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Hi I'm Jill

I’m a retired music librarian. I enjoy music, reading and family history. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a 75-year old New Zealander and live in a very beautiful country. I love music and studied this at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, receiving an MA in musicology. After receiving my NZ Diploma of Librarianship, I was fortunate to have had a very satisfying career as music librarian in the Alexander Turnbull Library, part of the National Library of New Zealand, from which I retired in 2006. I enjoy doing research, be it in music or family history. My ancestry is English, Scottish, Irish, Jewish, and Spanish and over the years I have continued the family history work of my parents. Retirement gives me the time to read as well as take piano lessons to keep my brain and fingers going. I have two lovely younger sisters, and eight nieces and nephews.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I have never married, I feel very much at home in this family-oriented Church. I was raised in a good Anglican family, but in the early 1950s my parents joined the Latter-day Saints. As an opinionated teenager, I stood my ground for three years and refused to read or listen to any thing about the Church, until I had some spiritual and intellectual experiences which led me to change my mind and be baptised on 10th December 1955. Never for one minute have I ever regretted this decision! I treasure the knowledge and testimony I have that this is the Lord’s true Church, led by Him today through living prophets and apostles. The full gospel, restored in these last days by the prophet Joseph Smith, teaches us the meaning and purpose of life. Our Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us, His children, and we can all be guided thoughout life to fulfil our purposes. I am continually in awe of how my life has unfolded due to my Church membership. I love the doctrines of the Church, especially the knowledge of the atonement of Jesus Christ, our Saviour, who sweeps away the pain of sin and guilt upon our sincere repentance. The Book of Mormon, translated by Joseph Smith by the power of God, bears profound witness of Jesus Christ and what He did for each of us.

How I live my faith

Living the gospel is my chosen way of life. I appreciate all the commandments Heavenly Father has given us. I have felt their protection in a continually changing and uncertain world and they bring us great blessings when we obey them. Being an active Latter-day Saint has brought me growth and happiness beyond my comprehension through service opportunities. A have served two missions for the Church - one in Hong Kong and the other in the Family and Church History Mission in Salt Lake City. Other opportunities with the children, youth, women, music and public affairs have kept my life interesting and meaningful. I love the unique doctrine of the Church that families can be eternal through sacred ordinances performed in our temples. Our genealogical research to identify our deceased ancestors leads to these ordinances being performed for them in our temples, by proxy. It is their choice whether to accept or reject these ordinances. This is such a merciful doctrine revealing the kindness and love our Heavenly Father has for all of His children. I have felt the hand of the Lord and His inspiration throughout my life, in both major and minor decisions, and I am so grateful for the almost continual feeling of peace and happiness that I feel, which is a precious gift of the Holy Ghost, bestowed on all who are baptised and confirmed members of this Church.