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Hi I'm Jenna Barratt

I am a Texan girl. I love trying out different things and learning from diverse perspectives I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a public relations student at BYU. I love studying communications because I am interested in the world around us and what is going on. I have always enjoyed problem-solving, which is what lead me to public relations. Honestly, I still have that childish desire to 'change the world.' I thought it would fade as I got older but I don't think it will until I do something about it. I come from a wonderful family. I have seven brothers and sisters and my parents have been together for 30+ years. Everyone in my family is very independent and different. Now that we are older, most of us live in separate parts of the country. However, we stay connected. I love my family very much. I am grateful to be the seventh child out of eight because I have learned so much from my older siblings. I know that no matter what happens, my family will always be there for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family and the Lord's gospel was always a part of our home. However, like I am sure many members who grew up in Mormon families would say, there comes a point when you have to decide for yourself whether you believe in the gospel or not. When I reached that point, I realized that the gospel makes me so happy and feel at peace when I live the commandments in faith. The Atonement brings rest to my soul and encourages me to be better. Because to me, the gospel really is good news! To know that we have a living prophet here on the Earth that speaks to us for our modern-day needs and concerns, to know that our Father in Heaven allowed His Only Begotten Son to undertake the Atonement just because He loves us, to know that the Savior died for my sins, to that the gospel has been restored and God has provided us even more scriptures to learn and understand Him- it is all just wonderful. But the gospel also makes sense. I am a very rational and analytical person, so my testimony was built on understanding and spiritual feelings. After much studying and a lot of questions, I can stake my belief in this gospel fully. The restored gospel fits together so well. The Book of Mormon answers the questions of salvation. In my rational mind, the pieces fit. So because I believe with all my heart, I try my hardest to be the best that I can be because I love God and I want so badly to be obedient to him. So I have come to the knowledge of the truthfulness of this church because it makes me so incredibly happy and helps me strive to be a better person. I have felt the Spirit of God testify of its truthfulness to me so I have strong faith that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church on the Earth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by going to church services. I try to fulfill my calling in the church to the best of my ability- whether it be creating lesson plans to teach a class on Sunday or planning activities for a get-together during the week. I always try to visit teach other women in the ward for visiting teaching. You visiting teaching, I have made some of my closest friends in the Church and I really believe in the power of a community church. It just makes the whole experience nicer to have people that are excited you to come to the meeting and activities, even I the main purpose and reason is to feel the Spirit and learn about the gospel. But the greatest way I think I live my faith is by being steadfast in my standards in a world that is constantly changing. It is hard to stand up for what you believe in when you are surrounded with others who do not agree or follow your standards. But I have never regretted doing what I believed was right- never.