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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a wife, and soon-to-be mother, a teacher; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to create: home decor, clothing, works of art, pieces of writing--all of it inspires me. I am currently a language arts teacher in a middle school, and I absolutely love teenagers. My husband and I love to run and bike together. I'm an expectant mother, and I can't wait to see what this adventure holds in store for us!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been so blessed to grow up and really learn for myself that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, if followed with faith and constant repentance, will truly bless our lives for good. I know, through my personal experiences and sure witnesses I have had from the Spirit of God, that my Heavenly Father loves and knows me. When I am in tough situations, when I feel alone, or when I feel like nothing in my life is happening according to my own planning and preparations, my Father in Heaven is hearing and answering my prayers. Through the trials we have in our lives, I think we can all come closer to truth--particularly the knowledge that God is truly our Father in Heaven, and that His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Eternal Savior and Redeemer. In the struggles I have had, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, I have gained that understanding for myself. I have felt the guiding hand of the Lord as I struggle to make decisions that will affect my life; I have felt reassurance that I am not alone on this journey of life; and I have found that when my faith is in doubt, I am comforted by tender mercies, which serve as reminders of truth I have learned and once known. I certainly have not seen an angel, but I can't deny the witness of the Spirit teaching me that what I am learning is true. The power of the Book of Mormon is real. When we read it with pure intentions and with open hearts, the Spirit testifies that it is a true record, that Joseph Smith did translate it with the power of God, and that prophets do still teach God's Word in our day. Through prayer, I know that every person--regardless of background or past transgressions--can speak directly with Heavenly Father. I also know that in quiet, still moments, those prayers will be answered and Heavenly Father will guide and direct all those who seek His help. He has blessed my life time and time again with those simple reminders of His love. It is those reminders that keep me strong and make me who I am today.

How I live my faith

Through the LDS church, I have been able to teach in a variety of contexts. With my current assignment to teach 4-year olds, I am learning so much about children's innocence and desire to do good in the world. I am blessed every week with opportunities to learn from the children I teach, as well as from the other adults I get to work with. Outside of the Church, I am also a full-time teacher, only during the week I teach teenagers in a middle school. Though not always easy to do, I strive to be an example of faith, patience, love, and everlasting forgiveness with my students. I want them to know that my religion is not just something I do on Sundays. I live what I believe not because someone else told me it was the right thing to do, but because, through my own practices, I know I am happier when I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Many of my students--those who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as those who do not--have told me that my example in the classroom has helped them to be better people everywhere they go. I know I haven't done anything major, but I have tried to share a few important life lessons I have learned. I think we all have this same kind of responsibility: no matter who we are, there are people watching and learning from us. We never know what kind of influence we can have on others.