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Hi I'm Jennifer

I'm from Los Angeles, California. I play piano, read, and I am serving a mission in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I am Jennifer. I love the gospel--it is my lifeblood. I am a pianist, writer, and honors student. I LOVE going to school and learning about everything in every topic. If I could, I would attend school for the rest of my life. I am currently studying at Weber State University, which I love, and may or may not get my bachelors in Forensic Investigation, then move to Physics or Psychology or History. I love all subjects regardless of my major, though. I generally attend the LDS institute as often as I attend my college courses. I graduated from the Honors Program at Snow College, which was perhaps the best decision of my life thus far. I have a twin sister named Danielle, and an older brother named Anthony, married to Miriam. My parents are amazing, and have made me who I am today. I have had countless teachers and leaders who may never know how much I appreciated their help in defining who I am, and I strive to be that person for others. You can reach me to chat about the gospel or anything else at khyberelessedil@hotmail.com. Be sure to write a clear title in the subject line or I might miss you!

Why I am a Mormon

I have little way of knowing what my life would be like without the gospel, but it isn't hard to look around and see that I have been blessed. I know that despite my mistakes, and despite the hardships I don't remember asking for, God loves me. Because of that, I know He is leading me to make the choices in my life that would make me the happiest I can be, even if at first they don't look very appealing. Having optimism and hope in Christ means that I am not fearful of anything that is to come, and I can say that with all the confidence in the world. I know the future is going to be hard, really hard. But I feel at peace. Christ said "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden" and I have taken his offer into my heart. I have found the "rest unto your souls" that he has promised, and I cannot turn away from it. I would always, shamelessly, invite all others to take on the challenge to turn to Christ, serve others, and ask Him if this Church is not true, honestly seeking an answer that may change your life. It worked for me. And it will work for you, if you give everything you are to Him, and let Him heal you. No matter the trials you have faced, all your pain can be washed away, and you will feel peace that you have never known before. There is nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

How I live my faith

I've served in various youth leadership positions, as a ward organist and choir accompanist, and as a pianist in meetings. At school I love to invite others to come to the LDS institute, located near most universities in the country, and outside of it. The lessons I've learned there have been incredible, and it's an invitation extend to all because I know what a difference having the Spirit of God in my daily life has made. I love talking about my beliefs and I consider myself fairly well read and knowledgeable as the gospel relates to politics, science, and society. When I can walk down the street and simply marvel in the wonders that I have been blessed with in my life, I know that it is because of the gospel. The Gospel of Christ gives me confidence, happiness, and the Christlike charity to bring that miracle to others.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We help everyone. We follow the example of Christ the Savior, who never in scripture did anything for himself. We strive for humility, love, charity, and compassion, all of which we gain for the purpose of serving the world. Missionary work, and the Church's famous humanitarian aid in places devastated by natural disasters, or suffering in the third world, make clear our intentions to do little more than bless the children of God, as we have been blessed. It is easy to love others, no matter how they live their lives, when you know you are personally loved by the God of the infinite universe. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

God's evidences are all around us. More technically, the second law of theromodynamics essentially states that all things go from a state of order to a state of chaos when not acted upon by an outside force (heat goes cold, etc). Yet this earth does just the opposite. While both scripture and history agree that Earth was once barren and desolate, it has brought forth life, and the organization of ecosystems and cultures. This would not have happened if there had not be Another, outside Force acting on our planet--that of our loving Heavenly Father. And still, in every day of my life, I see how He reaches out to me and touches my life when I need it most. He knows just what I need and just what I can take. All that is required is a little close attention. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We know irrevocably that bpatism is an absolutely necessary ordinance we must recieve in order to return to live with God. This is outlined clearly all throughout the Bible and the Book of Mormon. We also know that God is a loving God, our dear Father, who loves us and wants us all to achieve our highest potential. This life is our testing period, a time a probation and trial to prove to our Father that we trust Him and love Him enough to obey Him. Baptism is an act of faith--a physical action which merits no visible restitution from sin. It is how we show our Father that we will do whatever He asks of us--even if we don't completely understand how it works or why. This is a goal we all desire to have in life, but many of God's children reject that option, and many never even have the change to hear about it. A loving father would never cut off a child who did not do what was asked because he/she had never even heard the command! Nor would he stubbornly refuse to forgive a child who, while at first resentful, eventually chose to accept his/her father's command. Our God is a God of mercy--and as such He will provide as many opportunities as possible for his children to come until Him. By being baptized by proxy for those who have died, through proper authority, church members give those who have passed away without baptism the opportunity to still accept that sacred ordinance and return to live with their Heavenly Father. Show more Show less