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Hi I'm Jen

I was raised in the church, I'm a mother of 3, I am a military wife and I struggle with imperfect health. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Where to begin.... I am a mother of 3 little ones that keep me busy. I love anything sports. I love to craft and have turned that craft into a business. I work from home. I went to college for two years where a met my husband who showed me life was an adventure. My husband is in the Air Force. We have moved 7 soon to be 8 times in 9 years of marriage. We had our first baby on our 1 year anniversary. What defines me most other than what has been listed is I suffer from several health conditions. I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism which is surprisingly common which due to some unfortunate events led to hypoparathyroidism, hypocalcemia, Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder (most people don't know what this is but to put it simply it is an autoimmune disorder which for me is a combination of Lupus and Scleroderma) I at one point had stage 3 kidney failure (I struggle with this but my kidneys are currently functioning much better). Along with a list of other health problems that are very well managed. Living with poor health is such a struggle physically for sure but even worse sometimes emotionally. My poor husband and kids can attest to that. I love knowing that these problems that plague my body are my trial on this earth and I can overcome them in the next life. I try hard not to let them dictate my life but also know that I can be of much service to anyone including the Lord if I don't care for my physical needs.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church by a very active, service oriented family. It always felt right and I always knew I wanted to be a member but it wasn't until I graduated from High School that I truly converted. I knew the Gospel being taught to me was true I just hadn't decided it was of importance to me. I went through a year where I struggled with my activity in the church I moved a few times and tried different jobs and different environments. None of which I felt like I was in my element where I could be my best. I finally ended up living in an area where I regained my activity in the LDS church. It felt so good to come back into the church and know that everything was true. I learned to love and live the gospel. I was married a few years later and started my own family. I knew after I had my first daughter that I wanted her to be able to make this decision for herself from an early age. I have more faith and understanding of the LDS church as I have studied the Book of Mormon and Bible, and prayed to know their truths. Its interesting because growing up I always just thought "I am so glad our church has a prophet of God" but later I realized and know that the Prophet of "our church" is the Prophet for everyone. President Monson has been sent to this earth not just to serve the Lord in his restored church but to serve those still seeking the truth. I also have recently come to the knowledge of how this is true for every aspect of our churches organization. We are here to serve every person on this earth, help them draw closer to our Savior and truly know Him, and testify of the truthfulness of His gospel. I do truly struggle with my physical limitations to do this because of my health but my current health struggles have only solidified what I know to be true. I know Jesus Christ endured my burdens and died for me, I know He lived and will live again and I love Him for carrying me through when I could no longer bear my own burdens in this life.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving in our local church by helping organize the instructors for the women of our church and I also help and support in the welfare, relief and enrichment of the women in our area. I also visit women in our area to be a friend and support system for them and also help them to feel of the Savior's love for them. I volunteer as a Precinct Leader for my local precinct and also volunteer to help run things on election day. I try to help with my kids classrooms from home (which right now is not as much as I would like). I also can be found helping coach various activities for my kids.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jen
No one every learned anything to be true by sitting around waiting for it to be force fed to them. If you want to know for yourself you must actively seek to know those truths with an open heart to the spirit of the Lord. As members of our church you will hear people say "Faith without works is dead". What that means to me is I can have faith that my kids will eat breakfast but unless I get it for them it won't happen. The same is true for learning the truths of the Gospel. I can have faith that the church is true but without praying to my Heavenly Father, without aligning my life style with his teachings and without studying the Book of Mormon I most likely will never know it to be true. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jen
I think we are growing as a church because people find themselves looking for something they can find stability in. I can go to church in Egypt and church in Canada and be taught the exact same teachings and principles of the Gospel. The LDS church is not a church run by men but I church run by the Lord. At the end of the day if we sat and thought about the true meaning of life we would find that it lines up with the teachings of the LDS church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jen
As a church you will find us serving in many different ways. We are encouraged to volunteer in our communities and through civic duties. After Hurricane Katrina my husband spent three weekends driving down from Georgia to help clean up and rebuild. After the floods in North Dakota we sent around 50 missionaries to clean up the community and help people who lost everything. After the fires in Colorado this year the women of our church quickly sewed 100's of neck coolers for the firemen fighting them. I have watched locally as we have extended support to women who have lost their husbands or are dealing with unknown ailments but are not members. We believe everyone on the earth is a son/daughter of God which motivates us to serve everyone we come in contact with. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Jen
I believe that families are a divine organization by our Heavenly Father. When practiced in accordance with His teachings they can uplift our mind body and spirit. Our families can help us learn and achieve and can help us pick up the pieces when we need the extra support. I know that we have a family on earth and that through the proper ordinances that same family can continue and grow in the Next life. Show more Show less