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Hi I'm Jen

I'm from WV. I have three active young boys that keep my days busy and full. I studied neuroscience. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in West Virginia. I was born into the this faith, but my parents worked hard to get our family to where it is. They encouraged me to learn for myself that this gospel is true. I have known from a young age that the best way to ensure personal happiness is through serving and loving our Lord, Jesus Christ, and in so doing we will help those around us. I went away to college to study neuroscience. While there I met my lovely husband. Years later, we have three young boys that keep me on my toes. They have brought us so much joy in just the short time we have been parents; we cannot imagine life any other way. That's not to say that we don't have our struggles. With a house full of boys we certainly have our share! I like to read, cook, bake, shop, meet up with friends, play music (piano, guitar), and paper craft. I love D-I-Y projects and decorating. My husband and I like to work on our house and garden. When my boys are a little older I would like to go back to school for advanced degrees. But for now, we are living each day the best we know how- which includes a lot of trial and error and turning to the Lord for inspiration and direction.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a very logical person. Things in my life have to make sense. And nothing makes more sense to me than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's restored church. The church today is set up the same as Jesus Christ established it when He was on the earth. The times in my life that have been the most challenging, the most despairing, the most humbling, are the times when I have felt our Savior's love the most. They are the times that I have learned, beyond a doubt, individual truths. I have never felt more strongly that there is life after death and that our families can be together in the eternities than when attending my grandfather's funeral services. And when, as a lowly young teenager, my life felt like it was crumbling apart, I felt, without question, the Lord's knowledge of my suffering and His individual love for me. I have felt the sweetness of forgiveness- whether granted to me or granting it to someone who I felt has wronged me. There is no sweeter feeling. And it is through Jesus Christ's Atonement that we can overcome our shortcomings, sorrows and sins and feel that purity and cleanliness once more. I have not yet been to Jerusalem or places where Jesus Christ himself walked. But I have been to the places where Joseph Smith received revelation and heavenly messengers. I have visited the Sacred Grove where The Father and The Son appeared to Joseph Smith. I have been to the places where the Golden Plates were buried, where the Book of Mormon was printed, where the Church was organized. I have felt the sweet spirit burning into my soul the truth of these things. Sometimes, there is no other way to describe how you know truth other than you feel it so deeply, so personally, that you just know that it is true. And once you feel that, once you know something to be true, there is no going back. And I have never regretted it.

How I live my faith

We are fortunate to have many ways to live our faith through church service. In my short adult years, I have worked with children, with women, with event planning, with young women, and with teenagers in Sunday School. I have formed many friendships with peers. We are never paid for our service. I have learned more through each service, however, than I could have ever hoped to learn other ways. I am sure that you have heard before that the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. I have had this opportunity over and over and over again and have felt the Lord's hand in shaping me to be the person I am today- often through selfless service to others. And in those capacities, I have often felt God's love for ALL of His children. There are times that I have been given words to say or a thought of something to do that I know had to have come from a higher power. And I have seen how acting on those things has touched the lives of the people around me. I think that is the one of the most powerful things- knowing that God has sent us to help each other, to build each other up, to mourn together and rejoice together. Both giver and receiver are uplifted. And both are essential to God's plan for us.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

In short, no, we haven't always had the Bible. Not the masses, that is. There were huge expanses of time where only clergy had access to the Bible and were the keepers of doctrine. And they were not always true or faithful to the Church. Nor could they have been expected to be. For, once the Apostles and others were killed after Jesus Christ's death, the proper authority for Priesthood power was removed from the earth. That is not to say that there were not good people still, but without a direct channel to heaven, it would be impossible for any large group in the changing world to stay true to God's complete will. This time, the Apostasy, was prophesied in the Bible. And hence the need for a return, a restoration, of all that is true and necessary to the earth. A restored church as Jesus Christ established when he was on the earth is essential to the exaltation of the children of men. Show more Show less