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Hi I'm Jenay

I haven't always been a Mormon. I lived in a broken home and yearned for some purpose and peace. Now I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having grown up in a broken home I yearned for purpose and peace. I attended several different churches with family and on my own. When I was 18 I began to read books outside of the scriptures about spirituality and our place in the Universe. Many had interesting theories and when put into practice certainly brought a small amount of peace and hope but there were large chunks missing. Many questions I had could not be answered by ministers or even the scriptures, as their interpretations were contradicted. At the age of 19 I was in College and began to walk to class with a girl in my dorm whom I knew casually for a few years. We began to discuss spiritual matters and to my surprise she had answers for every one of my nagging, unanswered questions. I attended a meeting and began to read the Book of Mormon. At first it was confusing. I asked a lot of questions and persevered in my reading. After a few weeks, my friend recommended that I ask my questions in a meeting with the missionaries (they were also 19 and truth be told that didn't hurt matters!) I was in awe of how mature and moral these young men were. My whole life felt different since I started studying the Book of Mormon, the peace I had felt before seemed to be an embryo waiting for light and nourishment to grow. The standards taught by the missionaries were high, but I felt so much joy as I committed my life to Jesus Christ and was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have tried many other ways of living and none other has brought me the joy and peace, and closeness to my Savior Jesus Christ that this church has. It wasn't easy to let go of the world and its priorities, but with hindsight I can see the blessings so very clearly that I could only hope for then. Many of the things I heard about this church were strange, and most of them were false. I have grown line upon line and never once regretted my decision to be Mormon. The family I have built, founded on the Savior and this church, is more than I imagined a family could be like. We are not perfect. My kids fight over who sits on the window seat and complain about things not being fair like everyone else. Sometimes we deal with bigger issues like lying and disrespect. Through it all we have a foundation in Christ and we are all committed to showing His love through us. That has made all the difference.

How I live my faith

I am now a youth leader in the church. I had so many times growing up that I relied on youth group for strength, it is an honor to give back and help lead these youth today. I also am privileged to visit with and minister to several women in my community. We call it visiting teaching and over the years I have been strengthened by women of all ages and conditions. It is often easy to think about what I need this week or get things done on my daily task list, but serving these women has helped me to forget myself and talk with each person as Christ did on the earth. Sometimes the needs of women and youth are minimal and we enjoy just spending time together. Often, there are immediate needs that we can together bring to our Father in Heaven through prayer and fasting. Poverty, sickness, sin, heartbreak, death, mental illness, and wayward family members are some of the most burdensome things people go through. But I have seen how faith in Christ and the loving support of others has brought healing to each of these situations. It is an honor to serve knowing I bear the name of my Savior as I go about his works.