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Hi I'm Jerry

I wanting to be a Mom, a College Graduate, and an Artist. I have six kids, a PhD, taught Design at a University and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up dreaming of being a mom, a college graduate, and an artist. I completed two years at the university but had no degree when I got married at the age of twenty. After ten years of marriage I had four children and decided to go back to school. I was scared, but I took one class a semester. I had two more babies. Ten years later at the age of 40, I completed a bachelor;s degree in Illustration. I worked as an in-house artist and a free-lance illustrator. I illustrated a series of children's books, and taught fashion illustration and design part-time at the university. I was living my dream. Then I went on to complete a Master's degree in illustration and at 50 received a PhD in Instructional Design and Technology. When my youngest child graduated from High School I accepted full-time employment for the first time. I worked as an instructional designer in Distance Education helping college faculty develop and design online and televised courses. Four years later I became the Director of Faculty Development at the State College. I retired early, however at 60, to join my husband in living his dream. We moved to Brazil for four and a half years and served as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestor, John Tanner, joined the church in up-state New York in the 1800's. He sacrificed all his wealth for his new found faith and came out to Utah in a borrowed wagon. Other of my ancestors likewise choose to follow the Mormon-Church leaders West because of persecution. Their belief and faith in Jesus Christ and the restoration of the fullness of His gospel and church and priesthood authority sustained them through all their trials and tribulations. They never gave up. Five generations later my parents returned to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after growing up in homes where their parents had given up on the faith of these ancestors. I was nurtured in the full light of the gospel truths of Jesus Christ. After I was grown, married, and expecting my fourth child I experienced some very difficult trials and tribulations. I wanted to give up on life and living. As I laid in bed thinking I would never get up again, I read the biography of John Tanner. Through his trials and his courage and his faith, I came to know for myself that believing in Jesus Christ and His restored Gospel means you never give up. I got up and decided I wanted to live this gospel that strengthened my parents and my ancestors and could strengthen me. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

To live the gospel of Jesus Christ I learned that not only did I have to believe it was true but I had to know the doctrine. So I study and ponder and pray about the scriptures and the written words of the living prophet and apostles every day. I believe in Gods commandment to keep the Sabbath Day holy. So I attend church every week, partake of His holy sacrament and renew my commitment to always remember him so I can always have His Spirit to be with me. I try to follow the promptings of His spirit throughout the week such as visiting a neighbor or calling someone who needs to feel loved. I know that when I am in the service of others I am only in the service of my God. So I accept every opportunity to serve in my church. That is how I live my faith.