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Hi I'm Jolyn

I am a college student. I love music. I want to be a music therapist. I am a missionary in San Diego. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I was born in Logan, Utah and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. My dad passed away when I was 12 and my family moved to Utah. In Utah, my mom remarried and I now am the oldest child in a fantastic family of nine. I am a college student majoring in music. I love music! My goal is to learn how to play 25 instruments. I can play piano with my toes and my 12 major scales with my nose. I love milk and orange chicken. I love to paint and draw. I enjoy running and basketball. I am working on becoming trilingual (German, English, Spanish!) I love family history! I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family. I enjoy punny jokes. (What do you call fake spaghetti? An impasta...!) I am currently a missionary in San Diego, California, which means I get to teach others about the gospel of Jesus Christ from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. I am happiest when I am able to help others to be happy.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has brought me so much happiness in my life! I have been able to feel peace and happiness in the midst of my toughest trials and biggest heartbreaks. I have been able to leave my sins behind and become a better person. I have been able to learn that I am a Child of a loving Heavenly Father, and that my Heavenly Father has a plan for me and all His children (yes, that means you!). I have learned to always have hope and know that things will work out. I have been able to feel the peace of knowing that disappointments and surprise 'change of plans' in life are the Lord's way of saying 'I have something better for you.' I have been able know for sure that God is real, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that there is a real prophet who receives revelation for the church as a whole, and his name is Thomas S. Monson. I know these things because I have received unmistakable evidence from the spirit, God's line of communication to all of His children. I know these things are true! And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I do my best to make my faith evident in every aspect of my character; in other words, I ingrain the gospel into my every day life. I start my morning with scripture study. I say prayers of gratitude and 'Help!' countless times a day. I used my talents as I learn to be more like Jesus Christ: I play the piano for the congregation in which I am serving here in San Diego. I learn how to sing arrangements of the church hymns to help invite the spirit. I choose to listen to music that helps me stay in a good mood so I can help others do the same. I teach my peers how to do family history research. I do my best to go to the temple as often as I can. I let my family know that they are important to me. I do what I can everyday to help others know that they are beloved children of God!

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Jolyn
Imagine a dot on a piece of paper. How many lines can you draw through this piece of paper? An infinite amount. The Bible comprised of the words of God told through prophets throughout time. However, just like the dot on our piece of paper, the Bible over time has been subject to an infinite number of interpretations and translations. Now imagine two dots on a piece of paper. How many lines can you draw between the two? One. The restoration and the translation of the Book of Mormon was necessary in order to bring back simple and precious truths that over time were lost in the Bible. Together they are evidence of and guidance for Heavenly Father's plan for us. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Jolyn
The temple is a house of learning. The things the worthy Latter-Day Saints learn in the temple are sacred, not secret. This knowledge becomes a goal we strive to be worthy for. We want all to be able to feel the joy and peace we feel within the temple! During open houses before each temple is dedicated, those who are and are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are encouraged to come inside. We encourage everyone to see the beauty of the building and feel the Spirit. If you ever get the chance to go to an open house, go and see what temples are all about! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jolyn
It's like having so much joy your heart can't hold it all. Every day! We have our hardships, we have our trials, but regardless of what happens in our lives we always have a foundation of faith to fall back on. And that foundation is named Jesus Christ! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Jolyn
Families are eternal. Building strong family relationships is so important. A successful, strong family is most likely to be achieved when founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ. God cares about our families so much. I know every family situation is ideal, but I have seen first-hand how the gospel of Jesus Christ can strengthen a struggling family and give us hope. Show more Show less

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

Jolyn
The Atonement contains three parts: The suffering of Christ in Gethsemane, His Crucifixion, and His Resurrection. When Christ suffered in Gethsemane, he suffered for all of our sins. He did this so when we repent, we can be completely clean and not suffer from guilt anymore. He also suffered every pain and sorrow that we would ever feel in this life. He did this so we would always have someone who knows exactly how we feel. When Christ was crucified and resurrected, he broke the bands of death. He died and came back to life so death didn't have to be the end. Because He died for us, death never has to be a good bye, but a "see you later." And when we do see them later, we will be in the literal presence of God once again. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Jolyn
Some of my greatest role models and heroes in my life are Mormon women (including my mom). These women understand that in God's eye's men and women are equal in every way. Even though men and women in the church are considered equal, their responsibilities are not identical. Equal, but not identical. One of my favorite quotes that I have heard is "Husbands should be respected as the leader of the household, but husbands need to remember that there is a queen in the house!" We believe that husbands and wives should work together in every aspect of their lives. They are a team! A team with teammates that are no more important than the other. Show more Show less