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Hi I'm Jennie

I'm a wife, a stay at home mom (who's on the go), a philanthropist, a special needs advocate, a chocoholic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to my high school sweet heart. We've been married for 18 years and have four beautiful children. Our second child has a rare chromosome disorder called 7q11.23 duplication. We enjoy the outdoors, movies, yummy food, spending time with family and having fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe I am a daughter of God. I know I lived with Him before I came to this earth. I know He loves me and knows my name, my individual circumstances, and the challenges I face every day. I know when I pray to Him, He hears me. I know and believe Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I know Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon and that it's a record of ancient people. I know the Book of Mormon is here to teach, instruct, and help our civilization know of God and return to Him. I know my Savior, Jesus Christ died for me. I know that through His atonement I can be made whole. He truly makes up the difference for me. I know if I'm doing everything in my power to follow the teachings of our Savior, my efforts will be enough. He helps me when I'm weak. He helps me when I feel I can no longer endure. He brings me peace when my heart is troubled and He hears me when I'm not sure about my next step. I know that through living the teachings of the Gospel and following my Savior's example, I can return to live with Him some day. I know my family can be together forever and that the relationships I enjoy here on this earth will be perpetuated beyond the grave.

How I live my faith

My faith impacts every aspect of my life. My relationship with my Heavenly Father influences my choices and day to day activities. My testimony of the gospel and it's teachings are a compass for me and a guide in my life. I currently serve in our church's Women's Organization. I also visit and teach three women from our neighborhood. In the past I have also worked with the children and teenagers in our church.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

When we are baptized, the Holy Ghost becomes our constant companion. He helps us to make good choices and comforts our broken or saddened hearts. The Holy Ghost can also testify to us of the truth of doctrine. We feel the Holy Ghost in our lives through feelings - whether it be goosbumbs, a warm feeling, a feeling of peace, and calmness about a choice, thoughts in our mind, or through the words of others. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

I donate 10% of my family's increase (or wages) to my local church unit. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Missionaries pay for their own missions. They can either have help from their parents, save their earnings from previous employment, or relatives or friends may help them pay their expenses. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

We should have faith in our Heavenly Father. We are his children. He knows us and loves us. We also should have faith in Jesus Christ. He is our older brother. He died for us. Through His sacrifice, we can all be made whole and return to live with our Father in Heaven again. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or a Mormon, brings me peace, joy, happiness, safety, fulfillment, contentment, satisfaction, security, hope, knowledge, and blessings. By being a member of the church and trying to live gospel principles, I know I am doing what my Heavenly Father wants me to do. I know I was sent to this earth to receive a body and to be part of a family. While we are here on earth, we are tested and have trials in our life, but I if I follow my Heavenly Father's plan for me, I will be able to see my Father in Heaven again and be with my family forever. Because I have this knowledge, I also want to share it with others through missionary work. Some people may think being a Mormon restricts you to a certain lifestyle and takes away choices. When in actuality, my lifestyle gives me freedom and power. When I follow principles taught by Jesus Christ, I'm not weighed down by the consequences that come from sin. While I still have trials in my life, I also have happiness and a sure knowledge of my Father in Heaven's love for me and for my family. Show more Show less