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Hi I'm Jean Vogler

I am happily married to my college sweetheart. I love to cook and I love to sing. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mom with four fun and crazy kids. My husband owns his own computer repair business. I really enjoy serving people, whether it's my own family members, people in my community, or at church. Being a stay-at-home mom takes up most of my time, planning playdates, supervising chores and homework, and keeping my house and family in good order. But I also give where I can in the community, like knitting newborn hats and donating them to local hospitals. I enjoy music, and God has blessed me with a good voice. I also enjoy food and cooking. I am a fan of foreign and exotic cuisine, and I like trying new recipes for dinner (as long as my family is willing to eat.)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church, but I have had lots of opportunities throughout my life to follow a different religion or faith. When I was a teenager, my parents divorced. A lot of times, a child in my place would start to rebel against everything they have been taught to believe and do. Well, I don't know if I started acting rebelliously, but I started questioning everything. And not just to defy, to REALLY know. I wanted to be happy in life. How do I do that? I wanted to get married one day and have a family. Was it really possible? And most importantly, I wanted to be loved and feel my life really mattered. All of these questions and concerns were honestly, truthfully resolved within the gospel of Jesus Christ. I continued to attend Mormon church meetings and activities. I'm sure that sometimes my questions drove my teachers nuts, but they patiently answered me with teachings from the scriptures and counsel from the prophets. Then at night I would pray and ask Heavenly Father to help me really understand. Eventually I knew that everything I was being taught was true, AND possible to do! I saw how DOING what they were teaching me could truly make me happy and give me everything I wanted in life. And no other church around taught the same, solid, important principles the Mormon church taught. The truth was here, and no where else. And this is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My dad taught me to "bloom where you are planted," and that is how I live my faith. Wherever God puts me in life, I will teach and love and strengthen those around me. Most of the time, I'm teaching my children about Heavenly Father and Jesus. My husband and I read the scriptures and pray with our kids every morning.. We talk about how the people in the stories are just like us, and how we can choose to keep the commandments in every situation we are in. Every night at bedtime we sing a hymn or a song the kids learned in church, and we pray together. Family prayer is especially important to me. I believe it forms an unshakable bond between our family and Heavenly Father, and I feel my family is safer. I always tell my kids that our family members are the most important people we will ever have relationships with, and they should always treat each other as good as, or even better, than they do their friends. At church I serve as the nursery class leader. My students are 18 months-3 years old, and wow! It's an adventure! In my class I focus on the one idea the gospel is centered on -- love -- how Heavenly Father and Jesus love us all, how I love my students, how they can love each other and their families. And really, love is what the gospel is all about. Love is the reason Heavenly Father created this world for us, and why Jesus Christ died for us and why He is our Savior. It's all about love.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jean Vogler
Serving a mission is a very personal decision between the individual and the Lord. No matter who you are, and how much you may be encouraged to become a missionary, it is ultimately your decision, and you won't be kicked out of the church or shunned because you choose not to go. I never was the kind of missionary that left home for 2 years and knocked on doors. I thought and prayed about it a lot. I eventually received the answer that it was best for me to stay home, and that the Lord had other things for me to do. However, I was a local missionary for a short time in the area I lived in. Basically, I would go out with the full-time sister missionaries every week or so to their appointments and help teach. It was just as fulfilling for me to serve in this way. Older married couples can also serve missions, and someday when our children are grown, my husband and I want to do this. No, we won't be Gramma and Grampa riding bikes and knocking on doors, but there are many other services older people can give in the church, like working in church offices and training other church members in different parts of the world, or assisting people with family history research. Those are missions too! And serving the Lord in these ways is just as holy and rewarding as riding a bike and handing out Books of Mormon. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jean Vogler
I worship God the Eternal Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. I pray to my Heavenly Father. I rely on the atonement of Jesus Christ to save my soul. I revere and respect Joseph Smith as a prophet of God. I believe he was a vital instrument in restoring the full gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. I do not pray to Joseph Smith, nor do I rely on him in any way regarding my personal salvation, or worship him in any other way. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jean Vogler
Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price - He died for all the wrongs of all mankind. But He doesn't save us "in" our sins, he saves us "from" our sins. That significant difference is what the doctrine of grace is really about. The scriptures teach that no unclean thing can enter into the presence of the Lord. We have to not only have faith in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, we also have to repent of our sins and do what Christ has taught us in the Bible and the Book of Mormon - "Come, follow me." "Keep my commandments." The moment we step onto that path of faith in AND obedience to our Savior Jesus Christ, His grace begins to cleanse us of all our imperfections. He will save us from our sins, but only if we are willing to walk away from them. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Jean Vogler
When I attend Sunday church services, or when I go to the temple to worship, I wear a dress or a blouse and skirt. I wear dressier shoes and style my hair. I do this because worshiping my Heavenly Father and Savior is very important to me, and I want to show respect to God in my dress as well as my actions. Every other day of the week I can dress as I choose - pants, shorts, t-shirts, sneakers - whatever I feel comfortable in. My family and I celebrate Christmas and Easter as all other Christians do. We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. We also celebrate traditional American holidays, like July 4th and Thanksgiving. One holiday that is unique to our church is Pioneer Day on July 24th. This holiday celebrates the day the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake valley on July 24th, 1847. We usually celebrate this holiday as a congregation with barbeques and picnics, music, and games. In Utah, they have an annual parade in Salt Lake City. My family has a weekly family night, called Family Home Evening. Every Monday night we sing songs, play games, and have some kind of lesson about gospel principles, loving and serving each other, or some other topic we feel we should discuss. We give our family nights high priority and rarely attend other activities on Monday nights, but we never kick anyone out of our house when it's time for Family Home Evening. Everyone is included! Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Jean Vogler
It seems Christians always forget the Bible story of Joseph in Egypt and the pharaoh's dream. The pharaoh dreamed of seven fat cows, which were then eaten up by seven skinny cows. God gave Joseph an interpretation of the dream. There would be seven years of bountiful harvests - more food than anyone could imagine. But it would be followed by seven years of equally unimaginable famine. God meant for the people of Egypt to prepare themselves while they had time, so when the famine came, they could survive. When God blesses me with bounty in my life, I save what I can and prepare for the times when I may be in want or when a disaster comes. Some Christian friends of mine have said that my actions show a lack of faith. They say, "When times are tough, the Lord will provide." This is when I recall the story of Joseph and remind them that the Lord wants and needs us to prepare while we can. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jean Vogler
In the New Testament, Jesus taught "Except a man be born of water AND of the Spirit, he CANNOT enter into the kingdom of heaven." Jesus did NOT add "And if someone was a really good guy, but didn't get baptized, I'll just overlook it and let them come in anyway, because I'm so nice." Everyone must be baptized. Christ showed us this by example of his own baptism. And someday everyone will be resurrected. So what happens to all the people who died without being baptized? They will be resurrected someday and still never have been baptized, so they cannot enter into God's kingdom. What if that person was my mother, or my child? I would be so completely upset that I could not live in God's kingdom with that person who meant so much to me. And that person may be as equally upset. This is why we perform proxy baptisms in the temple. With the power and authority of God's holy priesthood, we are baptized in behalf of persons who have died and were not baptized in their lifetime. And when they are resurrected, we can say to them "I have done this work on your behalf so you still have the opportunity to enter into the kingdom of God." It is a service of love. Show more Show less