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Hi I'm Jennifer Bruce

I grew up in the Philadelphia area. I'm and artist, a wife and now a stay-at-home mother. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am a wife and a mother. We have four children a 9 year old boy, a 7 year old boy and a 3 year old girl and a baby boy. We discovered that our 7 year old had Autism when he was 20 months old. Sometimes life takes you in an entirely unplanned journey than you could have ever imagined up for yourself, but it is never the less rewarding and precious. My husband and I love to take trips, photography, and home improvement shows! He's a computer nerd, and I'm a "dabbler". (I have my degree in Theater, but you can catch me trying anything artistic.) I also do custom sewing. Learning to be great parents to our special children has been our greatest adventure!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I feel the spirit every time I read the Book of Mormon. I feel it when I sincerely pray to my Father in Heaven. I feel it when I listen the the Prophet speak to us. I can feel that the prophet's guidance is the word of the Lord to help us through these troubling times. I find comfort and peace in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It helps me stay optimistic in the the face of opposition.

How I live my faith

I know that if I did not live the things that I believe in I wouldn't feel whole as a person. Living our faith means that we will do what right even when it is difficult, or unpopular. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has given me that foundation for making good choices in my personal life. It has also brought me a lot of personal happiness. As a member of the church we are all asked to contribute a little bit of ourselves. Once I served as the ward choir director in my congregation. (I have never had any formal training, I just learned as I went!) Its a little bit intimidating, but I do know that if we fulfill the callings we are given, and try our best, that our efforts will be blessed. I'm glad that I get the chance to develop new talents. I'm glad I got to serve as a full-time missionary to Warsaw, Poland. Today I serve in my local congregation and I serve my family. I have also been asked to visit other sisters in our congregation, and in turn there are sisters that visit me. I really enjoy these associations with other women. They often provide a great perspective on the things that I am going through and I enjoy the friendships that develop because of our regular visits. Basically you try to live like Jesus. You work to become a more generous and loving person, like He is. I have been a member since I was a young girl, and the gospel has been central to every happy moment in my life. I wouldn't trade that for anything!

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jennifer Bruce
The priesthood is the power of God, given to men, to act in his name on the earth. The priesthood is used to serve others and perform ordinances of the gospel, the blessings of which are enjoyed by both men and women. Although women do not hold priesthood offices their power and influence is not in any way diminished. Organized by priesthood power women lead the Relief Society, the Primary Organization (for children under 12), and the Young Women's Organization. Women are called to serve in and sometimes lead in many other capacities including and not limited to: Activities Commitees, the Visiting Teaching Program, Teacher Training, Welfare Program, Geneology and Family History Programs, and Music Commitees. There are innumerable opportunities for women to serve and bless the lives of others through their church service. In the church I have always felt important and cherished. I feel that my contributions are appreciated and needed. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jennifer Bruce
Yes we do. We study the bible during our church services, and during our personal study. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Old Testiment, and that his covenants with the house of Israel are still in effect today. We also study the New Testiment to understand the mortal ministry of the Saviour. Both parts of the Bible contain a wealth of information. We quote the Bible, study it, and so do our children in their classes. We have additional testimony and scripture that we also study, but everything is in harmony with the Bible. The Book of Mormon and the Bible complement each other, and both testify of the divinity of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jennifer Bruce
Missionaries usually like to find out about you and your family. Their message is centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ and how we can be more united and loving in our familes. They will bear testimony about Jesus Christ and the Plan our Father in Heaven has for us. There is a purpose for our life here on earth, and they can share with you their feelings about it. They will answer questions you have, and they will share with you scripture references. They will also offer you a free copy of the Book of Mormon. This wonderful book testifies of Jesus Christ, contains the fulness of His Gospel, and shows how the Lord fulfills his promises to those that covenant with him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Jennifer Bruce
Good question. We believe that when we die physically, that our spirits continue to live! We believe that we will have the same associations as we did in our earthly life. Often we Mormons say the phrase, "Families are Forever." This is because we have a belief and conviction that through marriage in the Temple, performed by one holding the Priesthood authority, we can be united as a family for eternity. Personally, my family is the most important thing to me, so knowing that my babies will always be mine are a great comfort to me. My best friend lost her first two babies in their infancy. It is this doctrine that continually gives her comfort during her trials. She and her husband know that someday they will be reunited with their precious children. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jennifer Bruce
We worship only God, the Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ. I think its better to say that say that we have a profound gratitude for the Prophet Joseph Smith, because we recognize his role in restoring the Gospel in our day. Through Joseph's faith and ministry we enjoy the blessings of the restored priesthood, the translation of the Book of Mormon, and many other eternal truths, which help us understand our relationship to our Heavenly Father. Joseph in my opinion was brave and honest, even in the face of adversity. I can use him as an example in my life to "stand up" for what I believe in. He testified from a sure knowledge that Jesus Christ lives, and that the Lord loves each and every one of us. I can feel that Joseph's testimony is true. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jennifer Bruce
It was a profound moment for me in my life when I really began to understand the power of the Lord's grace for me. Grace saves us. It saves us from our ourselves and our natural tendencies to make mistakes. There is absolutely no way we could return to our Father in Heaven without the Savior's sacrifice. His atonement paid for our sins, and now he extends an open invitation to all of God's children to use it, to repent of our failings, and to come unto him. When I finally understood this I felt a tremendous weight lifted off of me. Before I thought I had to earn this grace, and in a way I was really saying that I had power to save myself. But grace is a gift, and I can show my love and appreciation for it by accepting it, and making the most out of myself. I can show my gratitude for it by trying to do good works and serving my family and community. It is important to remember that even though we can receive his grace, that the kind of person we become during this life will show the Lord how much we truly love Him. Show more Show less