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Hi I'm Jennifer

Hi friends, I'm Jennifer and I'm a Mormon. I grew up outside Chicago and now live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my family.

About Me

I live with great peace and joy due to the blessings from my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am married to my wonderful husband Scott. We have three children and have so much fun together. I enjoy traveling with my family. We especially love San Diego, CA, Midway, UT, Lake Tahoe, CA and Jackson Hole, WY. Italy, Germany and Switzerland hold a special place in our hearts. My husband took me there to tour parts of Italy for our honeymoon. He served an L.D.S. mission there and wanted to share the people, places and food with me. Within a day he was speaking the language very well. It was so neat to see places where he had lived and the food was like nothing I had ever tasted. We then took the train and toured parts of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The days couldn't be long enough. We love to cook together as a family. I love to listen to good music or watch creative shows while baking on my own. We are spoiled with my husband's Italian cooking. I love reading mystery novels, sci-fi or uplifting, and inspirational books. I am a big fan of classic films and good, clean comedy. Over the years, I have loved helping my children with expanding their talents, and appreciation of the arts. I am so thrilled when I see budding, virtuous talent anywhere. I am intrigued with the aspects of different cultures. I love learning about people the world over, and experimenting with the different foods. I love reaching out to others as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

There is nothing else like being a Mormon. It's unique and a commitment to something priceless. Through the gift of the Holy Ghost, I can be guided through any experience. Trials will go the best possible route and I am not alone during trials nor are my children. The guidance of the Holy Ghost provides me short-cuts. The best possible path in any given situation. It's real. I can parent easier and feel at peace often. I can feel my Heavenly Father close. I feel tremendous joy in knowing my family is a forever family. I never want to be without them and I look forward to being reunited one day with my family that has already passed on. There is a wonderful network within our church. It's absolutely amazing that everyone is looked out for and there is a network of support when you need it whether home or abroad. We all have times when our talents can serve others. We are one, big church family. There many opportunities to learn new skills whether through volunteering to help at church or through callings. I have learned so much about music, teaching and comforting others. I love being able to get to know so many people through working together or just visiting at an event. My children are blessed ongoing through love and support through teachers, activity leaders, clergy, scouting and so forth. My husband and I are able to be a team in raising our family and serving in our ward and community. The gospel supports and is based around the family.

How I live my faith

I love the closeness to God I feel through prayer. I love watching my children grow closer to the Lord all on their own. Seeing their trust and faith in our Heavenly Father grow. I am grateful for the direction and peace brought by the gift of the Holy Ghost. I am grateful for and love listening/reading or watching individuals speak from their heart and share inspiring insights.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Jennifer
I find there is so much value in learning from history. Also, the Book of Mormon has prophets who saw our day and wrote at great effort and risk to provide guidance for us. When I read the Book of Mormon I feel a certain peace and calm which continues to surround me during the day. I love how the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price and the Bible all connect. They are one united circle of events, history and guidance from the Savior and his prophets. You will love how they all piece together. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jennifer
Absolutely! :) In the very early days of the restoration of this gospel, Joseph Smith responded to a question of what we believe in a letter. Within this letter are the 13 distinct beliefs of this gospel. They are called, The Articles of Faith. Article number 8 discussed the Bible. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. I am sure if you have this question that you greatly value the Bible as do I. How fortunate we are to have the Bible in so many different languages and so accessible. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jennifer
The Book of Mormon was translated through the power of God by Joseph Smith, a prophet. The Book of Mormon contains histories written by prophets who lived on the Americas. Some of these prophets saw our day and went to great length to help us today. There is even documentation of Christs visit to the Americas. The Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Jennifer
I have been astounded when I look back to media content over the past 20 years. I do not like my children being preyed upon by companies that push their pornographic material through all the media outlets. My husband and I have found to secure a pleasant and visually safe environment requires a little effort. Turning off wi-fi links on smart phones. Setting rating limits on cable and keeping our family computer out in the open. I like to quickly check online movie review sites prior to taking the family to the movies. Kids-in-mind.com is a favorite. Our For Strength Of Youth pamphlet is a great guide that we find handy to stick to as a family. Over the years it has amazed us how many kids at school love to spend time at a home, which provides good clean fun. I believe by each of us refraining from purchasing and taking part in offensive entertainment will minimize it. Thus, creating room for more uplifting art and recreation in the marketplace. Kids should be able to be kids and not be bombarded with shocking, pornographic material. Our Heavenly Father has resources in place to help anyone who has difficulty pulling away from graphic material. Our Savior wants all to heal from whatever ails them and his arms are outstretched to receive us. Through repentance and the guidance of the Holy Ghost a path of healing will be provided. Not one bird falls from a tree without the Lord being aware and so it is with each of us. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jennifer
This gospel places family at the heart of it. The values taught here are designed to strengthen from the toddler age on up. All are invited and welcomed. This gospel is a part of our everyday lives. It's so much easier that way to stay close as a family and to the Lord. We have a letter that describes this well at this link. http://www.lds.org/topics/family-proclamation Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Jennifer
Just click to speak to some representatives of the church. They will meet with you and answer questions you may have. You can attend church services with them and be introduced to other mormons in your area. Also, if you know of a neighbor or co-worker feel free to let them know you would like to discuss their faith. If you live in Paris you can ask to speak to my son, Les Missionaries Elder Wheatley or if in La Puebla Mexico Elder Arturo Gomez. :) Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jennifer
Christ is the center of our religion and so yes we are Christians. Good news, good news, good news. My son received his mission call over Christmas. He is called to Paris, France! He was so overwhelmed, he couldn't speak for what seemed like a minute. His older sister about tackled him as soon as he read the destination, for the next two years of his life. My children love France. Claire and Nick began learning French when they were little and made it their secret language. Buche de Noel is a favorite around our house over the holidays. In the spring, France will be Nick's new home. If you see him, give him a hug, high five or hello from mom. :) His name tag will say Les Missionaries Wheatley. Show more Show less