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Hi I'm Jeri

I grew up in a small town called Sugar City, Idaho, and I love it there. I study Communication. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a big family as the second-youngest child. My family is mostly girls, so we watched a lot of Jane Austen movies and other uplifting chick flicks. My parents are in the process of adopting two children they currently have full legal custody of. They are age three and one. The youngest biological child is twenty, so it's quite a gap. I am in school studying Organizational Communication and Advocacy, but my passion is the arts. I teach beginning piano and violin, I sing whenever I feel inclined to, and I dance any time I get the chance. I also love going to plays, especially musicals. I grew up in a small town, and I knew every person in my graduating class. I grew up right in the middle of extensive farm land, but my dad was a college professor and coach. So, I don't know anything about farming.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to grow up in the church, but I realized at a young age that I was going to be faithful. I have studied and prayed my whole life so that I could increase my faith and my testimony. The church is more than a nice activity to do on Sunday. It's a way of life that brings great happiness in a world that is increasingly unhappy. We have a prophet who guides us. He speaks from God, and God knows exactly what we need for peace and safety in the world. The church has the full truth that answers difficult questions and gives us firm standards to live by when the world's views and ideals are always changing and crumbling. God is aware of all of us. He wants us to be happy. I have seen the unhappiness that comes from disobedience to God's commandments, and I am humbled and grateful that I have never had to experience such bitter pain because of the standards I was taught to live by. The Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, not only allows us to repent but to change and become more like Him. We have the potential to become perfect because Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to try again and to change, grow, and progress despite our imperfections. That is good news. I wish everyone in the world new it.

How I live my faith

Right now I have an assignment to teach the 11-year-old children in church. I like to participate in the ward choir as often as I can, and I have done many musical numbers during the Sunday service with my sisters or my students on the piano or violin or vocally. The church also has a great program in place for the women. It is called visiting teaching. I have been assigned to a partner and together we visit three women within our ward boundary; we usually share an uplifting message and a friendly conversation at least once a month, but the goal is to be a friend to those you visit teach. (A ward is a gathering of saints within a specified geographical area.) This program allows me to meet new people in my ward, and most importantly, it aims to make sure everyone has a friend and that no one is left alone.