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Hi I'm Jill Marina Anderson

I was born in Santa Rosa California, and grew up in Sebastopol, and Cloverdale California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Jill. I am one of four children, the second youngest. Two older brothers made my upbringing far from boring. My younger sister has Downs Syndrome and is the best thing to happen to our family. We are so blessed to have her. I've taken one year of college on line for BYUI and plan to major in English. However, if I could take every class I would. I love to learn about anything and everything. I love to read, and can do it all day. I think my mother once tallied up all the novels I'd read (and or listen to) in one year and it came up to over three hundred.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church, but like everyone I needed to figure out its truthfulness for myself. I knew all about everything having to do with the church for having grown up in it, and while I never disbelieved it, saying I did believe it would be a stretch. I was sort of in limbo, relying on the testimony of my parents and friends in the church until last year. I had gone into prayer needing to know for sure if what I grown up hearing was in fact true. (My mother makes homemade foot warmers by putting rice in a fabric bag, and then you microwave it for three minutes and it's nice and warm. -thats important for later.) After reading the scriptures and asking in prayer if they were true, it felt like someone had placed a foot warmer on my chest. The holy Ghost bore witness to me that this was the true church, and everything I'd learned was in fact true. My testimony solidified and is now Iron clad. I'd grown up hearing all these people talk about the moment their testimonies became like stone, and one thing they all had in common, was their one turning point. This was mine.

How I live my faith

My previous calling was ward librarian. I loved that calling because it helped me keep in touch with every class I wasn't in. People would come to me before the classes they taught, and while I was getting the pictures they needed for their lessons, or the books they required, they'd tell me about what they were teaching. I visit teach a wonderful woman named BJ. It seems she's been all around the world. When she tells my teaching companion, Kathy, and me about her adventures, its like we were also there. Helping out in "Mormon Helping Hands" was my way of giving back to my community. And being with my friends during these projects made the work fun.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jill Marina Anderson
There is a saying among the LDS (Mormons), "Every member a missionary." We are told to share the gospel in any way we can anywhere we are, because we want other to know the truth. A church friend I know is brilliant at this because she's constantly brining friends to church and church activities. She is not serving a mission, she's just an excellent friend. Serving a mission is an honor, and a true sign of love to our fellow men. However it is not required. "Missions are voluntary, and missionaries are not paid for their service. Missionaries come from around the world, and they serve wherever the Church calls them." Show more Show less