Hi I'm Jane
I live in Central Scotland, I am 35 years old, and the most important thing in my life is my family. I trained as a drama teacher before I decided to stay home and become a full time mother. I still love teaching, though, and I love the arts and literature and I love learning. I returned to study this year for my degree in English language and literature. Education is really important to me. I have three great children, all boys, one of which has learning difficulties and disabilities.
Why I am a Mormon
I've chosen to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because it makes me feel closer to Jesus Christ, because I learn how to be a better person, and because it makes me so happy. My husband isn't a member of the church but we both agree that living our lives and raising our children to have faith in God is so important. There is an atmosphere of peace in our home, we are better able to cope with the trials and every day stresses of of life, and we know that our family is our greatest priority. That's what we learn at church and that's the way we try to live our lives.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
Being the mother of a little boy who was born with brain damage, we have had many challenges. Our son doesnt progress in the same way as other children or reach the same milestones. He can't go hang out with friends, he struggles to communicate sometimes and he can become frustrated. Since we became active in our local LDS church my little boy enjoys life so much more. For the first time in his life he has friends outwith his school, who love and care for him. The children at church are so kind and helpful and supportive that I have been able to watch my son go hang out with his new friends at church social events. My son isn't accoutable for the choices he makes, and I have learned that because he isnt accountable, the sacrifice Jesus Christ has made for him means he doesn't need to be baptised. He is a very special son of our Father in Heaven and I feel so privalaged that He trusts me to care for this incredible little spirit. I am so grateful for that knowledge. My son loves church, he loves the people, he loves joining in singing with other kids. And we have been so blessed as a family because we live the gospel of Jesus Christ. My son couldn't read until we began studying the scriptures together as a family every day. By repeating the words and following along, incredibly he has began to read by himself. This is a huge step forward for him, a delight to me as his mother, and is just one example of the many blessings of living the gospel that we have experienced. It used to be hard to plan and ahead. We would wonder how our son would cope in the world and we wondered how to help him find his place in it. Now we have an incredible network of support, my son has pals for the first time in his life, and he is learning and progressing all the time.
How I live my faith
At church I've been asked to be responsible for the nursery class. Each Sunday, I look after the young children by playing with them, singing with them, and teaching them. I love being able to support parents in this way, and hanging out with the kids is such fun! My favorite thing though is that when it comes to living my faith, the best parts happen in my own home. Each Monday night, our church encourages to have Family Home Evening - a night when we just spend time together being a family and having fun. I love that no matter how busy life gets, we set everything else aside on that evening.