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Hi I'm Jean

I'm a grandmother of a large family. Love genealogy, people, traveling with husband and we have lived in Zimbabwe. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a proud mom of seven children, nineteen grand children and still counting. I've been married for 39 years to the same man, and we're still in love. Lived my entire life in Utah with the exception of 18 months when I lived in Northern California before I met my eternal sweetheart. Recently we lived for 18 months in Zimbabwe, Africa as missionaries. That was an adventure of a lifetime. My husband and I love to travel. We have traveled coast to coast in America, including Alaska and Hawaii. We have also visited Taiwan, China, Europe, England, Mexico, and of course Africa. This beautiful world is filled with incredible sights, sounds, smells and amazing people from all walks of life, rank and position. I love all aspects of family history and genealogy work. Not only finding who they were and where and when they lived, but what were they like. Amazing to think I've had a part of me living and breathing every second through some ancestor, since the beginning of time. Had there been a break for even of moment, I would not be here. I also love teaching, photography and writing. It brings me great joy when I can tell stories of ancestors through pictures, timelines and facts. Life is wonderful and full of as much adventure as we are willing to experience. I hope to leave lasting memories for future generations of not only me, but of my family and ancestors as well, because family connections are the only things that go with us when we die.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and my entire family were Mormons, of which one line I am the 6th generation. All of my great grandparents walked across the Plains of America in the hope of being able to live the teachings of the Mormon Church without the fear of religious persecution. I have never had a desire to belong to any other religion, as the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are so complete and have made so much sense. In high school I did wonder for a time why we claim to have the same organization and authority that Jesus Christ himself set up for His church when He was on the earth. So after visiting many different churches with my best friend who was not a Mormon, and after reading and praying about the Book of Mormon, I knew for myself that we were different from other religions and why. Now nearly 50 years later after raising a large family and experiencing difficulties everyone faces throughout a lifetime, I can testify the teachings taught and practiced have fortified my convictions and the decision I made as a teenager to be a practicing Mormon until the day I depart from this life. I've lived half way around the world with people who had little or no hope, yet once they were taught not only about the Savior's love for them but also His plan for their salvation, they are happy and content with the hope of a brighter future. Belonging to the Mormon or LDS Church doesn't free you from your problems but instead it helps you deal with them. I gained my testimony of Jesus Christ and His Church through the power of the Holy Ghost, which is given freely to all who ask with a sincere heart and real intent. He is the one that manifests the truth of all things to those who ask. I'm eternally grateful I took the time in my teen years to ask, because that decision and answer has made all the difference throughout my life, and the lives of my family.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life I have accepted callings or jobs asked of me to do in the LDS Church. They include some of the following: Teaching teenagers in Sunday School, and only teenage girls in what we call a Young Women's organization. I've also taught adult women in our Sunday meetings which we call Relief Society. I've help members and other research their genealogy and discover which country their ancestors came from. I've also worked with little children, including deaf children in a regional Primary or children's group. I have worked with the Cub Scouts as a Den Leader and a mom. I have also spent many years as a leader in those various groups organizing activities, parties and leadership responsibilities. I have been a member of PTA Boards, and elected to two Community Councils in the various areas we've lived. I helped with a community children's singing group which involved my children. After retiring as an assistant to high school and post high school Special Ed students, my husband and I began serving various missions. We have served twice in the Family and Church History mission, helping others across the United States with their family history work. Another mission was to Zimbabwe where my husband was over the missions finances, and I was the Mission President's - leader of that mission - secretary and receptionist. Our last mission we served as the VIP tour host couple in the Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City. We showed leaders from all over the world the various ways the LDS Church offers assistance through humanitarian efforts to those in need regardless of race, religion or nationality. All of what the LDS Church does is through generous contributions of time, talents, materials and money by members of the Church and others. I am proud to be a member of the LDS Church, and when people set aside pre-conceived prejudices concerning our church, they find people who love others and especially our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Having lived in Zimbabwe, and knowing others who lived and helped in other countries, and having worked with the Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City, I am amazed at how much the LDS Church is able to accomplish all over the world. When Haiti had their earthquake, money, food and other supplies were immediately sent. We are still there helping to relieve the suffering. We set up a small employment center to help people get jobs. When Japan was hit with the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, funds were immediately sent to LDS leaders who bought needed supplies and asked Church members there to assemble hygiene kits and other items needed for those in the disaster areas. Homemade quits donated by the thousands, are sent where needed. Clean water is being made available by digging wells and boreholes so villagers don't have to walk long distances to collect clean water. Wheelchairs are distributed when needs are identified. Volunteer doctors will use their vacations to go into countries to show medical professionals there how to use simple but effective neo-natal equipment to save babies lives that have difficulties breathing. Eye doctors volunteer to teach medical professionals how to perform simple surgeries to give sight to those with problems. Others go teach people how to farm and grow crops for their families and sell their surplus. The purpose of all our efforts is to teach self-reliance so people can take care of themselves once we leave their area. Show more Show less