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Hi I'm Jennifer Sanders Peterson

I'm a single mother to four boys, a radio talk show host, a magazine literary director, and a published writer and poet.

About Me

I am happiest when, with my writing, I can make someone laugh, or cry, or laugh till they cry. I am a single mother to my four amazing boys and love helping other women not just endure but thrive during a time in their life they may find themselves single. I ride a long board, am learning to play the ukulele, can bake a mean chocolate cake, and love thrifting vintage dresses.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because, at the age of 12, I read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and the Church and received an undeniable witness that they were true. While I still struggled through my teenage years, being the only active member in my family and largely surrounded by friends who didn't uphold my standards, I always had that witness of truthfulness I'd received to use as a standard for my decisions--I knew if I couldn't recall the feeling of the Spirit I'd had, what I was doing wasn't right. I am a Mormon because I have found all the answers within the gospel and the teachings of the prophets that I couldn't find anywhere I else. I know with a certainty who I am, why I am here, and what I need to do to return to my Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has given me the platform to develop and flourish in my faith amongst the company of fellow believers, and under the guidance of inspired priesthood leaders. Also, as a member, I have direct access to a modern day prophet of God who is able to give divine guidance, warning, and blessings. I know if I stay within the mainstream of the Church and keep the commandments, I have no need to fear. I am a Mormon because, while the world can re-create feelings of anticipation, excitement, and even happiness--it can't reproduce the feeling of peace, peace despite any storms raging within or without me--that I am able to feel so strongly when I read, pray, sing hymns, partake of the sacrament, or participate in temple ordinances.

How I live my faith

Having had times in my life where I've felt so bitterly alone, I try my best to stay as close to the Spirit as possible so I might be sensitive to every opportunity to reach out and help someone who may be feeling the same way. I strongly believe Heavenly Father uses us as his angels on earth, and that even a smile,a hug, or a kind word can make all the difference to someone. I live my faith by creating a Christ-centered home for myself and my children. It can be difficult being a single mother working full-time, but I trust that if I put the Lord first, He will make all things possible. I pray and study the scriptures alone and with my family. I attend the temple. I pay my tithing. I support my boys in their priesthood. I hold Family Home Evening every Monday, make sure we sit down to family dinner every night, and regularly make dates to spend one-on-one time with each of my children. I live my faith by serving in the Church as a Primary teacher, visiting teacher, and in whatever capacity I am called. I live my faith by taking every opportunity I can to share my testimony verbally and especially by the way I live. I work in environments where I am surrounded by extremely talented, world-praised individuals who still mention that there's "something" about me that's different--I give all credit for that to the Spirit and my love of my Savior which shine through me. I fully believe in finding common ground when I discuss the Church, knowing there is good in every individual, regardless of their beliefs.