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Hi I'm Jenny Powell

I'm a Mormon. I am Mom. I am a wife. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I love my life!

About Me

I grew up in sunny Southern California, near the beach and Disneyland! I had a wonderful childhood with many great memories! After high school I moved to Southern Utah to attend Southern Utah University. It was my first time moving ever!! It was a little scary to go from a big urban area to a little town in Utah. Going to SUU was one of the best decisions I ever made because I met my future husband there. We married in June of 1996 in the Los Angeles, CA temple. I loved that day! After we were married we moved to Provo where Bryant my husband could attend BYU and get his MPA. I attend the University of Utah where I earned my BS in Family and Consumer studies. After college we moved to San Antonio, TX where Bryant worked for the City of San Antonio in the Budget office and I worked at the Univeristy of Texas San Antonio. We loved living there and our first daughter Audrey was born there. After being there for 3 years we felt it was time to move to AZ where Bryant grew up. We have now lived here for 11 years. Bryant has enjoyed working for the City of Apache Junction during that time. Our family grew as well we now have three beautiful daughters Audrey, Lauren and Kendall.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 8 years old I was baptized by our home teachers son who was 16 at the time. I knew at that tender age that I felt something special about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At that time that I was baptized my Mom had been less active for over 15 years and had been seperated from my non-member Dad for 3 years but she knew the church was true and with the help of our dedicated home teachers I was baptized. Over the next couple of years we attended church periodically but something changed in my Mom and she decided that occasional attendence to church was not enough she was ready to return to full activity. I feel that her making that one decision had the greatest impact on my life. When I was 11 my Mom went to the temple for the first time, and I knew when I saw her after she had been that the church is TRUE! I could see that she was happy, and had a great peace within her. My testimony continued to grow as I attended Young Women, I knew that the Young Women values and what they represented was the type of person I wanted to be. At times growing up in Southern California it was tempting to make a wrong choice but I knew that someday I wanted to be married in the temple and so I always tried to live my life so that one day I could go to the temple and be married and sealed and have a forever family! Heavenly Father did bless me with a wonderful husband who loves the Lord and who loves the gospel, I now have a forever family and I am so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who knew my greatest desire! I have a testimony that this church is true that Joseph Smith prayed at the age of 14 to know which church was true, and when he prayed he recieved the answer and then went on to restore the gospel on the earth again. I know the Book of Mormon is true and the words are true. I am thankful for our living prophet today President Thomas S. Monson. I know that our Savior loves us and died for us so that we could live again.

How I live my faith

My calling in the church at this time is to teach the sunbeams (3-4 year olds) in primary. My class is all girls and they are so much fun! I love the simplicity of the lessons that I teach on Sunday, they are so basic yet teach the gospel and the children have come to know and learn that they do have a loving, kind, Heavenly Father and Savior. I try to be a good example to those around me, I love to be outside and to visit with my non-member neighbors and to feel of their goodness and love as well. I have met so many great people in the community who want to do good in the world. I am thankful that my husband who works for our city has been able to provide many oppurtunites for our youth and adults in our stake to participate in city sponsored activities and events. Getting out in the community and being involved with non-members allows others to get to know who we are on a personal level, and I love that! I am so thankful to be a Mom and to help them live the gospel and to show them how to serve, even in the smallest, simpilest ways! This year our family has been saving our change and was able to save over $100.00 we decided as a family that we would donate that money to a local domestic violence shelter for those women who could not afford to buy Christmas gifts without that donation. I just try to live how Heavenly Father would want me to sometimes I fall but he's always there to help me back up!