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Hi I'm Jenna

I'm a Midwestern girl living in Utah for school. I'm an avid reader, crafter, baker, blogger, and napper. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a junior in college studying Human Development and American Sign Language. I hope to get my interpreting certificate for ASL in the next year or so, and plan to be an interpreter for my career. I come from a family where both of my parents are teachers. From a very young age, they instilled in me the importance of education and being an active learner. I can remember sitting at the kitchen table with both of my parents really late at night trying to figure out math problems. I can hear them saying "You can do hard things!" over and over in my head. Math never really got easier for me, and sometimes I still wish I could go back to that table with my mom and dad and have them help me figure things out, just like when I was 10. Although school definitely is not my favorite thing, I feel so blessed to live in a time where education is so readily accessible to me! I'm a lover of all things crafty- especially sewing! I also spend as much of my time reading as I possibly can. I love music. I took voice lessons for seven years, and after a two-year break, I'm starting back up this fall! I also love blogging. One of my New Year's Resolutions this year was to become a force for good on the internet. I've seen blessings in my life as I actively make a change in my social media use! I'm looking forward to getting married and starting a family in my future, but I'm really excited to continue to live my passions and see where the Lord directs me in my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the joy I find in this gospel! I have been a member of this Church since birth, but I know that my life would not be as joyful if I hadn't been. It's as simple as this: the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings joy. We in the LDS community often refer to Heavenly Father's plan for us as "the Plan of Happiness". I find happiness in living my life the way I believe Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father want me to.

How I live my faith

I am very involved in my church community- both in organization and socially. Because I'm in a Young Single Adult congregation-or as we call it, a ward-we have a lot going on all the time! I try to attend everything I can, because being around the people of my ward. We're all very close, and we all live in the same apartment complex, so it's like I had built-in friends upon moving in! I am in charge of planning a meal for my ward once a month! I love having the opportunity to serve my friends!

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

As Mormons, we believe that Jesus Christ suffered and died for us, in order for us to be allowed into the Kingdom of Heaven to live with God the Father again. Grace is the concept that we will all be redeemed, even though we all fall short. We are taught in the Book of Mormon that we are saved by grace, after all we can do. However, we are also commanded by Jesus Christ himself to "be ye therefore perfect" (Matt 5:48). We are human beings: we all know that perfection is impossible for us. So how is it fair that we are commanded to be perfect? How is this not just setting us up for failure? This is where grace comes in. If we are striving and doing our absolute best to become perfect, we will be saved. All we have to do to access the saving grace of the Atonement of Jesus Christ is to show Him that we are doing our best. This involves repenting for our sins, praying, serving, and being examples of Christ to all. We know that we are imperfect- that we will will never qualify for redemption by ourselves. In the words of Brad Wilcox, "...we are not earning heaven. We are learning heaven." (speech: His Grace is Sufficient) By living our lives as perfectly as we can, striving for righteousness, we learn heaven, and thus earn the grace to make it there. Show more Show less