We are excited to announce Jena Peterson and her husband Todd will be joining us at the Hearth. Jena is a Gay Mormon who will give her personal insights and experiences regarding her sexuality and the Atonement, the perfect love of our Savior, and learning to draw on the power and depth of the infinite Atonement. Her husband Todd will also share part of his journey in being the spouse of a gay woman and his experience in supporting LGBTQ individuals. Together they have become a voice of love and compassion as they continually raise awareness for the LGBTQ Mormon Community. We hope you can join us!
Jena Peterson is happily married to the loving and patient Todd Peterson and together they have three children. Jena owns her own practice as a life coach, (Authentic Life Coaching) primarily working with LGBT individuals and their families. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human services. She is also currently serving as a region co-chair for Affirmation and runs a Lesbian support group at Encircle in Provo, Utah. Jena also works as a mentor for troubled youth at New Haven RTC. Her past experience includes teaching high school, EFY counselor, softball coach, motivational speaker, and facilitator for empowering teen spirit programs. She also served an LDS mission in New Zealand where she developed a deep love for the people and the New Zealand Culture. She loves to snowboard, wakeboard and water ski, play basketball and softball. She also loves spending time with family and friends. Jena finds joy in just about anything she does and loves to laugh. Through her life experiences, serving a mission, and personal studies, Jena has gained a great love for the savior and His Atonement. She exudes happiness and love in all that she does, especially in the LGBT community. Jena understands who she is in God’s plan, has accepted her sexual orientation as a gift, and looks forward to a happy life in whatever capacity that looks like.
Todd is currently working fulltime as an account manager for MilliporeSigma. He has a background working in the life science field, with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Todd served an LDS mission in Los Angeles, where he quickly became a fan of any LA team. Todd is also very active and loves skiing, water sports, playing golf, softball, and basketball. He loves spending time with his family camping or just every day activities. Through his mission, college, and life’s experiences, he’s been blessed with opportunities to meet and work with many LGBT people. He’s become a strong ally and advocate for them and many other marginalized individuals.