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Hi I'm Jenn

I'm a Veteran, I'm an educator, I'm a college student, a wife and a Mom, balancing it all, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Mom of two boys, trying to set an example for them. Even though I work full time to help make ends meet, I'm also a college student pursuing a degree in Social Work. I'm a veteran, married to a military member, and I work with veterans too. Trying to keep up with everything on my plate is rough, and usually its my house that suffers the most for it. I do what I can to keep my kids a priority, because no matter how much I make, no matter how many lives I help change, its the ones entrusted to my care that count the most. I know I'm not alone, that there are probably millions of women that share my struggles, but sometimes its hard to get through another day feeling like I can't measure up and be everything for everyone. That is when I turn to God, who reminds me I am His child, that He loves me and will carry me when I can't do it on my own any longer. If you've felt what I felt, know the internal struggle I'm talking about, know that you are not alone, that you have a Heavenly Father who loves you and will sustain you in your darkest hour and celebrate you in your shining moments.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon, but probably relied on my parents' faith, not my own. When I was a young teenager I decided that religion wasn't necessary, and people didn't have the right to try to make me live according to their beliefs. When I was in my early 20s and a young mother, I felt the responsibility to teach my child about God, but not enough get up early to go to church on Sundays... It was in my early 30s that I realized I needed to make some changes. My husband was diagnosed with lung disease at the age of 37, so we had to quit smoking. I promised my Mom I would go to church just once, and found out that where we lived at the time on a military base in Asia, our church was small and inviting, and people made me feel welcome. I began to pray for a witness that God knew me, Jennifer, and what I was looking for. The harder I worked for this the more witnesses I received that God knows me and my challenges, and that I have them so I can learn to be more like Him. This was several years ago, and I find that every time I read from the scriptures I learn very personal lessons just for me. It is through God's promises to me that I find perspective, to recognize that God has a plan that includes allowing us to exercise our free will and make our own choices. I am not accountable for any one's choices but my own, and because Jesus Christ bled and died for my sins, I can be made perfect through Him. When I think about how much I love my own children the sacrifice is even more real to me, and makes me realize how much God loves us that he could let his only begotten son suffer and bleed that we may be redeemed and live with Him forever. I was born a Mormon, but I am a convert in the truest sense of the word.

How I live my faith

I serve others in my church by taking care of their young children so the parents can participate in and learn from their Sunday classes. I love teaching toddlers about Jesus, and witnessing how they already know who Jesus is, and that he is special. Every one of them can tell me that Jesus loves them, and I know that even though it may be rhetoric right now, they have a seed planted in their heart. At work, I live my values and try to set an example for others by serving those less fortunate than myself. I don't believe in preaching my beliefs, but know that other people notice that I live them. I will always share my love for my Heavenly Father with those who ask, but I think its important to respect people for who they are and what they believe. After all, Jesus commanded us to love one another, our neighbors, and our enemies, not just the people who believe the same things we do! I try to live my faith by setting an example and letting my light shine.