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Hi I'm Jean Mikesell

I'm a Mormon. I am so glad that my husband and I have been able to raise our children with the gospel in their lives and ours.

About Me

I am a wife, mother & grandmother who lives in Juneau, Alaska. My husband and I have four children (one boy and three girls) and two grandsons. I love to spend time with my family, take photographs of scenery and people, read, hike, and camp. When our children were growing up, I stayed at home with them. I feel it is very important to be at home with your children as they are growing up and even into their teenage years when it is possible. I have had a few part-time jobs over the years, but my family has been my main job. I have felt blessed to have been able to be at home with my children as they were growing up.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it helps to make me a better person. I know that my family can be together forever, and that is amazing. My oldest brother brought the gospel to my family. He met a man, whom he worked with, who was a member of the LDS Church. The way he acted made my brother wonder what made him the way he was. My brother studied the gospel. He soon joined the church because he had a testimony that it was true. He wanted all of his family to share in his joy of the gospel. He went on a mission to Japan to teach the gospel. My twin sister joined the church next when my brother sent missionaries to meet with her. I joined the church after months of listening to different missionaries. I went out to church young adult activities and was really impressed with the way they had fun without drinking, smoking or using drugs. I finally prayed about the truthfulness of the gospel and joined the church when I was 21 because I felt it to be true in my heart. My other brother and his wife joined a few months later. We were raised in a family that had christian beliefs and good morals. My parents were wonderful parents. I have found that the gospel has made my life even better. It has helped my husband and I to raise our three daughters and one son. Our son went on a mission to CA to bring the gospel to others. The gospel has brought a lot of joy into our lives. I am not perfect, but the gospel is helping me to try to be.

How I live my faith

I attend our Ward meetings on Sundays. They help to give me the spiritual strength that I need for each week. I am a teacher of ten year old boys and girls who I am teaching the gospel to. I try to make the right choices. I have lots to work on in my life because I am not perfect. I am just like anyone else trying to live their life the best they can and making mistakes along the way but trying to do better and be a better person. I try to follow the commandments that we have been given by God that will help me to be the person I want to be someday.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Jean Mikesell
We are asked to donate 10% of our income because everything we have comes from Heavenly Father. We are just giving back a small portion to help with dilfferent aspects of the church: building temples, chapels, helping to fund church schools, and other church expenses. Before I joined the church my brother told me about paying tithing, and I said that it was something I wouldn't do. I have come to know that it is something we need to do as members, and that it has helped out in a lot of different ways in the Church. When we pay our tithing, we also receive blessings from Heavenly Father. Show more Show less