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Hi I'm Jill

I'm from California. I'm a grandmother. I love being outdoors. I have a chemical engineering license. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have seven children but grew up as an only child. At present, I have sixteen grandchildren with two more on the way. I love the fun and chaos of being surrounded by children! As a child, I spent much of my vacation time on my father's cattle ranch in the California foothills, but I attended school in the city where my mother lived. I love nature and being outdoors. I love the mountains and the ocean - or any other natural body of water. At university, I studied biology and chemistry, but I was able to be primarily a stay-at-home mom while my children were young. In my forties, I began working for the government as an air pollution specialist. For years, I conducted inspections of a wide variety of businesses, including large industrial facilities as well smaller businesses, for compliance with air pollution regulations. Eventually, I was able to become a licensed professional engineer in the field of chemical engineering. I recently retired from my position with the government and have enjoyed spending more time with my family (often outdoors) and working on family history.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was eight-years-old. My mother was a Mormon. However, my mother and I could have been considered less active in the church. My parents were divorced when I was very young and my father was not a member. My only sibling was a half-brother who did not live with me while I was growing up. At age 20, I married a non-member that I had met at university. At the time, I was living with my father and not attending church at all. After my husband and I were blessed with our first three children, I knew that I needed to teach them about God. I knew from my memories of attending the Mormon Church as a child, that the church was good and taught about the Savior and our Heavenly Father. However, I did not have a real testimony that the Mormon Church was the Lord's only true church on earth and was led by the Lord's prophet. About this time, our little family had just moved to a new area where we did not know anyone. Although I had not attended a church meeting for years, my new bishop (the leader of the local Mormon congregation in my new area) called me out of the blue and wanted to meet with me. At our meeting, the bishop gave me a Book of Mormon and challenged me to read and pray about it. He also invited me to attend church. I began to read the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I also began to pray regularly and fervently. I drew close to the Lord during this process. After a few weeks, I attended Sacrament meeting with my children (including my new-born daughter) for the first time in years. During this meeting, I received a very strong spiritual witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the restoration of the true Church of Jesus Christ. I knew that the Lord had accepted my efforts to repent and live His gospel. Although I have faced many challenges over the years (including a divorce), I have remained an active Mormon ever since that Sunday long ago.

How I live my faith

When my children were young, I served as a cub scout leader. I also enjoyed working with the boy scouts as a merit badge counselor, particularly helping the boys complete the environmental science and botany merit badges. I worked with boys from the a number of different boy scout troops in my community. In addition, over the years I have taught many Sunday classes for children, youth, and adults at church. I love teaching about the Savior from the scriptures. For many years, I have served as a visiting teacher to my sisters in the gospel. I am normally very shy by nature and have moved several times over the years. It generally takes a long time for me get to know people. However, I have made many wonderful friends much more readily than I would have otherwise through the visiting teaching program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These friendships are formed naturally and easily because we pray for each other and serve each other one-on-one. Currently, I serve as a family history consultant to the people in my local congregation. It is rewarding to help people connect with their ancestors.