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Hi I'm Jenalyn Thiriot

I grew up in Illinois. I'm 5'1. I love to smile. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up catching fireflies on warm summer nights in Illinois. I don't like raisins. I graduated from BYU with a BA in Communications and an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. I love to climb trees, read books, hike and run. I'm about to serve an LDS mission to Bulgaria for 18 months, and I am beyond excited! I'm not married, but I can't wait to start my own family and be a wife and mother someday. I'm always looking for a new adventure, and my favorite things in the world are my family, sunshine, rice pudding and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others.

Why I am a Mormon

What does it mean to be a Mormon? Technically, it means that I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But guess what? It's so much more than just a religious affiliation. It means that I have found God, and that I want to return to live with Him one day. It means that I am saved by the grace of Jesus Christ's Atonement, but also that I am changed by it on a daily basis. It means that I live this life and do the things I do so that I can become the kind of person that God needs and wants me to be. It means that I hope and love and pray and have faith in greater things to come. I am a Mormon because I have felt God's endless love for me, personally, and for others in my life. No matter what happens, I cannot seem to forget that flood of love that comes from on high, and I never feel it more strongly than when I am living the teachings of Jesus Christ found within the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No, I am not perfect. But God is, and He has witnessed to me that this is His kingdom upon the earth. And so I am a Mormon. This is who I am, and His church is where I belong.

How I live my faith

I'm unmarried, so I've attended Young Single Adult wards for the past four years. These are different from normal church congregations because instead of families coming to our church meetings, we just have young adults aged 18-30. Being in these YSA wards has been such a blessing for me! Everything we talk about and do there is focused on the challenges and questions that kids our age are currently facing. We make new friends and learn to love and support each other. I've also been able to bless the lives of others by organizing activities that help us fellowship one another and learn more about our Savior Jesus Christ and His teachings. I've participated in leadership positions within the church with the duty to watch over the girls in our ward, find those who were struggling and give them temporal and spiritual help. I learned to love the girls I watched over, especially as the Lord helped me discern their needs and fill them. The more that I serve and love others, the more I feel my Heavenly Father's love for me.