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Hi I'm Jeri

I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, former teacher, and I’m a Mormon!

About Me

My husband and I were married 59 years ago, but I am now a widow. We have four children, one deceased. Seventeen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren are the delight of my life. I graduated from college with a degree in secondary education, with a major in English. Evidently that qualifies me as the resident editor of the family when grandchildren’s term papers are due. My childhood wish was to become a writer. That dream faded, but was revived recently when I decided to write the personal histories of my parents. That has been published, and I am now in the process of writing the stories of our marriage and family. I do have a passion for family histories! My love of reading created an interest in other forms of history as well. We began our marriage in California, and then my husband’s company transferred our family to Connecticut, then to West Virginia, and finally to Texas. We chose to retire in Utah. Those were years of learning to appreciate the diversity of our culture and people as a nation, and I cherish the enduring friendships that we made. I relied on my faith for support each time our family was uprooted. The loss of our son and my husband in a period of 18 months tested my faith, but it did not fail me. I learned that happiness can follow sorrow. Sharing love and serving others helped me find a sense of peace and belonging each time I moved into a different phase of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised in the Mormon Church. My conversion to this church came as an adult; however, the seeds were planted in my childhood. My mother grew up in a Mormon home, but we as a family did not attend services. A love of reading led me to discover my great-grandfather’s journal one day, and I became fascinated with the stories he told. Born in Scotland, he migrated to Canada and was baptized into the Mormon Church there. His journal is full of wonderful stories about joining the pioneers and crossing the plains with his family to the Salt Lake Valley. That book was a treasure in my young mind, and my Grandpa was a hero. My husband was a Mormon, and after our marriage I felt a desire to find greater understanding of the peace and spiritual conviction that both he and my mother lived by. The words of testimony I had read so many years ago came back to me, and I began a personal search for the answer. Sincere prayer and study of the scriptures revealed to me that the gospel of Jesus Christ is a true source of strength and happiness. I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have found the understanding I was seeking. As Mormons, we believe that families can be together forever. That comforting thought strengthens me when loneliness threatens. I have experienced direction from the Holy Ghost as I face important decisions. I know that God loves all of his children, and that love sustains me each day.

How I live my faith

Living my faith includes normal worship patterns of weekly church attendance, daily scripture reading, prayer and fasting, temple attendance and service. I have enjoyed leading and teaching the women and the youth of the church. However, my faith requires more than these weekly activities if I am going to follow Christ’s example. I know that acts of compassionate service can be a source of comfort and help to others. Simple daily acts of kindness such as offering a helping hand, lending a listening ear, bringing in a meal, or simply greeting someone with a smile can lift the spirit. Strengthening the bonds of love within the family is a vital demonstration of my faith. I enjoy baking, so when my grandchildren began attending college nearby, I invited them (and their roommates) over on Sunday night for dessert. It is now seven years later, and Sunday night “Dessert at Grandma’s” is an unbroken tradition. It has grown to include all members of the family that are available, and we find it a fun way to keep in touch on a weekly basis. Relationships are strengthened as help is offered, family news is shared, and plans are made together. When the family gathers, a spirit of unity prevails and spirits are lifted. Living my faith is not demanding, it is a result of the peace of mind and happiness I have found in the gospel of Jesus Christ.