I developed a strong testimony of its truthfulness and I've never regretted making that decision!

How I live my faith

I am currently the ward music chairman in Canton, Ohio - a calling I really love! I choose the music for our ward's Sacrament meetings. Our hymnal is filled with inspiring songs, lyrics and faith-inspiring poetry. I'm involved in my community by being a a board member of The Cleveland Newspaper Guild. I try to share the Gospel, to give away Book of Mormons and have fun doing so creatively.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a section in The Doctrine and Covenants, which members of the church revere as scripture. It's where we get the doctrine of staying away from tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, drugs and anything that would be harmful to our bodies. It's a way to keep our bodies pure and our minds clean and strong. Among the many blessings I've received from adhering to these laws of good health is being in control of my actions and my thoughts (from abstaining from alcohol and non-prescribed drugs), not spending money on expensive habits and not being addicted to anything that could potentially control me rather than the other way around! Show more Show less