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Hi I'm Jen

I'm a working mom with a stay-at-home husband. I love to travel and take photos. My guilty pleasure is spa time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I married in our mid-30's and are now parents to an active toddler. I have a great job, so when our son was born we decided that my husband would stay home while I continued to work. I work in Human Resources for a company whose mission is helping women. Working for a company with such a strong purpose definitely makes it easier to go to work in the morning. I believe in having fun as a family! That could be anything from sprinklers in the backyard to a fun vacation. I love to travel and I'm excited to show my son the amazing and diverse world that we live in.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon when I was ten years old. As I learned from the missionaries, I prayed to know if what they were teaching me was true, and I decided to be baptized. After nearly 30 years as a Mormon, I know that I made the right decision. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought immense purpose and happiness, and has given me peace and hope in difficult times.

How I live my faith

My goal in living my faith is to follow the example of Jesus Christ. One way I do that is by helping others. As Mormons, we have the opportunity to serve in our congregation by sharing our time and our talents. I currently work with our employment program to help those who are unemployed or underemployed, including members of our community who are not of our faith. In the past, I have taught in the nursery, in the children's Sunday School, and in the teen Sunday School. I have also been a leader in our women's organization. Being Mormon gave me opportunities at a young age to lead, speak in public, and learn to set and achieve goals. These skills have benefited me in both my personal and professional life.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jen
I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary in my early twenties. Since I was first generation Mormon, I was the first person in my family to serve a mission. My mom paid most of the cost of my mission. Since she was a single parent with two other children at home, some members of my congregation offered to assist with the expenses. The money went toward my housing, food, etc. for eighteen months. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have been a missionary, teaching those who were interested more about our beliefs, and doing community service. My mission was one of the greatest learning and growth experiences of my life. Show more Show less

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?

Jen
It's important to understand that the priesthood does not give men power. Rather, it allows men to use God's power to bless and serve others. Men hold the priesthood and serve in certain leadership positions because that is what God has revealed. The Mormon church has a lay ministry. The men and women who are asked to serve in leadership positions are unpaid volunteers who serve in that position for a limited period of time. There is no "career path" for leaders in the Church. A man who serves as a bishop (leading an entire congregation) might find that his next assignment is to teach the toddlers in the nursery. Both male and female leaders work together to serve the congregation and help bring people closer to Christ. Show more Show less