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Hi I'm Jenifer

I didn't grow up in traditional family. Today I'm learning to raise my 8 kids and enjoy my moments. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an optimist. I believe that our past doesn't determine our destiny. I believe that life is good, even as it is hard. I love fingerprints on my windows and crayon drawings. I have lived in NJ, VA, UT, MI, TX, OR and NY. I love people, I love learning, I love to laugh. I was given over 200 units of blood and nearly died bringing my eighth child into this world. Today, I am glad to be alive.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by a single mother who converted to Mormonism when I was young. At first, my sister and I were the only children attending a single's congregation and as I got older, ward members would pick me up and bring me with them to church activities and Sunday meetings in a family ward. My mother would eventually remarry and divorce in my youth. My family was never the traditional Mormon family. When I was eight, I remember crying in my room as I sang to myself the song "I am a child of God." I wondered why God hadn't blessed me with "parents kind and dear." As my soul questioned Heaven, I felt my body enveloped in a heavenly hug. I knew that I had a Heavenly Father and that He loved me. I felt that I would never want for a father, because He would compensate. My Heavenly Father answered me then and has walked with me since that day. My relationship with my earthly father has improved as I've grown, but I am eternally grateful for that special relationship I have always had with my Father in Heaven. As I grew, I learned much about the doctrine of the gospel and I believe the doctrine with all of my soul. But, more than anything, sitting at church I saw families that glowed. I always wanted a happy home and I knew from a young age that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would teach me how to create that home. I began watching good mothers at church and taking notes when I was a teen. I have never stopped learning from these good women around me. Today, I have eight children of my own. I married a return missionary with pioneer roots, in the Washington, DC temple. Everyday I thank God for the gospel in my life. I know that our past does not determine our destiny. We have the power to learn, to choose and to become anything that we want to be. Today I know that Heavenly Father did bless me with parents kind and dear, but more than that He has helped me to become a kind and dear mother. This is why I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

While in college, I taught religion to classes of high school students in Utah. I have taught classes of youth and adults often since that time. Participating in church and PTA events taught me how to host large gatherings of people. I often have friends in my home or help to plan meetings or conferences in areas where we live. I loved planning Girl's Camp for teenage girls in Michigan, catering Youth Conference and helping to plan the first annual Nativity Exhibit in Texas, and speaking with my husband at Women's Conference in Oregon. I'm currently enjoying learning about digital media with friends in New York. I love working with children, teens and adults. I've enjoyed working with friends at church, in the schools where my children attend, and in the communities where we have lived. I live my faith best at home, five minutes before bedtime.