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Hi I'm Jena

I grew up in Utah and love it! Surprise - I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful man for eternity and have 4 children. Every extra minute I have I spend with my family, we like to go camping, four wheeling, my husband and I go on Harley rides, gardening, reading uplifting books and listening to uplifting music. I love the great outdoors it's so relaxing to get outside and breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the beauty God has created for us!

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born to active Mormon parents. However as I grew older I didn't always make the best choices. Eventually I became inactive for about 10 years. Fortunately about 2 years ago my daughter started attending primary and wanted to be baptized. Since we had not been to church for quite awhile our Bishop suggested that my daughter take the missionary lessons. This was a humbling experience for me. I didn't feel worthy to listen to the lessons, and guilt of being a bad example to my children began to take over me. As the lessons progressed so did my testimony of the church, and importantly my testimony that Joseph Smith was a true prophet called of God. Once the missionaries had finished the lessons and my daughter was ready to be baptized, I too felt that I had been baptized again! They say that once a person has truly been converted or "baptized by fire" (figuratively speaking) their testimony becomes stronger and truth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints confirmed - I can now say that I have been baptized by fire. The burning I felt the day she was baptized, eliminated any doubts of myself as a Mother and a child of God. I'm a Mormon because I have felt the burning within that doing what I am today is the right choice.

How I live my faith

I try my best each day to live with Jesus Christ in my thoughts and actions. I'm not perfect by any measure, I just try my best to at least think once a day of what Jesus would do in my situation. If it's at work or home or even just grocery shopping. I try to be a good example to my children and teach them to think and act how Jesus would in their situations. Life is not a bed of roses and we all have thorns along the way, it's how we learn from those thorns that bring us closer to Heavenly Father and desire to live his commandments. I love to study the scriptures! I want to absorb as much information as I can before I move onto the next phase of my spiritual life. :

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jena
Absolutely NOT. We help everyone that is in need.Unlike what you may hear from people who may have had a negative experience as a non-Mormon as a child or an adult, MOST Mormons help everyone. I grew up in Utah, so yes it was easy being a Mormon here because your neighbor usually was a Mormon and it would seem or look like we only helped each other. However having a father that was a Bishop I saw more help go out to non-Mormons and inactive people than any other. I always hear from non-Mormons that when they were a child growing up the Mormon kids wouldn't play with them. But I have to say on the contrary, when I grew up there were kids that I couldn't play with because their parents wouldn't let them play with me because I was Mormon. Need is need and help is help, it doesn't matter what religion, color, country, language, whoever you are the Mormons help everyone that needs help. If I saw a child drowning and I knew they practiced a different religion would I just walk on by - NO WAY, it's not human to do such things! We are all created equally in the eyes of God. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jena
I believe that you first need to have a desire to want to know that it's true. Then go straight to the source - ask Heavenly Father in prayer. If you have faith and the desire to know then you're ready to ask him. This is something that only you can find out for yourself, no one can tell you other than what they have experienced and can testify. I had to do this very thing myself, after relying on my parents testimony for so many years I never really had one for myself, until I had the desire to know, then I knew the only one that could confirm the answer for me was Heavenly Father. The answer I received was with out a doubt it's true. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Jena
We have always had the Bible, and it's a very important piece to Heavenly Fathers plan. However, the Book of Mormon is a revelation for us in these latter days. In order for Joseph Smith to restore those things lost on earth he needed to translate the Book of Mormon in which the priesthood was restored as well. Previous to the restoration, man began to misuse, abuse, and even pervert the priesthood powers, so Heavenly Father removed it's original ordinance from earth. I have heard this time called the Dark Ages, during this time there was pestilence, sickness, and death. No one seemed to have faith or hope any longer because the priesthood was no longer here to help them. Without the restoration of the gospel the priesthood would not have been restored and we would not have those powers to act on Jesus Christ behalf to bless and heal those in need, physically and spiritually. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jena
I think this is by far the most common question asked about Mormons. The answer is yes. We have a living prophet who over sees the church but Jesus Christ our Savior is the one at the head of it. So does having Jesus Christ as our leader make us Christians, yes it does. Every scripture that is read, every lesson that is taught is centered around Christ, always and forever. Show more Show less