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Hi I'm Jenette

I grew up in Kamas, Utah. I am the oldest of 8 children. After me five brothers were born, finally I got two baby sisters.

About Me

I was teased when I was a child. I would come home crying and had a wonderful mother whom helped me through it. I consider myself a Swan. Yes, I was the Ugly Duckling but now I am a Beautiful Woman. I had a sheep and was devastated when it died. My growing up life was way different than my younger brother and sisters. Us older kids hauled sprinkler pipes to earn $ for: a trampoline, tv, computer and gaming system. I enjoyed playing sports in high school but I wasn't very good. I studied Executive Assisting and Behavioral Science at College in Orem. I enjoyed my BYU Wards. I served my mission in Durban South Africa. I worked for the State of Utah almost 13 years for The Division of Child and Family Services but retired when I was unable to have children. Seeing the abused children was too hard on me emotionally. I also had a part time job. My co-worker could see how unhappy I was being single. She asked if she could introduce me to her neighbor and I agreed. My husband is my soup mate. I love him very much. He came into my life when both of us were willing and ready to accept each other for how we are. We told each other our past mistakes and shared our hopes and dreams. I am the step mother of 2 young men (they were 15 and 12 when they came into my life) and 1 young woman (she was 10 when we marred). I am the step grandmother of 3 boys and finally got 1 girl this year (however I have not met her).

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My father knows a lot about the Church and served a mission. He said his father did not make him attend church meetings but always made it possible for him to attend. My mother is a convert to the church. Missionaries knocked on her door, she could not let them in because it wasn't her home (she was a nanny). As the missionaries were walking away they we given the impression to go back. They knocked on the door and told her, "Next time missionaries knock on your door let them in." Years later when she had returned home to England, missionaries knocked on her door. She remembered what the previous missionaries told her to do. I have gained a testimony of doctrine myself, otherwise I would not have the strength to follow the plan. When I was 13 years old I was privileged to be vacationing with my grandparents in Spain. One day I found myself asking, 'God do you really exist?' 'Am I really your daughter?' Strong was the Holy Ghost testifying to me, 'Yes, I am your Heavenly Father and yes, Jenette you have always known you are my daughter.' When I was 17 years old, I watched a video about Joseph Smith. Afterwards I prayed to know for myself: he was a Prophet of God, he did see The First Vision and translated The Book of Mormon. When I was in the Young Women's program, I was Baptized for the Dead. However, when I took the opportunity to travel to the St George temple and perform these Ordinances in my college years, this is when I understood the meaning. I felt the spirit so strong, I was doing what this person wanted, they had accepted the Gospel and was waiting for me to do their work. On my mission I learned to appreciate the teachings and mission of Jesus Christ. I have used the Atonement in my life and feel peace, I do not feel guilt. This is the promise of our Savior.

How I live my faith

I am the Sunday School teacher for 5 to 6 year olds. One day I would love to help the youth (12-18 year olds) work on their goals. I am a visiting teacher. A Visiting Teacher has a partner and visits assigned women in the church once a month in her home. The visits are: social, give a spiritual message and then we report back to leaders anything the family is needing. I will share an experience about my visiting teachers. I am Bi Polar and stopped taking Lithium because I had too many side effects and missed too much of work. I saw the doctor and was given another medication. The medication did not work as it wasn't made for what my brain was missing. My work and husband said I was zoned out. I quit my job and moved back home with my parents. My mother said it was difficult to see me this way. I use to be so talkative but now depressed. She said I should be taking care of her (she's 71) not the other way around (I'm 43). During one of our visits I broke down and said I did not feel my life was worth much because I wasn't able to have children and what kind of life is it working at Wal-Mart? They encouraged me to go to the doctor and get on another medication. My mother went with me, I was worried about the cost because I no longer had insurance. The doctor said Valproic Acid was expensive and my heart sank. He said it was about $40 and we exclaimed, "Oh we can afford that." This is the right medicine for me and I am happy with my life, thanks to my visiting teachers words of encouragement.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jenette
Heavenly Father obeys laws, if he made exceptions he would cease to be God. The law was broken and a penalty must be paid. God planned for his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us. This paid the price for the broken law. However, not any sacrifice would do. Jesus who was perfect could be the only one to fulfill the law because he never broken any laws. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jenette
We believe families can be together forever. The more we learn as a family on this earth the more prepared we will be for the next life. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jenette
By their fruits ye shall know them. My church works with the Catholic church to get supplies in areas faster than the leaders would be able to do by themselves. Welfare services helps families who are in crisis. Give a man a fish and he will feed his family for a night, teach a man how to fish and he'll feed his family for a lifetime. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jenette
We believe The Holy Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. The Old Testament is prophecy of Jesus Christ's coming. The New Testament is his teachings. Show more Show less