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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a full-time missionary serving in Columbus Ohio, I love sociology, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a sophomore at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah! Even though huge majorities of my time are spent in Provo, I do whatever I can to go out and travel on the weekends to get some air and to explore. I think it's important to get out a little bit! I study sociology, which I am somewhat obsessed with. Each class I take, taking me further into my major, continues to to change every single thing that I once thought was normal. Turns out we're not so normal after all!! :) I know how to knit, roughly play the clarinet, and I LOVE dying my hair. Although I'm just a natural dirty blonde, I've been a Barbie blonde, red-head, brunette, along with somehow managing to throw in cheetah stripes and purple streaks. Through all of my phases, I've realized that being simple so so much easier :). I am currently serving a full-time mission in Columbus Ohio waiting for my visa to fly to Brazil to serve in Curitiba! Oh how I will miss Ohio and the people here.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because that's what's important. I grew up in the church, not really knowing any different. However, around the age of thirteen or fourteen, I wanted to know for myself WHY exactly I was choosing to live this religion. I began by reading the Book of Mormon from cover to cover, then prayed with an earnest desire as to whether or not this was truly the Lord's church on the earth today. I remember as I prayed, I was filled immediate confusion and doubt as to exactly why I was praying. Stress and anxiety pulled my thoughts as i was quickly distracted by what I was supposed to be doing. Every negative emotion pricked my mind as I addressed our Heavenly Father for means of understanding the gospel as a whole. Although, as I pressed forward in my prayer, all of these doubtful thoughts completely left, and my stress seemed to be lifted from my mind. Peace and ease settled on my shoulders as I proceeded with the crucial question "Is the Book of Mormon true? The word of God?" I received an answer, through my currently peaceful state and also through a distinctly clear understanding that this was indeed the true word of God. There was not a voice that manifested to me, rather a perspective and clarity that I had never felt before but in the same way, felt so incredibly familiar.. Like I had always understood that, but I had simply forgotten. How important that experience was to me.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in every way possible. I attend church every week and love taking part in the activities in the ward. I babysit for families when they attend the Temple, help my Mom cook for Thanksgiving and Christmas parties for the stake, and also also attend the Temple myself whenever I can. I love visiting the Temple, I feel like it can set the tone for my entire day.. Not to mention the entire week! On my Sunday's, it is not unusual for me to have the opportunity to teach the other women in our ward. I love to teach! I love hearing everyone's perspectives on how they apply the gospel to fit their individual lives. Additionally, my family thrives on serving at the homeless shelter downtown. It is such a fantastic opportunity to understand all of the things we've been blessed with in this life. Just little things that we take advantage of are brought to light when we serve in such an environment. I love having these bonding activities with my family, and also interacting with those that have less whom we can help! It's important to rejoice in service.