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Hi I'm Jensen Parrish Hall

I know ASL. I love music. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Pocatello, ID. For two years, I attended Brigham Young University, Idaho. It was there that I feel that I regained confidence in myself as a person. It was also there that I had the inspiration to go on a mission. My mission saved my life, both spiritually as well as physically. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father loves me and knows me enough to know why I am here on Earth at this time. My favorite things to do are sing and play the piano. I like to compose my own church medleys from the church hymns and primary books. Music is what gives me the most satisfaction in my life. "When words fail, music speaks." I also write. I started my own blog called "A New Normal", which became one of the most popular LDS blogs in the world. Writing is very therapeutic for me, and helps me to cope when days become really hard. I also love spending time with my family. Family is everything to me! It is important to cherish your family, because though I do believe that families can be forever, I also know that life is very short and needs to be cherished. I have a wonderful husband, who is the best person that I know, as well as wonderful in-laws. I love that families can always be growing and expanding.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints. But it was just recently that I've gained my own testimony. I've always known that the church is true, but I wanted to make sure that my testimony was strong. Through lots of trials and tribulations, I really had to turn to the Savior, and let His love for me fill my heart. I know, without a doubt, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, loves me. He loves all of us. He loves us with a perfect love that, I believe, we will never fully understand in this mortal life. He loves us so much, that He gave up His life and died, so that we could LIVE with Him and our Father in Heaven. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ loves us so much that they gave us tools and commandments to keep us safe, and to keep us on the straight and narrow path. He gave us a hope. He gave us the scriptures. He gave us the Book of Mormon, another testament of Him, through His prophet, Joseph Smith. There are so many parts of the Gospel that I love, but my absolute favorite thing about it is that families can be sealed together forever. Marriage does not have to end when life ends. It can go on for eternity. This gospel is true. There is no way that I can deny this. How grateful I am for this knowledge and truth. :)

How I live my faith

In 2014, after I had served a year in my mission in the Oregon, Portland/ Washington, Vancouver mission, I received the tragic news that my family, which consisted of my mom, Ross Parrish, dad, Bill Parrish, and two youngest brothers, Keegan and Liam Parrish, passed away in a carbon monoxide accident. There was a malfunction in the water heater, and the carbon monoxide filled our home. I survived, along with my younger brother, Ian Parrish, as we were both serving missions at the time. We returned home immediately, and we had a funeral by the end of the week. The news of my family spread nation wide, and even world wide! I could not believe the love and support that we received from family, neighbors, friends, strangers, and fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The love I felt was overwhelming. Two weeks later, I felt impressed to start a blog, calling it "A New Normal," and sharing my experiences and my thoughts about my experience with this trial, but also including my thoughts on the gospel, and of the Atonement. I share thoughts and feelings that I had learned on my mission, as well as what I have learned since the accident happened. My blog soon became known throughout the world! I was interviewed by TV programs, newspapers, and even the LDS Living magazine. I decided to stay home from my mission and continue sharing my experiences. My brother, Ian, felt impressed to go out and serve. It was amazing to see how much the Lord took care of us, even when we were apart from each other. I feel that through this experience, I want to make my testimony clear for those to see. There shouldn't be a question about what I believe. Even if days are hard, I want people to know that the Gospel is my anchor. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. The Atonement not only saves us, but heals us. Though I may not feel completely healed yet, I believe that one day, because of Christ's love, I will be, as well as any else who have been hurt.