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Hi I'm Jodi

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! My name is Jodi. I am married to a great guy, and we have two young daughters. I have a college degree, but I choose to stay home with my girls. It is the most amazing job I could have, and although the monetary pay isn't that great, I love the blessings I receive. Most of the time, my activities revolve around my children, husband and home, but when I get "spare" time, I sure do love to dine out, catch up with friends on Facebook, read, scrapbook, swim,cook, and garden. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and love to find great deals and coupons.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a testimony of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that he lives, and that he loves me! Through his Gospel, I can have an eternal plan of happiness and joy. I know that the Gospel was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true, and along with our current church Prophet and leaders like our Bishop, Stake President and General Authorities, they are here to lead us and guide us. I was not always a member of the church, and my past transgressions led me to be very empty. I didn't know how to plan my future, and always felt like something was missing. When I met members of the church in 1998 at a Mother's Day activity at the nursing home I worked for, I couldn't believe the happiness that they radiated. I did not believe in religion, and could not understand how these people could act and look so truly happy. I asked them why, and they asked me if they could come to my home and teach me about Jesus Christ. I agreed, but only to learn more about the church and not because I wanted to join. From the first time I read a scripture in the Book of Mormon to the first day I attended church at a Singles Branch, I knew I had come to the right place. It felt so right, and the emptiness I had been feeling began to lift. It took me a long time (far too long) to make the necessary changes in my life, and it was not easy. I am now happily married with two small children, and can't imagine living the lifestyle I had before. Although life is not perfect, I feel the peace and joy that comes from knowing that my Heavenly Father has a plan for me, and from receiving countless blessings that come from keeping His commandments.

How I live my faith

In our church, we have "callings" which are basically like jobs. (like preacher, youth pastor, deacon, or organist if you are coming from another church) The difference is that all of our positions, including Bishop, secretaries and pianists, are ALL unpaid. We believe that all of our callings are from God, and we pray to know who will fulfill these callings. Currently, I am serving in the Relief Society, which is an incredible women's charity organization. We help the women in our church with all of their spiritual and temporal needs, from teaching classes in church on Sunday, to having additional meetings monthly in the evenings for the women to fellowship and learn together, to providing for them if they need food, shelter, or a hot meal after surgery or a new baby. I am also a visiting teacher. Every active woman in church is assigned a companion and a list of around 4-8 other women in church (whether they are active in church or not) to contact. Each month, we make contact with these sisters- we try to visit them in person, but if that is not possible we send a card, make a phone call, or leave a message at their door. When we visit them, we share a gospel message and try to get to know our sister on a personal level. We don't stay long, but we try to make sure that she knows that we love her, and that she can come to us with any needs she may have.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Jodi
I didn't grow up Mormon, and looking back at the things that I chose to do with my young adult life, I really wish I had the church's values when I was younger. I made so many mistakes that threatened my freedom and happiness. Many people think that Mormonism is too stict, and they have no freedoms. That is NOT true! We have so much free agency! When we choose of our own volition to do what is right, we gain so many blessings. When we choose to sin and follow Satan, we bind ourselves to the consequences of our choices. There is a difference between happiness and true joy. Sure, maybe a night of drinking and gambling could be fun for awhile, but it most assuredly will not bring you joy. The choices I made before joining the church left me so empty and unfulfilled. Now, I have the true joy that comes from following God's commandments. I love to be with my family. I love to raise my beautiful daughters and spend time with my husband. I love to serve in the church, pray, and feel the Spirit. I enjoy dressing modestly and knowing that men are looking at me for my inner beauty and not for my outward appearrance. (see 1 Samuel 16:7) I am grateful for the Word of Wisdom. I chose to quit smoking and drinking alcohol and coffee because I know that my body is a temple of God. When I take care of my body, I am showing God that I am grateful for what he has given me, and I am making myself stronger and healthier to take care of my children and grandchildren. I love to keep the Sabbath Day holy. I enjoy taking a day to rest, and encouraging others to do the same by not making purchases on Sundays. I love to serve in the church, and do so willingly without expecting to be paid. I have strengths that I try to improve upon and weaknesses I try to fix, one day at a time. I stumble and make mistakes, and get back up and try again. I have a family that I love. I have hobbies and activities in my church and outside of it. I have close friends at church, and close friends that aren't members. Was it easy to make a change from a world outside the church? No way! But was it worth it? YES. You can do it, too, and you will be so happy you did. Show more Show less