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Hi I'm Jennifer

My parents are divorced. I spent most of my growing up outside St. Louis. I attend college close to where I grew up. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Since my parents were divorced, whenever my brother and I would go on visitation we were exposed to different religions. Now as a college student I can appreciate the opportunity to see the diversity of people around me as a way to help me relate to my roommates. I play violin and have been off and on in the University Symphony when it works with my lab schedule. As a science major it never ceases to amaze me how science and religion support each other. It also amazes me how religious many of my science professors are, especially in comparison to other subjects.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child on visitation I was exposed to many different Christian denominations and often attended other services. I always believed that the Bible was real and that Heavenly Father had sent Jesus Christ to Earth to atone for us so that there would be more than oblivion when this life was over. I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is real, that the Holy Ghost is meant to comfort and guide us, and that the righteous God of the Old and New Testaments would not abandon his creation after all of the time and attention he has carefully laid into us. I know that we are all equal in His eyes and that when the time comes in which we are greeted by death, we should embrace it like we would an old friend, because after death we have a chance to be with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and all those we have loved and lost again. I am a Mormon because I believe that Joseph Smith had a vision in the sacred grove of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and that under their guidance and direction he restored the church to the Earth. All of this provides me with hope when life feels hard or when I feel the crippling weight of grief. The knowledge that I will be with those I love again, that is what makes grief, pain, and sorrow, endurable.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in service activities for my city and my ward. Since I was small a spirit of charity and hard work has been encouraged by my family and leaders, whether in helping someone move or working with the local food pantry/ soup kitchen.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Essentially Mormons aren't any different than anyone else. You get up in the morning go to school or your job, and try to be a productive member of your community just like everyone else. Its regular people just trying to be the best and happiest version of themselves that they can be. Alright, so maybe we pray more, dress more modestly (in general), and we follow a food law, called the Word of Wisdom, in which we give up some things that are already acknowledged not to be good for you. But, there isn't a cookie cutter Mormon family, that uniqueness that God endowed us with is part of what makes life so worth living. No one is perfect by any means, but that shouldn't stop us from living a life that is good. Show more Show less