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Hi I'm Jenny L

I'm a wife and a mother just trying to do the best I can. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now, my 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son occupy my life, and I love it! My husband is in grad. school and I teach a few piano lessons on the side. I studied vocal performance and childhood education in college have a degree in neither field... perhaps one day. I try to keep education a major part of my life- whether baking new treats (a favorite hobby... especially the taste testing part!) or reading up on what that funny looking bump on my daughter could be. Other hobbies include enjoying the outdoors, photography, sewing, and trying to keep my sanity while my husband finishes his schooling.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in the church, I really made sure that my decision to be a Mormon was my own and not my parent's. My mom and dad are converts and both well, especially my mom faced a lot of opposition from their families when they joined the church. None of the other members of my family joined the church- including my brother and sister. Because of my parent's conversion from Catholicism my dad and the Methodist church my mom, I grew up with a lot of influence from my non-member family. I've attended a country Methodist church many times, and remember quite clearly midnight Mass with my Dad's family. When I was 17, I really began to do a lot of questioning and investigating. I grew up in an area where I was the only Mormon in my school, so I really needed to rely on myself and the Lord to get me through this time of questions. On one hand, I saw my parents and their faith, and on the other I saw the rest of my family and friends at school. I needed to know for myself what was true and where I needed to be. Although I still attended church during this time, it wasn't until the day before my 19th birthday that I received a confirmation that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the Lord's church on the earth. It was that day that I finished reading the Book of Mormon. I remember very clearly sitting in the hammock in my parent's backyard as I read the last page of the Book of Mormon. When I closed, I prayed, and an indescribable feeling came over me. The past two years had been full of questions, and doubts, and in an instant it was replaced with an amazing feeling of peace, calm and certainty. I gained then an unshakable testimony of Jesus Christ- our Savior and Redeemer. It is through his suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, death on the cross and resurrection that allows me-imperfect, inadequate, full of short comings, me- to return to Heavenly Father. I came to know that day, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and, along with the Bible, testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Life since 19 hasn't been easy... not at all! But with my faith, and the restoration of Christ's gospel, life is only hard, not impossible! Grey days hold the promise of sunshine, and the beautiful joys I've experienced have been enhanced through the knowledge that this life is not the end, and that I am loved by God, my Father, and His son, Jesus Christ. 

How I live my faith

Currently I am a teacher in the Relief Society. Relief Society is the Lord's organization for women. It's purpose is to provide service and relief to those around us, strengthen our homes and family, and increase faith and testimony. Teaching provides a wonderful opportunity to get to know other women in the congregation and to learn more about gospel principles. Each month, I also participate in what is called "Visiting Teaching." I go around and visit 3 or 4 women and make sure their physical and spiritual needs are met. Most importantly, I try to live my faith by helping my neighbors and teaching my children in the home. Sometimes I feel like there isn't enough time to look beyond the people I see regularly each week, but I really try to see as Christ would see and hope to do something that would help other people feel as He would have them feel- helped, happy and loved.  

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Jenny L
As far as how to dress for church, we believe in "Sunday best." That usually means shirts with ties or suits for the men and dresses/skirts for the women. We go to church to worship the Lord, and feel He deserves our best and one way to show our respect is through dress. However, Christ turned away none, and we strive to follow Him. If your best doesn't consist of a shirt and tie or dress, it doesn't matter, come anyway! We believe in finding joy in life! And that includes the celebration of holidays and special events! As long as the celebration is of something good and true, we accept it (whether it be a Christian holiday or national holiday). Show more Show less