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Hi I'm Jeri

I was born into and active LDS family. In fact, I have pioneer ancestors who crossed the plains to escape religious persecution.

About Me

I am a senior citizen, a grandmother, mother, wife, sister, and a daughter of God. I was raised with loving parents, four sisters and one brother. At the age of 14 my family moved from Salt Lake City to a city in the South. The other teenagers there at church were all good friends. This is where I met my husband and began dating him. I encouraged him to go on a two-year mission for our church when he was 19, which he did while I attended a junior college. When he returned, we were married about six months later in the LDS temple. I did not finish getting a college degree and we began our family of four sons and two daughters. I regret not finishing school, but I loved raising our six children. I guess you could say that I was quite domesticated. I helped raise a garden, canned from it, cooked, sewed, knitted and crocheted. I loved singing and dancing, and performing in plays, so later in life I was blessed to be a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 20 years. My dear husband and children were so good to support me and all the times I had to be gone from home so that I could serve. It was a great blessing in my life. Just recently, my husband and I were called to serve a full-time mission together living from home. We are very excited to do so and to share the gospel of Christ with others in our area. What greater joy can there be than to help others find the happiness that we have had all of our lives?

Why I am a Mormon

I don't feel that I have ever been forced to believe anything. Even though I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ, I have studied things out for myself and have decided on my own that this is the church that I want to belong to. I feel that knowing truth is the way to have happiness. You cannot know this feeling without having the Holy Spirit testify it through your heart. Everything in this church just makes perfect sense to me and the Spirit testifies to me each day that what the scriptures say and what our prophets teach are true. When I went to high school, I attended classes before school started called early-morning seminary. It helped me to get a better understanding of the Bible and The Book of Mormon. I also took other classes in college and in Sunday school that confirmed to my heart and mind that it is where I place my trust. It has never proven to be the wrong choice. I love my life as a Mormon and there is no other place I would rather be. The experiences I have had through the church, including its programs, my callings, and singing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have made me who I am today.

How I live my faith

I hope that I am a good example of a Mormon to others that I come into contact with. My parents were good examples to me as well as many family members and friends. I have looked to them if there were any doubts about anything in the church. I cannot remember a time when I did not have a testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true and living church upon the earth today. As I have been called to serve in any capacity for the church, I always accepted the assignments. I know that through serving, I have grown and learned more about the gospel and about myself. I have also served in the communities where we have lived and tried to be helpful wherever I could. I have worked with children, the youth, and the adults and it has helped me to be a more well-rounded individual. In the community I have worked in the PTA and in scouting. I was a teacher in a children's performing group and a substitute teacher in the public schools for a time. Later I worked in offices as a receptionist and office manager. I feel I was trusted as their employee in handling the monies, payroll, and private information. My husband and I supported four of our children on church missions. I know I have not been a perfect person but I have learned that when you lose yourself in the work, you will find yourself.