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Hi I'm Jennifer

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for my whole life.

About Me

I have been married to my husband for 23 years. We have three children, a son and two daughters. Our son is currently serving a mission for the Church in Ghana, Africa. Our older daughter recently graduated from high school and is attending college. Our youngest daughter is in 4th grade this year. I have lived most of my life in California. Most of that time has been spent in Northern California. I have lived in Yuma, Arizona and a small town in southern Utah. My father was in the Navy when I was younger, and because of that I spent some time in Tennessee (but I don't remember it because I was really young). I graduated from high school, and went to college for about four and a half semesters before I met and married my husband. I have worked in a pediatric office, and also a dental office as a receptionist. I have been a stay at home mom off and on throughout the 21 years that I have been a mom. I have worked graveyard shifts and evening shifts at a retail store in order to help with family finances and still be available for my children during the day. I enjoy reading mysteries, playing games (sports and board or card) with my family. I enjoy riding on my husband's motorcycle with him and exploring the beauty of the area we live in. I enjoy watching movies. My favorite types of books are mysteries, and as for movies, I enjoy movies that make me laugh or cry. I enjoy watching television shows that teach me new things about the world we live in and how things work.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's restored church on the earth today. Growing up a member of the Church with a strong LDS family history, I still had to find out for myself if what I had been taught all my life was true. When I was about 14 years old, I decided I needed to find out if what my parents believed was true and since I had never read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover before, I decided that I needed to read the Book of Mormon. I knew that if I could learn whether or not the Book of Mormon were true, then everything else would fall into place for me. So I started to read the Book of Mormon. As I read the Book of Mormon, I also prayed. I really wanted to know for myself whether or not it was true. Through this experience I found out that it was true. The Book of Mormon does not replace the Bible, but reinforces the truth in the Bible. I now know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that the church set up by Jesus Christ when he was on the earth, has been restored. I know that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us all and speak to prophets today just as they did anciently in the Bible and Book of Mormon for our guidance. I know that my life has a purpose and I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can return to live again with my Heavenly Father, and His son, Jesus Christ. I know that my family can be together forever. I am a Mormon because I know these things to be true.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the Church my whole life and as a result I have had many opportunities to serve in the Church in many different capacities. I have taught the women ages 18 + in Relief Society, I have also served as a secretary and President in the Relief Society organization of the Church. I have been a teacher many times in Primary (children aged 3-12). I have also served as a music leader, and 1st and 2nd counselor in the Primary presidency. I have been a Visiting Teacher since the age of 18. I got to go with my mother as my companion for a couple of years, and have had the opportunity to have my 19 year old daughter be my companion. Serving as a Visiting Teacher has helped me to share special experiences and make special friends with other women in my area. It has also provided me with opportunities to provide service to them. I have worked as a teacher and a secretary in the Sunday School organization. I have worked with the youth (aged 12-18) in both Sunday School and as an early morning Seminary teacher in my home. I was just recently put in as Young Women President in our ward so I will be working with young women in our ward between the ages of 12 and 18. I have taken part in many service opportunities in our communities through the Church's Helping Hands program. I enjoy reading and studying in my scriptures, and I try to do this daily. I feel that as I start my day with the scriptures, the day is smoother without as many wrinkles, and what wrinkles I do come across, are easier to handle. I also try to always have a prayer in my heart as well as family and personal prayer. I have enjoyed the many teaching callings that I have served in because I have learned so much from the study and preparation that goes into preparing a lesson. I have learned far more than those I have taught, and have learned much from those that I have taught.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

My son is currently serving a mission in Ghana, Africa. He worked full-time after high school for a year and half to earn the money to pay for his mission. Each month I send a check to the Church, and he receives the necessary funds to take care of his needs on his mission. He also has access to his personal account if there is something else he is in need of. Because he is serving outside of the United States, it is not easy to send packages. Some of the things he needs are more expensive in Africa, but after figuring in the cost to ship, the time it takes for him to receive the packages, and the cost of customs, it is cheaper for him to buy some of the things there. If he doesn't have enough money to pay for his mission, then my husband and I will help him with the rest of his mission. There are young men and young women all over the world that are unable to pay for their own missions, and their families are unable to help them. Because of this, we as members are given the opportunity to contribute what we want to contribute (if we are able to contribute), to a General Mission fund to help those in our own country and those of other countries that are unable to fund their own mission. This way, those who want to serve and are worthy to serve, can serve. We have been greatly blessed because of our sons missionary service. He has appreciated this experience more because he sacrificed and worked hard to pay for it himself. Show more Show less