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I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a friend. I am a leader. I am a writer. I love to cook. I love to read. I love to craft.
I was born in this church. I have a family legacy full of pioneer stories. I have ancestors who crossed the plains and sacrificed for their religious beliefs and in turn my religious beliefs. But that is not why I am a Mormon. I am Mormon because Families are Forever. I am Mormon because I love my husband, my children, my parents, and siblings so much I want to be with them for all eternity. When I married my husband, the officiant did not say, "till death do you part", no he said, "For time AND all eternity". I know because my Savior came to this earth and atoned for my sins, I can return to my Heavenly Father's presence and be with my family FOREVER. There's nothing that I want more than to be with the ones I love for all eternity.
Prayer is very special to me. It has gotten me through many tough situations. It has helped my husband find a job when the economy was in the greatest turmoil since the Great Depression. Prayer has helped me to be a better mom. Prayer has helped me understand my children and my friend. One particular prayer that I will never forget was when my husband had left town to start a new job. I was 6 weeks away from delivering our 3 baby. He was transferred and had to start immediately. We spoke on Skype every night and spoke on the phone several times a day. But one day inparticular, I was feeling very blue. I felt alone. I felt as though no one had ever been through the same things I was experiencing. But I also knew that because of the atonement my Savior knew how I felt. I got down on my knees and said a prayer. In my prayer I expressed my feelings of loneliness. I talked about how I felt alone in the world and in my trial. And instantly, I was given peace and a feeling that "Jennie you are not alone." I was not alone. I was instantly surrounded with love. I had my Saviors arms wrapped around me and I KNEW that He loves me and that he had felt exactly as I felt in that moment. Prayer brought me peace and comfort in a time when I needed it the most.
I have read the Book of Mormon several times and each time it's different. The most recent time I read it, I was pregnant with my third child, but my second son. As I was reading about these righteous men, I could not help but think that this book is a map about how to be a good parent. I could not help but think about how God is the perfect parents. I wanted my sons and daughter to grow up to be righteous and make wonderful decisions. I knew that if I read this book and studied what was written in it, I would be able to parent like I should. To me, the Book of Mormon brought me closer to God because I was able to understand how He shows His love for His children. He wants us all to succeed, just like we want our children to succeed. And if we try to emulate Him, we will be be doing all that we can and he will make up the rest.
I live my faith every minute of every day. I am trying my hardest to raise my three kids to be honest, valiant, trustworthy, and loving. We read the scriptures and say prayers every night. It's important to me that my kids understand the importance of the scriptures and knowing the stories of our Savior. I also work with the youth of the church ages 12-18. I am the President of the Young Women organization. I meet with these beautiful daughters of God each Thursday night for an activity night and then again on Sunday. We're gearing up for the re-dedication of our temple here in Atlanta. The Youth will be able to dance and sing in front of the Prophet. The girls are also getting ready for Girl's Camp. A time when each girl will have the chance to grow her testimony. My faith is very important to me. My faith is not a Sunday only thing for me, it is my life.