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Hi I'm Jennifer Ann

About Me

I am married with three children. I used to be a teacher of Elementary School but now I stay at home so I can teach my own children. I studied Psychology at college and continue to love learning. Everything I learn confirms the presence of a loving Father in Heaven who created this world with a plan for us to have joy eternally. I believe that God wants us develop and learn all we can while on this earth and so my interests are many. I love reading, sewing, drawing, sculpting, swimming, hiking, traveling, learning other languages, dancing, cooking (and eating!), gardening, architecture and interior design, writing, science, puzzles, music, and theater. I enjoy spending time doing anything creative!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the Church of Jesus Christ. My father also grew up as a member of the church but my mother was baptized the year before I was born. Just because I was raised by active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints does not mean that I blindly accepted all I was taught. I am a curious person and like to question things. Even as a small child of three or four years, I needed to know why things were the way they were. I remember asking my parents what would happen after I died, who was Heavenly Father's father, questions about the creations of this world and the universe. My parents' answers always felt right and if they didn't know the answer, they taught me that my Heavenly Father knew everything and if I asked Him, He would answer me. And He always has. As a child I never doubted that God was there and that He loved me and listened to me as I prayed. I knew that Jesus was my savior and my help. I knew it as I knew that the sun would rise each morning and I recognized evidence of His love all around me. As a young adult, I came to a point where I needed to know for myself if all I had been taught in church was true. Was I following the true and complete gospel of Jesus Christ? Everything I learned in church made sense to me but I needed it confirmed by the Holy Spirit of my Father in Heaven. One night I prayed and prayed. I do not know how long I was on my knees. As I questioned all I had ever believed, I felt empty and afraid. When I was in the depths of confusion and fear, suddenly I felt a light fill my soul. My room was dark but it felt like it was filled with light. I felt the most perfect sense of peace and love I have ever known. I was left feeling calm and I knew that I was loved. I know that my Heavenly Father answered me that night. As I have lived my life, I have had trials and felt pain and illness but His love guides me and supports me through it all. The doctrine I learn in His Holy Scriptures and at His church give me the same feeling of peace and love. I have read the Book of Mormon and Bible many times and feel the same peaceful feeling.

How I live my faith

I currently teach an early morning class for high school students. The class is called early morning seminary. Each year we focus our study on a different book of scripture. Last year we studied the New Testament. This year we are studying the Book of Mormon. I love teaching and learning from the youth who willingly get up hours before school to study the gospel. Their insights enrich my understanding of God's plan. I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve in this way, even though it means waking up at 5 AM so that I can be at the church by 6 AM every weekday. I like helping the missionaries teach those who are interested in learning about the church and sometimes I get to help translate for those who speak other languages. I've served as a missionary for 18 months. I also have played the piano for church and taught different church classes.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Jennifer Ann
Yes, Mormons believe in equality of men and women and practice this equality in their daily lives and service in the church. Mormon women are talented, educated, loving and nurturing women who are frequently taught of their divine nature in church meetings. Though we believe that men and women are of equal worth and value, we do not think it is necessary to be the same. It seems funny to me that in a society where people claim to be tolerant of differences in race and culture, that they try to homogenize the differences between men and women instead of celebrating and valuing those differences. Just as every single child of God has unique talents and gifts, the genders of men and women have different, yet equally important, skills and strengths. When men and women work together while recognizing their difference, they are more effective, stronger and accomplish more good works. Show more Show less