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Hi I'm Jill

About Me

I am a 32-year-old mother of one 4-year-old boy and I've been married almost 5 years. I am originally from the Southeastern United States, but moved out West to attend college after serving a mission. I joined the church when I was 18, shortly after graduating from high school. I served a mission as soon as I turned 21! A few months after I returned from my mission, I moved to go to college and graduated in journalism. I am a freelance writer and spend most of my writing time now working on Family Home Evening lessons for an FHE Blog that I operate. It's very rewarding! Other than that, I love to just spend time with my family hanging out, going on drives, swimming or simply just having a movie night at home!

Why I am a Mormon

I have always believed that every person that comes to earth possesses a truth. What that gospel truth is varies from person to person. As a missionary, it was my goal to find out what their truth gift was and build upon that and help them have the fullness of the gospel. For example, for me, I was not raised as a Mormon. I was raised as a Methodist, but unlike the Methodist doctrine of the Trinity, I have always inherently believed, or known, that our Father in Heaven, Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost were three separate individuals. This was my "truth gift." I recognized it when I was in the 6th grade and as I got older, I continued to search for the church that believed like I did. After searching several Christian faiths, this church was the ONLY church that believed how I believed. The first thing the missionaries taught me were that God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost were separate people, but one in the same mission. It wasn't until after I graduated from high school that I met with the missionaries. I had some great examples set for me by members of the church that I was in high school with, had classes with and played sports together. I knew that they had something about that gave them a peace that I could visually see. I wanted to know what it was that made them so happy, made them so good and what made them glow. Everything the missionaries taught me made perfect sense. Of course our Father in Heaven talks to us today. Of course He would want a prophet to lead and guide us in these Last Days. Of course He would have us have temples as they did in ancient times to prepare ourselves to receive eternal blessings and create eternal bonds. I remember taking to heart the challenge found at the end of the Book of Mormon. I had been searching for truth for a long time and I was going to do whatever I needed to do to find the right answers. I had a lot in common with Joseph Smith and how he searched for the truth. I felt much like he did. I remember those very special and sacred times where the Holy Ghost helped me to know that I had finally found Christ's church on the earth. It was my goal from my conversion to be a missionary. During my mission, I was able to help others come to know the truth like I did. Now, it is my sweet son that I hope to help him build a strong foundation on Christ so that he can learn how to obtain his own testimony of the gospel. I know that this is Christ's church. I know that our Savior loves us so much that he prepared a way for this church to be restored in a time when the earth and all of us needed it and even more so today. I am thankful for the Holy Ghost and his sacred mission of helping us recognize truth and feel the comforting arms of our loving Heavenly Father. I am truly grateful for all the scriptures that we have to feast from. I love the Bible. I love the Book of Mormon even more. Both have taught me great stories and principles of the gospel, but the Book of Mormon has literally brought me closer to my Savior. I am thankful for a living prophet. I love to hear the sweet voice and listen to the counsel and teachings. Whenever I hear President Monson's voice, I feel like I am listening to the Savior. His voice is kind, gentle and loving. His teachings are simple, but powerful. I am grateful to know where I came from, why I am here on earth and what happens to me and my family after this life. These beautiful truths are for us to know. I know now that this is why all my Mormon friends in high school were so happy and so peaceful. They knew these things. Our Father in Heaven wants us to have peace and the gospel is that source of peace.

How I live my faith

I am lucky enough to live by one of our beautiful temples. It helps me to reflect daily on the blessings I do enjoy in this life. My husband and I are the nursery leaders in our ward. As nursery leaders, we have the privilege of teaching 18-month-old to 3-year-olds about the simple, beautiful gospel principles. They are so innocent and tender that it truly is such a sweet experience each week. Previously, my husband has helped with the young men and in scouts. I believe he enjoys hanging out with the little people a lot more! I have previously been mostly a teacher...teaching Sunday school and other classes. I love to teach others about the gospel. As you prepare the lessons, you are focused on learning as much as you can and rarely have the chance to share all that you prepare--- but, the preparation of the lessons is what I love the most.

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

The mission of the Holy Ghost, as taught in the New Testament (John 14:26), that he helps to comfort, teach and help us remember. When you actively study the gospel, the Holy Ghost will help you know that what you're studying is true. He will comfort you-- this could be warm feelings, peaceful feelings, you can feel enlightened, you can feel that you've known these principles before. The Holy Ghost can help protect us as well. There are many instances and experiences that people have in their lives, including me, that the Holy Ghost helps to protect us. The Holy Ghost can help those learning about the gospel, recognize that it's true. I can testify to this. As I listened to the missionaries and studied, I could feel the truth of the gospel by the power of the Holy Ghost. After you're baptized, you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost which is truly a divine gift from our loving Father in Heaven to have this master teacher, comforter and protector as our constant companion. Show more Show less