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Hi I'm Jill

I grew up in Michigan. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I converted at age 19.

About Me

I have been a stay-at-home mother to two amazing boys, whom we adopted both at birth. I am also a freelance editor and writer and teach piano lessons. I recently began working in the medical billing industry. I have a BA in French and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and a MA from BYU in English. I have traveled the world. I love to write, play music (piano), read, garden, cook, workout, and explore. I am a huge football fan and am especially proud of my University of Michigan Wolverines. I am a wanderer by nature. I love learning.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a strong Roman Catholic family. My mother was baptized into the Church when I was a teenage after being introduced to it by my stepfather. I could have joined then, but I wasn't ready. I wanted to have a testimony and know it was the right thing to do, so I waited until I was 19 and a sophomore at the University of Michigan. I had a series of severe health and emotional trials in my the that led the sister missionaries to my door. I knew when they began teaching me that it was time. I knew I wanted to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was baptized two months later. I have since been through the temple, served a full-time mission myself, been sealed in the temple at age 31 to my eternal companion, and continued to serve faithfully even though I do not even pretend to understand everything. I walk everyday by faith, trusting in the difference I feel between light and darkness, and relying on the comfort from my Savior and the Holy Ghost. I know God lives. I believe His gospel to be true. I couldn't have found this comfort or knowledge anywhere else except in His church.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a Gospel Doctrine teacher, the adult Sunday school class. I love visiting teaching and ministering to the sisters in my neighborhood whether they are members of the LDS church or not. I have taught youth classes and been a music leader and pianist. I feel like my faith is best lived by doing not talking.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Find us here at Mormon.org. Mormon, or LDS, chapels are listed in the phone book as are the local missionaries for your area. Visit Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City or one of the temple Visitor Centers around the world. Visit LDS.org, the Church's website. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints number in the millions around the world. I know I am willing to talk openly with anyone as long as you are willing to listen with a respectful heart. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

The Book of Mormon teaches us that we are here on Earth to "have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25). Personally, I have found that means that my purpose here on Earth means so much more than being happy. To my family and friends who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I know it looks crazy that I wear sacred undergarments, don't wear sleeveless shirts or dresses or miniskirts, go to Church for 3 hours a week, and don't drink tea and coffee. I have found those things do set me apart. I am proud to stand apart for my beliefs. Being a Latter-day Saint means being different. I do not feel that I am better than anyone else because I am LDS. I have also found I have freedom because of my choice to be LDS. Being an LDS woman means the greatest role I have is that of mother or wife. I love and cherish my family. My family and my knowledge are the only things I can take with me when I die. Howeover, I have an advanced degree and have traveled the world. I work professionally and have my own interests and hobbies. Most of my closest friends are educated, intelligent, professional women who are LDS as well. Being LDS means being a disciple and putting Christ before everything else. I hope if anyone knows anything about me, they know that being LDS to me means serving and loving everyone, even those who look at me like I am crazy. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I want to wear it on my sleeve and want the whole world to know. Show more Show less