Hi I'm Jan
Hi there! I'm a wife of 40+ years, a mother to six children and a grandmother to13. I love to hike with my husband and we both have a love for gardening . I love working with people and with children and have worked in the mayor's office in my city. I also love to travel. As a teenager, I spent a full summer traveling around 13 countries in Europe. Recent trips have taken me and my husband to Thailand and the eastern US. I love reading history and biographies. Music is a major part of our family's lives, whether singing or playing an instrument or listening.
Why I am a Mormon
At age18 and heading to college, at my request, my dad agreed to be taught by the Latter Day Saint or Mormon missionaries. I had been baptized into the church at age 10 but my parents were not very interested in going to church with me. While sitting in on the missionary discussions with my dad, I was so touched by their message of hope and love from the Savior, that I decided to start going back to church. It was the greatest decision for good I have ever made. Soon after, I met my future husband. We have had many trials, including children born with physical problems and a still born baby daughter, but through all of these trials, our Savior and his love has given me all the strength to endure with faith. The Book of Mormon along with the Bible, gives me hope and faith that keeps me moving forward in a positive way. Life can and will be hard, but this restored true gospel has given me a deep love for the Savior and how he has worked with me to get me through. He is the literal Son of God and knows me and my hurts and pains and my joys. He will be there for me if I ask Him to help me and if I repent of those things that I need to be doing better. As the prophets of the Old and New Testaments, we have a prophet today that gives us guidance from our Heavenly Father, to keep us safe, if we obey His Commandments. I know that I have been blessed by living the Commandments the best I can. The Savior is the center of my life and as I learn of him and do his will, he strengthens me so that I can serve others, as he would do. Even though I continue to have trials, I have peace that the Savior gives me and he helps me every day. The Savior is the center of my faith. He is my anchor and I will always try to do his will. He is my Redeemer and I know that I will see him again. I know that he loves me!
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
We have regular family prayer. When there are so many "voices" in the world, we try to tune those voices out and call on Heavenly Father to listen to our concerns, thank Him for all our blessings, ask Him to bless us as we strive to do what is right, and ask for continued guidance in making decisions. We attend church each Sunday. We draw strength from the Spirit that comes as we partake of the Lord's sacrament each week. It helps us to remember who we are and why we are trying to emulate the Savior. It helps us to become better people, citizens, and saints in the Lord's kingdom. We take time to read the scriptures each day also. They are a safe road map to get through all life's experiences in a positive way. It helps us understand more of what the Lord wants us to be doing with our lives.
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
I have had some serious trials, and when no one can understand because they have not gone through what I did, the Savior knows and understands. He has felt all of my pains, sufferings, yearnings and joys and knows how to comfort and assist me in getting through all things. The greatest blessing for me is believing in His atonement and I know it is for all of God's children. Through these trials, I have felt Him with me and the comfort and strength that comes is nothing that the world can give. Then, once I get back on my feet, I can then help others the way the Savior would do. We are his hands and my service to others has strengthened me and those whom I serve. I have been kept from danger and temptation as I rely on His unconditional love and try to follow His example. Our family supports each other with love, as we strive to work together as the Savior would want us to do.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
Each one of us is part of a family. If we know about our families, we can understand them better and learn to love them more. We can understand ourselves better too. If we have a sense of belonging in a family, we are happier and more able to help others. The family is the most important unit here on earth and it is most important to our Heavenly Father and our eldest brother, Jesus Christ. If we can be together forever, we must accomplish this in the Lord's way, and that is for each one of us, to be given the opportunity to be with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again. As I put my "family puzzle" pieces together, I know that my love for them grows.
How I live my faith
What is the symbol of my faith? It is how I live my life according to how the Savior would have me live. I am his hands and what I do speaks louder than words. I am actively participating in my ward or congregation. My husband is the bishop of our ward and I help with ward activities-dinners, talent shows, community service, visiting the sick and lonely. I am also a Visiting Teacher. Each month, I visit along with a partner, 3 women of our ward, in their homes, to assist them in coming closer to Christ, by giving them a message of encouragement and hope that is scripture based, and helping them with life situations. To truly love one another like the Savior loves us, we need to really know others by serving them. Each day I have a chance to show the Lord that I love him by doing what he asks me to do and that is love one another as he has loved us. Our children are all now grown and away from home, but our faith helps keeps us close. We pray for one another and let each other know it, so that they can feel that love. We partake of the Sacrament of Christ each Sunday and by doing, renew our covenants or promises that we made when we were baptized. Our neighbors know that we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and they have trust in us as we have served them in different ways.