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Hi I'm Jan

Exchanged DisneyWorld trip for service in Mexico 20 years ago. Today 100,000 students helped, 177 schools built. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Our former church president Gordon B Hinckley said..."it is not enough to be good. You must be good for something. You must contribute good to the world." I believe that. I care about things from kids to how we are going to help raise a deliberate digital generation of young people, my new granddaughter and her tired mom, now a mom of two, my mother, getting along with others even when we didn't vote for the same person for president. Some tough stuff going on here, but I'm sure we are supposed to love one another and seek for unity. Lots of opportunities to do that.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My parents lived their faith and regularly attended and served in the church. As a young girl, when I had questions about doctrine or life I could go to my dad. He and I had lots of long talks. I respected my dad and trusted him to tell me the truth. I remember helping with the music in church one Sunday by conducting the hymn "The Spirit of God Like a Fire is Burning." At one point during the hymn I felt an overwhelming flow of energy and light fill me as I led the congregation in singing the hymn. I recognized that feeling was the Spirit manifesting to me the truth of what the song professed. I have felt His love and direction throughout my life.

How I live my faith

I serve in my church and try to help others in the world around me. Over 20 years ago my husband and I took our children to Mexico one Christmas to experience a service trip together. It had such an impact on us that we kept going down and eventually started our own foundation, Escalera, which is helps young people find a way out of poverty through education.

Are Mormons Christians?

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we claim to be practicing the same religion Christ set up when he was here upon the earth. After Christ's death men changed some of his teachings. Later, through Joseph Smith that original church Christ set up was re-established. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Our members wrote it. We claim to be of followers of Jesus Christ just like Matthew, Mark, Moses and Isaiah were. In our day we like to talk of Christ, we preach of Christ and write about Christ so our children, neighbors and friends-all who will, might also come to believe in Him and know Him. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Knowing I can be with my husband forever is a glorious, joyful and comforting doctrine. I love my husband. I rely on him. I enjoy being with him. I cannot imagine not having him in my life. To me the exciting thing about this is that this blessing is open to all. God's plan is that we have a companion- that we are not alone. The focus of gospel teachings is that if your situation right now is not ideal it can become so: if you live in harmony with Christ's teachings all promised blessings will be eventually be given to you. It makes me happy thinking that the joy I feel with my spouse is a joy that is not singular to me. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Working among the indigenous peoples of Mexico both Aztec and Mayan has been a fascinating journey where I have heard their traditions-of a "god" coming to their ancestors thousands of years ago and teaching them many things-how to get along and even how to plant corn. I have heard their oral traditions of the origins of their people coming by boat, of sacred records buried in the earth and have seen many remnants of religious symbols and carvings on their ruins. Along with the Book of Mormon these are further evidences of Christ's workings with people on the American continent. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No. Let me share this explanation I read in the newspaper on this exact question. "If I wanted to be excommunicated from the church, I would practice polygamy the other sins take longer." Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We actually feel it a mandate from our Father in Heaven to help all of his children. When our family started helping to send indigenous Indians in Mexico to school with scholarships we originally directed our efforts to those of our own faith. But that has grown to where those we help are mostly those not of our faith. We believe God wants us to help all of his children. Show more Show less