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Hi I'm Jill

I was raised as an orthodox Jew. I am now a Mormon.I have 13 kids and I am a lawyer.

About Me

My parents were academics, and we travelled everywhere in Augusts each year. The summer just after I turned 8, we visited Temple Square and saw a movie at the visitors center. I was so impressed that, even though I was an orthodox jew, I spent a lot of time reading about the Mormons and trying to find someone who was Mormon . Eventually I found someone at the law firm I started at when I finished law school (I also have a bachelor's in teaching english and a master's in library science). He taught me a lot, we married, and after having the missionaries over for dinner every Thursday night for 7 years, I decided to be baptized. I didn't realize I was being taught. I thought I was "doing my job" as the wife of a Mormon by feeding the missionaries. Anyway, We have 13 children, now all grown. About 4 years after the birth of the last one I had a stroke and am now unable to practice law. I read, try to practice my flute and piano, talk to my children, try to relearn skills I lost from the first stroke and one more following.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the Mormon church is true. I spent years, until my early 20s, studying Judaism, all its teachings,the books of Old Testament with the interpretations of the prophets. I studied hard for and won international Bible contests involving select books of the Old Testament and interpretations thereof. I was known in my east coast region by name as "the young Jewish scholar".Since I was 8 years old, however, there was a burning desire in me to find out more about the Mormon church. The movie I saw in the Visitors' Center when I was 8 made me feel so comfortable and warm inside. I felt such a longing to stay there. Judaism was comfortable and made me happy because of all the traditions and all the knowledge I had learned. When I started learning about the Mormon church, I felt comfortable and happy because of the peace I felt inside, and because of the logic I could finally connect. I am a Mormon because praying in my own words, thanking God, praying for assistance with endurance through my conditions and the loss of the educational goals I had accomplished for myself and my family gives me such a feeling of connection and peace that I never felt in Judaism. Praying, studying the scriptures, starting each day with reminders that my Heavenly Father knows me and is there for me, that is why being a Mormon is the right choice for me and, I hope, for everyone.

How I live my faith

It is hard for me to drive and help my fellow sisters and their children, since I also have epilepsy and cannot drive. I try to call; those sisters I know or feel are in need. I pray often, and always follow what I think the Lord is asking me to do. Before my disabilities and all my children, it was easier for me to be involved with the other members in my ward. I was frequently called to be the librarian for the branches we lived in, because of my experience as a librarian. Sometimes I am called to write letters to sisters who cannot come to church for various reasons. Sometimes I am helpful to young mothers as a sounding board for ideas for fun, discipline, and other tips for children of all ages. I read my scriptures often, every day, and pray often. I look for help in finding more ways to help others despite my limitations.