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Hi I'm Jennifer

I love my family, all things creative, and American Sign Language. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent the first few years of my life living overseas as my father taught English as a Second Language, but I mostly grew up in Utah. I graduated from BYU in Provo, Utah, with a BA in Humanities. I am married to my best friend in the world and we have three children. In college, I loved my Humanities-related classes, but my passion was American Sign Language. I worked with ASL and the Deaf for several years before having children. I put that passion on hold to find a new one--my children. Now I am becoming involved with ASL and the Deaf once again now that my children are older, and I love it so much! My other passions relate to my family. I love making and then preserving memories--I love photos, journals, and scrapbooks. I love throwing birthday parties and even making creatively-decorated cakes for my kiddos. I like to cook. I absolutely love to travel. My husband and I and our kids lived in Israel for two years, which gave me great opportunities to see amazing places. I like to read great books and poetry. One of my very favorite books is "Mere Christianity" by C. S. Lewis. I really enjoy teaching. I LOVE to laugh. My favorite TV shows and movies are definitely comedies. I am a woman, a friend, a teacher, a listener, a planner, a supporter, a solver, a coach, a writer, a reader, a celebrater, a mother, a wife, and a daughter of God. Of all the things I've learned in my life, the one I know the best is that I can always, definitely, trust God.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church all my life. Most of my ancestors joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (i.e. were "Mormons") shortly after the Church was organized. Their courage and determination to know and find truth and then live it to the fullest is an inspiration and an amazing blessing to me. While I always felt pretty sure that courage like that couldn't be wrong, I wanted that same conviction, that same testimony of truth. As a young adult, I began to appreciate and understand that God communicates with us individually, very personally, through the Holy Spirit, or the Holy Ghost. With practice, I learned how to pray and then receive actual answers to those prayers. I began to understand why God communicates through the Holy Ghost. It's because that spirit-to-spirit answer is like nothing else. It teaches you with a clarity that nothing else can match. And it's hard to forget. You might forget what you read or something you used to know, but the Holy Spirit's touch leaves a sort of a fingerprint on your soul that you always remember. It's how I can say that I absolutely KNOW God lives, loves me dearly, and answers my prayers. It's how I know He cares about how I'm feeling and what I'm doing. It's how I know I can trust Him, even when what he asks me to do is hard or out of my comfort zone. It's how I know that everything will be okay when things feel like they are not okay. It's also how I know for certain that Jesus Christ established a Church when He was on the earth, and that the same Church has been restored, or brought back, today. The Holy Spirit communicates with my spirit, in both my heart and mind when they are open and truly desiring answers, and when I make my spirit still and quiet enough to listen and feel. These things I know mean everything to me because they help me through everything in my life. They give me perspective and peace. They give me hope and happiness. They make me strong.

How I live my faith

I live my faith both publicly and privately. Privately, I live my faith by loving Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and then trying to do what they want me to do. My relationships with them are real. I know the sacrifices that Jesus Christ made for me, and His atonement touches me every day, whether I need forgiveness of sin or I need to know that someone out there knows how I feel; I can turn to Him in either case. I live my faith privately by reading the scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, often, and by praying. Publicly, I participate in my ward, my local church congregation. Right now my calling, or volunteer assignment, is with the young women ages 16-18. I teach them on Sundays and then we meet together for activities one weeknight each week. They are so much fun, and I really love being with them. And I truly love teaching the gospel--it is so pure and so true. I enjoy every lesson I teach the girls. In addition, I am a visiting teacher, as most women in the Church are. That means we care for a handful of other women in our ward, usually about three. We check in on each other, get to know each other, serve and help each other, and once a month sit down together to share a spiritual message. I also have a somewhat unique opportunity to teach or share the gospel because for the past few years I have interpreted (into American Sign Language) the Hill Cumorah Pageant, which is performed in Upstate New York. It's the dramatic representation of events that happened on the American continent from 600 BC-400AD and were recorded in the Book of Mormon. I love the ASL interpreting part, of course, but I also love how the pageant's script gives an overview of the Book of Mormon in just an hour. It's an amazing book, and so many people don't know a thing about it. I love being able to help others learn something! All these services I give are just that--service--and I think it's a pretty great way to spend a life!