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Hi I'm Jenna

I teach High School Orchestra, I play violin, I love baroque music, music history, things old and historical, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a musician through and through! I started playing piano at age 6 and violin at age 8. I teach high school and I love teenagers (it's a little bit crazy, I know). I am the Mom of two (grown up) kids and two (grown up) step-kids. I've been divorced and re-married, and spent my share of time as a single parent. Did I mention I love music? More specifically Baroque music! I also have a passion for things old and different and collect odd American instruments made around the turn of the 20th century that most people have never seen or heard of. I also enjoy watching American football, working in my garden, doing family history, and hanging out with my family!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home, it is what I was taught and it was the environment I grew up in. Did I ever question it? Of course!! But I studied, and observed, and read, and I tried and tested the principles I was taught. Eventually, I learned that for me, there was no other way that I could be happy than by living by the teachings I knew deep down to be right and true. This is the life l chose and I love it. Am I perfect at it? Oh my goodness, no. Am I doing my best with who I am and what I have and with the things I have learned and continue to learn? Absolutely!! There is always something more to learn and there are always things to improve upon - my music training showed me that a long time ago. Perfection is attained slowly and by learning each skill and principle and by putting it into practice. If it is never practiced it can never be truly learned and embedded in our hearts and habits. In addition, being a Mormon, is practice - which means it has to be continually built upon. I am always studying the gospel and re-reading the scriptures, because the things I am familiar and comfortable with build upon and help me learn more about the love and teachings of Jesus Christ at an even deeper level. With a piece of music you can often play the notes quickly and early on, but playing with expression, and feeling and knowing what it is the composer has intended takes time and effort, so does learning the gospel of Jesus Christ. You may quickly understand the basics of it, but for many people it takes time and effort to learn and appreciate the many things the gospel has to offer; and there is nothing wrong with that, nothing at all. Being a Mormon is as much a part of me as being a musician, and I wouldn't change either of those things, they work hand in hand for me. I love being both. I appreciate being able to share my talent and my love of the gospel - through that talent, with others.

How I live my faith

You remember that music thing I talked about earlier? I do a lot of that in church. I play the organ for our Sunday service and started doing so when I was 15. I also play the piano for our women's meetings and for choir practice. I think music in church is one of the most important things that brings us close to feeling the spirit of our Heavenly Father. Music touches us in ways that words can not, it touches us even when we can not understand the words that are being sung, it touches us when there are no words. I feel that there is nothing more powerful, more cleansing, more spiritual, more uplifting, more soul stirring, more calming, more amazing than the power of music. Spirituality can be conveyed from one person to another through music. I have seen it happen, music is a beautiful gift we can give each other. I live my faith, very much, through music.