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Hi I'm Jenna

I'm a beach girl, a musician, and I love snowboarding and reading. I'll be serving a mission in the Philippines. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of five kids, and the only girl. All four of my brothers are married, and I'm the lucky aunt of six adorable nieces and nephews! Music has always been a big tradition in both my immediate and extended families, and I sing and play piano. I'm also an avid reader, of everything from historical fiction to mysteries to fantasy. Even though I grew up 5 minutes from the beach, I've been a lover of snowboarding for over a decade. I'm a student at BYU in Utah, and I just finished my Freshman year there. I loved living in Utah, because I got to live 45 minutes from a ski resort and go snowboarding frequently! I also wakeboard, longboard, and rock climb. One of my favorite pass-times is meeting new people and becoming friends with them. I've recently been called to serve in the Philippines Quezon City North Mission, and I report on July 3, 2015. I can't wait to serve God and meet the wonderful people of the Philippines!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my whole life, and yes I've been raised in it since birth, but I chose to be a Mormon. First of all, I don't even know who I'd be right now if I hadn't had the uplifting standards and beliefs of this church growing up. In this day and age when the world is full of war and poverty and rated X entertainment, and high schools are full of drugs and vulgarity and negative peer pressure, and so many people are pulling in so many different directions, it's been SO important to me to be a Mormon. It's not only given me wonderful values and morals, but also given me friends with my same beliefs who are trying just as hard as I am to stay away from swearing and drugs, who are trying everyday to live as Christ would and keep the commandments and standards of the church. But even with this, I mess up all the time! I make mistakes, which can be so discouraging. However, one of my favorite things about this church is the concept of repentance. Jesus Christ died for each and every one of us, and he can take away our sins and our mistakes. This gives me hope, and encourages me to keep trying even when I mess up time and time again, because Christ loves me, and washes me of my mistakes, and helps me to be better. I'm a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true, because I know I'm a daughter of Heavenly Father and He loves me, because we have a living prophet of God today. I'm a Mormon: I know it, I live it, I love it.

How I live my faith

One way I have lived my faith is by serving for many years in church. I've been president of the young women's age group as well as been a member of the youth council that plans activities. As part of both of these positions, I had the opportunity to talk to and befriend many of the other youth. Also, one of my favorite ways that I served was being the organist from age 14-18. It was so wonderful to help others worship by being involved in the music! Apart from church callings, I live my faith by trying my best to do and say what Christ would. He is the ultimate example in all aspects, and each day I try and become more like Him. Living my faith for the most part isn't about big experiences and activities and interactions, in my opinion. It's more about the small, daily actions that build upon one another to create the best experience, like reading scriptures and praying and finding opportunities to uplift others. It's about helping others, and speaking kindly, and working hard to grow and improve. It's about being unselfish, and loving, and not just telling others what I believe but actually living what I believe. It's about truly being a disciple of Christ.