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Hi I'm Jenna

Growing up we moved a lot. We lived in different states and even spent a few years in Japan. I love to learn, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a fourth year university student and I got married last year. I'm still learning how to juggle all of my responsibilities and how to fill my many roles - a pursuit that sometimes doesn't work out all that well. I love the performing arts, literature, history, and the study of cultures. In my spare time I like to spend time outdoors - walking, camping, or taking pictures. I feel like being alone in nature helps me connect with myself and to stay true to who I am. I was diagnosed with a sleep disorder in high school that sometimes makes life a little more difficult - it certainly made graduating a tremendous feat. However, it also helps me grow and appreciate life to a degree I'm not sure I could experience otherwise.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was fourteen I reached a point in my development where it was necessary for me to make up my own mind about what I believed and who I was, because I couldn't keep on living the way I was just because that's what I had been raised to do. I knew that others wondered if I was a Mormon simply because my parents were, and at that time I confronted the same question. Why was I a Mormon? I felt angry with the idea that God would ask anyone to accept something on faith alone-I felt that the path I was walking was hard enough and that I deserved some kind of sign, a clue-anything. Hadn't I been obedient for long enough? I remember feeling so alone. Where was God when I needed him? How could I possibly ever come to know if the Church was true? Why was he so silent if he really cared about me? Over and over I remembered that I had been taught to search scripture for answers, to pray and ask God whether any of this was true. But prayer was the last thing I felt like doing. How could God ask me for another leap of faith? As I contemplated searching the scriptures, however, I remember feeling uplifted. So, half begrudgingly I began to search for examples of others in the scriptures who had been in my same situation. And that night, I found the scripture that changed everything. It was in the Book of Mormon, 2nd Nephi chapter 32 verse 8, "And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts;"-This struck home, for what had I been doing all those weeks if not pondering in my heart?-"and it greiveth me...For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray". There accompanied those words a profound feeling of comfort and warmth, and for the first time since asking myself these questions, I didn't feel alone or afraid. That night, I prayed for answers. I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon really was another testament of Jesus Christ. And over time, I came to know for myself that these things are true.

How I live my faith

One thing I love about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that it's not a "Sunday-only" kind of faith. Every day I am surrounded by reminders of who I am - a daughter of God - and what that means as I live out each day. I try to find opportunities to serve in my community, and every month I touch bases with other women in the Church to find out how they are doing and if they could use any extra hands in the things they undertake.