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Hi I'm Jillian

I'm a scientist. I love gardening and 80's music. My favorite food is spaghetti. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up moving around the western United States with my family because of my Dad's job. Although it was sometimes hard to make new friends (I'm pretty shy), I loved going on adventures and exploring new places! I raised animals on a farm in Idaho, learned Spanish in junior-high in Utah, and played on the beach in California. It was a blast! I love the outdoors and studied environmental science in college. That's also where I met my husband. Being married has been the best adventure of my life! Right now we keep busy watering our garden, visiting the local library, and just figuring out life together.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true church on the earth today. My parents taught me about the gospel when I was a little girl, and as I grew up I developed my own testimony that is independent of anyone else. I know that I am a daughter of God and that He loves me. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and that he was a true prophet. I know that the priesthood has been restored to the earth and that through that power, families can be sealed together forever. I have read the Book of Mormon and I know it is true. Being a member of the church strengthens me and makes me happy and I know it is the way for me to return to be with my Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by doing the little things every day that bring me closer to Christ. To me, that means daily prayer and scripture study as well as participating in ward activities, attending the temple regularly, and serving others. I try to look for opportunities around me to serve others as I know the Savior would whether that is talking to a stranger on the bus, sharing fresh produce with a neighbor, or writing notes of encouragement to my family members. I serve as a Relief Society teacher in my ward and I love the opportunity to share my love of the gospel and help to lift up the sisters in my ward. I find that when I take the time to serve others, my own burdens are lifted and I seem to gain much more than I ever give! I also like to do family history work and learn about my ancestors. Mostly, I just try my best to be the person my Heavenly Father wants me to be.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

We believe that we are all spirit children of Heavenly Father and we lived with Him in heaven before we came to earth. Just as birth is not the beginning of existence, death is not the end of it. I have been taught that principle all my life, but I realized the strength of my own testimony when my grandma passed away recently. Immediately after I heard of her death the words of Alma, a Book of Mormon prophet, came into my mind, "...the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life (Alma 40:11)." I know that is true. I know when my grandma passed away she did not cease to exist, but her spirit returned to her Heavenly Father and she is with Him still. I miss my grandma, but this knowledge strengthens me - I know that one day I will see her again. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Our weekly church meetings are 3 hours long and include Sacrament meeting and Sunday School. Sacrament meeting is a meeting for the entire congregation to meet together, learn from each other, and partake of the Sacrament. The Sacrament is a lot like communion and is viewed as an opportunity for members to renew our commitment to follow Christ. Members of the congregation offer prayers and give talks - it's a great opportunity to learn from people's different perspective and experiences. My favorite part of Sacrament meeting is singing hymns! I love the beautiful music and the opportunity to participate in praising Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ! Sunday School is a time for members to break into smaller age-divided groups for learning and discussion. As an adult woman in the Church, I attend Relief Society during this time. I love the opportunity that Relief Society gives me to connect with other women and learn from their experiences. I've found that although we are all in different situations in our lives, we can all learn from each other and lift and encourage each other to keep going even when things are tough! Show more Show less