Hi I'm Jan
I'm a father of two girls and a boy. I write about the consumer technology industry for a living, and that justifies my obsession with various gadgets and gizmos. One of my hobbies is photography, although that's a work in progress!
Why I am a Mormon
Any decision to become a Mormon has to come as a result of prayer and spiritual guidance. For someone who grew up as an atheist, that change is particularly dramatic, and so it requires that much more work and progress. I had several contacts with the Church before I finally decided to become a member, and the first few times it was merely a matter of curiosity. It was only once I really began learning about the Church actively, and trying my very best to understand more about it, that I made real progress. Ultimately, it was only when I prayed to know if the things I had learned about were true that I had a strong feeling that they were, and that I needed to act on that. Since that time, I have had many experiences which have confirmed and strengthened that early testimony I gained that the Church was true, that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that I needed to become one of His followers.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I think the best way to answer this question is by answering the question of why I served a mission. And the main reason why I served a mission is that someone shared with me a set of beliefs that changed my life dramatically for the better, and I felt a need and a desire to share that with other people. Learning about and embracing the Gospel as it is taught in the LDS Church has changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. I am so much happier, and have so much more direction in life than I ever did before. And because it brought so much happiness to me, I wanted to make that same difference in other people's lives. Dedicating two years of my life to that seemed like a wonderful way to pass on the blessings that I had received, and actually serving was one of the greatest experiences of my life as I saw the Gospel take root in other people's lives and saw them experience the happiness that I have.
How I live my faith
I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for about 20 years, having joined the Church during my time at university. Like many young Mormon men I served a two-year mission in Asia, principally in Sri Lanka but also in Singapore and Malaysia. It was one of the most important and meaningful times in my life, and during that time I dedicated myself 100% to serving others and teaching them about the Gospel. But since then I've lived very much a normal life, with a job and a family. And now I live my faith by trying to be the best husband and father I can, my doing the best I can in my job, and my serving as a volunteer for a few hours a week in the Church.