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Hi I'm Jennifer Adams Richter

I'm a full-time mom, world traveler, and a practicing artist. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a full-time mother of three and homemaker. My husband and I love to travel around the world. Some of our favorite trips include: Italy, China, England, France, Mexico, and Norway. I have a degree in Family Science and several hours of study in the fine arts from BYU. I am a practicing artist. My paintings have been shown in a number of galleries and I have a shop on www.etsy.com. I am currently working on a few commissions. One will be for the holidays (for Christmas cards and prints). It is inspired by a photo done of my sister-in-law during her third term of pregnancy. It will be an image to honor the Savior's mother, Mary, and her willingness to be a vessel of the Lord. I hope to convey to the viewer that we all can choose to be a servant of our Lord. To offer up a willing heart to help His work to progress on this earth. When I think of all Mary went through in her role in our Heavenly Father's plan, my heart swells with immense gratitude for her willingness to take on all the challenges that her work entailed (courage, worry, heartache, etc.). Through her efforts as a mother, she did do a great work for man kind. What a gift. The second commission I'm engaged in is an oil painting of my daughter on a horse with her grandpa walking along her side. The sunlight touches her hair and the warmth of the moment outdoors is fun to see.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that God still speaks to his children today through living prophets. I LOVE General Conference (in April and October) because I feel emotionally and spiritually strengthened as I listen to counsel from the twelve apostles and other general authorities (Amos 3:7). These men and women are inspired and reveal truths which bless my life. Not only do I avoid pitfalls and tragedies, but my spirit grows and expands as I implement counsel given. That is how I know it is of God. It is incredible! I encourage you to go to www.lds.org and listen to talks from General Conference. You will be glad you did! I am a Mormon because I feel like I'm part of a community that cares about me and my family. My children benefit greatly from youth leaders and activities. The women's organization (called the Relief Society) holds weekly lessons on Sunday but also monthly enrichment classes about a variety of topics from finances, to cooking, to decorating...and the list goes on. Meals are brought in at times of sickness, new births, deaths, etc. The men's organizations (called the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood Quorums) have Sunday lessons and also visit families each month with a message and offer to be of service should the need arise. I am a Mormon because I know that I can make a difference in this world for the good as a member of this organization. It is done on the one-to-one level, which I find is most powerful. If you want to feel needed, useful, good about yourself then join...and then get to work, and serve. It will be a life changing decision. You will find that being member in a lay church (no paid ministry) you will have many opportunities to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ. My children have had opportunities from their early years to speak in church during Primary meetings. It is a great environment, a supportive environment for the development of a moral character. I endorse it 100%.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to keep my baptismal covenants; to keep the commandments so that the Holy Spirit can always be with me, that my sins may be forgiven and that I may be clean. As I work at this on a daily basis, I am able to rise up from occasional stumbles and dark times. I am able to feel the warmth and love of the Savior's atonement for me. I am able to learn and grow. I live my faith by trying to help others. Some ways I do this include: 1) Standing up during church and sharing my testimony of the gospel and how it has blessed my life. 2) Accepting calls to serve in my church and neighborhood. I recently have been released from a calling as a teacher to the women on Sundays in church, and have been called to serve in the Boy Scouts of America as a Webelos leader. I serve with another woman in our church for the boys in our neighborhood who have joined our den. There are eight of them and I love it! They have exuberant energy and are eager to learn all the different skills and badges offered. Their eyes are being opened to the great possibilities and opportunities there are in this world as a result. We do service in our community also and have recently painted fire hydrants in our neighborhood. 3) I am a visiting teacher in my ward (congregation). I've been assigned a companion and three women whom we visit on a monthly basis. We bring them a spiritual message and share our testimony of the truths in that message and then invite them to do something about what they've learned. It has been one of the sweetest things I have ever done. I love the friendships I've been able to develop and I love how I learn so much from them. And the Spirit of the Lord confirms truth in a powerful way which strengthens me. 4) I do family history work and temple work. 5) I've served a full time mission in my youth. 6) I pay tithes and fast offerings to help build temples, meeting houses, and feed the hungry. 7) I share my beliefs with others, anytime.