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Hi I'm Jenni

I'm a college student from a tiny town in Idaho. I'm a writer, a musician, an athlete, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a town of about 1500 people. My Dad is a professor at a nearby LDS University and I always planned on going to school there. I graduated from high school in 2009 and started college that september. I've always loved to write novels and that's what I'm studying. I have a thing for words and like to read the classics in my spare time! But, it's not my only passion. I play the piano, violin, and flute. Sports have also always been important to my family. My dad played professional baseball and coached college baseball for most of my life. So, of course I play softball and love it. I also play soccer though I'm not nearly as good at it. My family is the most important thing to me. I have three younger sisters that I'm really close to. We do everything together including making music and watching way too many movies! I also have an older sister and two older brothers. My family is growing and getting cooler all the time! I now have 8 nephews and 5 nieces. I recently returned from serving a mission in Spain Barcelona. It was an incredible experience and has made me a new person. I am finishing up my last three semesters and It's anyone's guess what's going to happen after that but I know that God will take care of me as he always has.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon but why I'm still a Mormon is because I found out for myself that it's true. When I was younger I knew that living the gospel made me feel good and that when I did wrong I felt awful. And I knew that my parents knew the gospel was true but I wasn't sure if I did. It was a gradual process that took a lot of prayer, faith, and trying to do the right thing no matter what it was. The older I get and the more I see God's hand in my life the more I am convinced that this is the only way to Christ. I am not perfect and there have been times when I felt like I've let my Heavenly Father and earthly parents down but God never gives up on me. No one is a lost cause to him. The direction that this Gospel gives me provides an anchor that makes life make sense. It enables me to get through hard times and to know who I am and what I'm trying to accomplish in this life. Also, God has promised that if we live right we will be able to live with our families forever. I can't think of anything greater than that. A lot of people complain about the "rules." I've never felt controlled by them. SIn brings unhappiness. That's just the way it is. The church provides these guidelines to help us avoid that unhappiness and teach us how to attain a fulness of joy in this imperfect world. I have never been happier than when I'm living the gospel. I love this church so much because of how it points to Christ and not to President Monson (Although he is an incredible man). I am so grateful that Heavenly Father saw fit to give me this gospel from day one. I know for some, it's a big lifestyle change. But I know that it's worth it and I admire people to are willing to do that. For me, it's the only thing worth believing in. All other great causes fit into the gospel because truth is truth no matter where it's found. And this gospel is truth.

How I live my faith

For me, this gospel isn't something you do on the side or as a way to find fulfillment. It is all there is. It's my whole life. Sometimes I get frustrated because I'm not as perfect as I want to be but then I have to remember that God loves me and only requires the best that I have. I've served in a lot of callings in this church. These are volunteer positions that we believe come from God to make his Church run smoothly. I've been in a presidency that serves and teaches the women of my ward. I've also taught sunday school. Most recently I've been playing the piano for the church meetings. Once they find out you play the piano, it's all over! :) It's something not everyone can do, and so I'm pleased to be able to contribute to our church meetings that way. Also, visiting teaching is a big way to live this gospel. It's a program that ensures that no woman gets left behind or forgotten in this race of life. I find that as I visit teach women in my ward, I am able to get to know people I would never have otherwise. And as I serve them, I begin to catch a glimpse of the love that Christ has for them. That is such a huge blessing! I also served as a missionary for a year and a half in Spain. And now I am able to help the missionaries serving in my area. We are all on this earth to try to become like the savior. That is hard. But as we serve, we become more like him without even realizing it.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Some think we do not believe in grace but that's not true. We believe that through Christ, justice and mercy are both fulfilled. We believe that no matter what we do it will not be good enough. We cannot be perfect which is what is required to live with God again. But Heavenly Father know this and grace is his way of making up the difference after all we can do. That last part is important - After all we can do. We can't just sit back, sin, and hope God will save us anyway. We have to be constantly repenting and improving. We will still fall short but when we do, God and Christ will make up the difference. Show more Show less