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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a wife and mother and wouldn't change a thing. I love my family so much. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town, and loved it. In fact, now that I'm married and have started my family, we've moved back! My husband grew up less than a mile from my house. We were friends all growing up but didn't date until we were both home from our missions. Now we have one beautiful daughter and a son on the way! I love my life and wouldn't change a thing! I spend my days playing with my little girl, checking on a widow friend, and teaching piano lessons. My very favorite thing is being with my family. We live within 10 minutes of most of my relatives and get together with them all at least once a month. Our favorite activities usually include being outside! We love to go fishing (even in the winter), camping and bike riding. We all have the gardening bug, although my thumb isn't quite as green as others. With all of my brothers' and sister's families, aunts and uncles, cousins, and lots of babies it can get pretty chaotic. But even among all the chaos, it's a little piece of Heaven on earth.

Why I am a Mormon

The more I study the scriptures, and the more I learn of Christ's church, the happier I become. One of my favorite quotes is by Gordon B. Hinkley "In all of living have much of fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured." My favorite chapter in the Book of Mormon is 2 Nephi 2. In that chapter, along with a lot of other great truths, we are taught that "men are that they might have joy." The happier I am, the closer I become with my Heavenly Father, which in turn makes me happier! I strive to find ways to bring lasting joy to myself and my family, and I know that living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the best way to do that. When I am slack in my devotion I can feel tension, stress, and selfishness creep into my life. The only way to combat it is to get back on my knees and start again. It works every time!

How I live my faith

I live each day thinking about how my Father in Heaven graciously gave me the opportunity to not only live with Him again, but to also continue the relationships that I'm building now. I have found so much joy and fulfillment in motherhood knowing that what I do here on earth can affect the eternities. I have made a promise with my Heavenly Father that all He gives to me, I will use to further His kingdom. He has given me my children and I will try my hardest to raise them to be their very best. There are a lot of bumps on the road, and there are a lot of hard days. I find myself on my knees often. Being a "stay-at-home mom," I have found it difficult to find others to connect with. I am starting to share my feelings and answered prayers online and I hope it helps someone. I know it helps me.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Jen
My favorite way to understand, and explain the difference between the church and the temple is to look at school. Just as we wouldn't send our children to college before they have first been through grade school, Heavenly Father wouldn't expect us to be ready for and understand all that the temple has to offer before we have been prepared. Going to church is an important step in preparing for the further knowledge we gain in the Temple. Show more Show less