Jena Peterson

Known as someone who exudes light in all she does, Jena Peterson says her passion for life stems from her love for her Father in Heaven. She actively seeks opportunities to serve and loves to learn and teach about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Jena is married to a wonderful, loving man and has three beautiful children, two girls and a boy.

Be sure to also read Jena's essay, 'Authentic Jena.' Read here

quinn
15 Dec, 2014

Jena, your video is amazing and so are you! Thanks for having the courage to be a voice of hope. You are a shining example to me and I consider myself blessed to counted among your friends!


Julie Lowry
15 Dec, 2014

I loved your video. I am so glad you are at a good place in your life right now. You are such a special daughter to me. You have always had such a strong love of the savior ever since you were a little girl. Through your life you have been an example not only to other people but also to me. I am proud of you for wanting to help others in the same situation that you are in. We love Todd and your kids so much and are so thankful for the great relationship and love you have for each other. I know that sharing your message on this site will continue to heal your heart. Love you so much, Mom


Todd
15 Dec, 2014

Thank you so much for sharing your story! You are amazing!


Alexis
15 Dec, 2014

Jena, thank you for your story and testimony. It takes such courage to share. May you always have the courage to be honest and true to your heart and our loving Heavenly Father. I wish you all the best as you continue forward. Merry Christmas from New England!


Jerika
15 Dec, 2014

I know jena personally and have been lucky enough to see this trial unfold in her life. Jena has one of the strongest testimonies of Christ and his atonement I have ever seen in a person, and what a blessing that she can start to share her story with others that have SGA... As well as with those who don't! Jena has given me so much understanding and made me so much better of a person by not judging others, and loving them for who they are. Knowing jena and seeing her decision to stay in the gospel and live with such a hard thing has strengthened my testimony and I'm sure will have a far reaching positive effect on the gay lds community. Thank you for having the courage to share your story, you are amazing and so loved.


Brian Judy
15 Dec, 2014

Jena, You are a gem! That was a tough video to watch - painful to sense a small part of the burden and struggle you've had, but joyful to see your new clarity and confidence. So glad to see your big smile and quick laugh. To me you've always been strong - almost fearless - and that's true now more than ever. Your example of courage is inspiring - both the courage to be true to yourself and your courageous commitment to live the gospel. Sure love you, Todd and your adorable kiddos!


Barbara
15 Dec, 2014

Jena, Thank you for your honesty with the feelings in your heart. I admire your raw-ness...I feel like I know you. I feel your love. Thank you for sharing yourself with me.


Krista
15 Dec, 2014

This video is so touching. What a blessing to catch a glimpse of your life, intense struggles, and your victories. Thank you for your authenticity and courage. You are a light to so many people!


Holli
15 Dec, 2014

Jena. Loved the video. I am so proud of you. You will touch so many hearts. I love Ya so much. I am so blessed to call you my friend. Love ya girl. Your amazing.


Crystalee
15 Dec, 2014

Jena is a close friend and I have gained so much love and respect for her and Todd and know that she has a deep and personal relationship with her Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so thankful and proud of her for choosing the right and deciding to put The Lord first in her life. She is as down to earth and genuine as anyone you ever meet. She is kind and funny and a great friend. Love you Jena.


Connie
15 Dec, 2014

Jena, I am grateful to have met you and Todd both a week ago, prior to the release of your amazing story today. Your heart is one of gold. You are a valiant soul, and one whom understands what it means to carry the pure love of Christ in your heart at all times. I barely knew any details of your life, prior to watching your story and reading your essay this morning. Your heartache and loss has been immense. I recognize the challenges you have faced thus far, have made you the empathetic, compassionate soul that you are today. I thank you for your courage in coming forward to share your authentic self. I know your example of doing so, will allow others to see the importance in doing so too, no matter the differences in everyone's personal journey. You have truly inspired me to step up at some point in the near future, to also share my journey with those who feel challenged in some way. Thank you for your friendship. You are truly a beautiful child of God, and a blessing to my life.


Carrie
15 Dec, 2014

Jena, I am so touched at listening to your story. You have overcome much, yet have relied on your faith to get you through. I truly admire your courage and strength, despite your pain. I know your story will strengthen many. Much love to you.


Brooke
15 Dec, 2014

Jena and Todd, I deeply admire your strength and support for one another. You are both incredibly selfless and an amazing example to me and to everyone who can hear your story. Thank you for your courage to share such a personal story to help others, whatever their trial may be.


Lesley
15 Dec, 2014

I am so happy for you that you finally have a voice. So many years of pain, and hiding the true you have diminished. You are an amazing person Jena. You have such a deep love for the Savior and His atoning sacrifice. You are such an example to me of love, faith, courage, sacrifice, friendship, authenticity, acceptance, hard work, and hope. I have also gained an extreme respect for Todd while watching you two work through this. I think you're both amazing, and am blessed to call you my friend. You will change lives!! Keep up the hard work and faith! Xoxo


Beth
16 Dec, 2014

Jena, thank you so much for sharing your story. Voices of Hope has given me and my family just that...hope!


Jenn
16 Dec, 2014

I am so proud of you, my friend! I agree with all the sentiments expressed here, you are an amazing woman and I know you will change lives and touch hearts through your example and faith. It's is my greatest hope that you can find peace and overwhelming happiness as you move forward in your journey. Thank you for sharing the authentic you and for being a bright life in my life! You and Todd are truly two of the greatest people I know and I admire you for the love you have for each other and your commitment to the Gospel and our Savior. I know you will change lives for the better with your story. Love you!


Courtney
16 Dec, 2014

Jena, You amaze me! I am so proud of where you are in life and that you can finally feel whole. You are certainly someone I look up to and one of my best friends. This has definitely been a journey, but you have come out on top. Your testimony of Christ and the Atonement strengthens me in my own trials in life. You have helped me to become a better person. Thank you for your example and courage to be a voice of hope for so many others. You have already impacted many lives and I believe you will continue to impact many more lives through your obedience and faith. You have been blessed with such an awesome husband and beautiful children. I love you guys. I am so lucky and blessed to be your eternal sister. I love you so much!


Dani Taylor
16 Dec, 2014

Jena is amazing! I've known her since she was a child. She is one of the strongest people I know with a testimony that is beyond strong! Thanks for sharing Jena!


Nikki
16 Dec, 2014

Jena, What a brave thing to do. I only know you through friends and church but I think you are an amazing person. Your inner light truly does shine through in your testimony and account of your personal experiences. I know you will help others because that seems to be who you are. :)


Kelli
17 Dec, 2014

Tears flowed as I watched your story. You and Todd are beyond incredible. I know the Lord will bless you and your family for your courage and sacrifice. Thank you for your example to me and the world.


Laurie Campbell
20 Dec, 2014

Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is filled with emotion, pain, struggle, victory, inner peace, and, especially, the spirit.


Andrew Lowry
23 Dec, 2014

Hey Jena! Thanks so much for sharing your story!! I am proud to call you my sister and hope that I can gain a portion of your unconditional love you have for people. You are such an inspiration to me and to others. You know that I love all of you completely. You are going to go far and help so many people with your example and wonderful testimony. I love you Jena!


Sarah
23 Dec, 2014

What a gem. I watched the whole thing and had tears streaming down my face. The spirit was so strong and I'm so grateful of her example of FAITH and in the atonement. To be a beautiful and righteous servant of faith is something we are all striving for, no matter our own individual trials. Having such an incredibly hard, heart wrenching and internally conflicting trial has got to be super intense and I can only imagine it would be the hardest thing to go through but Jena must've been one the strongest spirits to come to earth, to have raised her hand in the pre-mortal, and told the Father that she will have that trial of same gender attraction on this earth, well, we should all want to be as righteous. Thank you for your story Jena. You're a beautiful servant of The Lord and a shining example to us all.


Dc
2 Jan, 2015

ive watched several of these videos now; each very touching. the rawness and vulnerability are inspiring. my family is moving through a journey that is similar and it comforts me to hear these stories shared. thankyou.


Renee Williams
20 Jan, 2015

Wow Jena, what a powerful story. I wanted to hug you as I listened. I listen to these stories and an just so moved by your level of faith....It is truly, truly, inspiring. Bless you to have the Isaacs and strength and love to carry on. Bless you both! Thank you again for being so open.


Johnny
14 Feb, 2015

Thank you so much for your courage and your Christlike example, Jena! You've givem me greater hope that I can reconcile my faith with my feelings!


Estelle
22 Feb, 2015

Thank you for doing this. There aren't many voices that I know who experience SGA and are married in the church, and the fact that you've made it work is awesome, thanks for being a voice for other people who suffer the way you do.


Mike
6 Mar, 2015

Jena. Thank you for sharing your testimony and light despite the many challenges you have faced/ are facing in life. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult the road has been, yet I sense that you have found true strength in your family, friends, a support system and in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. How fortunate to understand the Atonement at a deeper level and to appreciate more fully how the wrongs in life are/ will be righted through His sacrifice. I am humbled and my heart is heavy for you. Thank you again for sharing, especially since there is someone who I love struggling with the same challenge of same-sex attraction in the Church.


Dan
10 Jun, 2015

Jena, Wow! What an uplifting story. You are amazing to me! Thank you for sharing your story. It gives me strength and helps me understand some people that I ahve in my life. Keep going, and stay strong. I wish I could give you a hug. You have a lot of courage.


Trin
7 May, 2017

Jena, thank you, thank you for sharing something so deeply close to your heart. Your story is both heartwrenchingly emotional and inspiring. What you said about feeling like you're choosing between two "hearts" puts into words something I've been thinking about for a while now, and it's wonderful to see how you have reached a place of feeling peace. You give me hope.



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