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Hi I'm Jill Sarene

I'm a divorced mom of 4 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was married for almost 14 years and my fourth child was only a few months old when my then husband decided being married to me was too hard. Of course, the story is much more complicated than that and involves years of struggling with mental problems, but my life is not about my past, though it has helped to shape who I am today. Being a single mom is not easy. I feel I never rest. My kids are involved in many different activities, and sometimes I feel like I do nothing but drive up and down my street all day long. My kids are 15, 13, 9 and 3. I am 36. I also own my own business that I do out of my house. Financially, we are struggling, but the Lord has blessed us to be able to live within our means. Three years ago, I married a man who has 3 children of his own and together we are working together to blend our families. It is hard work and a whole different set of challenges. I am so grateful I have my faith to strengthen me and give me hope. My faith comforts me when I feel discouraged and alone, it gives me direction when I feel lost and confused, it helps me to love others and have charity and compassion when I get too focused on myself. And when I do that, I feel such gratitude for the blessings and happiness that are in my life!

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel has always been a strong and central part of my life, but my faith literally carried me through the difficult times leading up to, during and after the divorce. Through priesthood blessings, I was able to understand more clearly how to proceed and to receive confirmations that the Lord was pleased with my efforts to live righteously. I also gained promises that I could hold to when things seemed hopeless. My Patriarchal Blessing was and is a great strength to me. I know the Lord is aware of me and my family and our particular situation and challenges. I have a deep testimony that he cares about the things that are important to us, but he is also shaping us to become like him and to be prepared to be with him again. I know this life is about learning to overcome our own temporal desires and turn our hearts to him. Having faith in him, means believing that though we don't know all things, he does. He knows the beginning from the end. And he wants us all to be happy. He wants me and my family to be happy. When I truly believe that, it is not hard to put my trust in him.

How I live my faith

Currently, I have been called to teach in the Relief Society, which is the women's organization in the church. I am not naturally a good teacher, but I have really seen myself grow as I have studied and taught the gospel. I believe that it is often through our callings that the Lord makes our weaknesses into strengths.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jill Sarene
We believe the family is eternal. We also believe that baptism is a necessary ordinance for salvation. Just as Christ was able to pay the price of our sins through the Atonement, we are also able to do proxy work for our deceased ancestors. Baptism is the first ordinance in a series of ordinances performed for our dead in Holy Temples. Another very important ordinance that is performed by proxy for our ancestors is the sealing ordinance. We believe families can be linked forever. That husbands and wives can have marriages that continue after death. Death is not the end. Children can be sealed to parents. This is our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness: that we can be together forever. We make covenants during marriage, that if kept, enable us to continue to enjoy that relationship. We believe returning home to Christ with our families is the greatest gift God can give us. We are not meant to be alone and we do not want to be saved alone, but saved with our families. A family is far more than just mother, father and children, it extends to our ancestors and extended family and beyond. In essence, we all belong to the family of God. We are all children of our Heavenly Father, brothers and sisters. No one is alone. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Jill Sarene
Faith in Christ is to believe that he is who he says he is. He is all-knowing. He is compassionate. He is able to save us from our sins. He has the power to help us overcome our weaknesses. He loves us perfectly. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He wants us to be happy. He knows better than we do what will make us happy. He knows the beginning from the end. He knows our potential and how to help us reach it. That usually means going through difficult times. Faith means we believe that he will be all these things to us personally, especially through the difficult times. This belief enables the Lord to bless us with strength to overcome and we will gain a feeling in our hearts that he is there and that he loves us. True faith requires action. We must often take a few steps into the dark before we can see the light. The light has always been there, even if we haven't always been able to see it. Show more Show less