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Hi I'm Jan

I love to do family history and spend time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Minnesota. I am married and we have a daughter. We love traveling and spending time doing family history. My husband and I work at a Family History Center helping people find their ancestors.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Catholic. I stopped going to Church when I was around 18. I just felt it wasn't right for me anymore. When I was in my mid 20's, I felt that there was something missing from my life. I began to pray and ask God if there was a true Church and a true Bible on the earth. I was really confused. One day after I came home from work, my roommate told me that the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints knocked on our door. She let them in and they began teaching her. I was very leery to listen to their message. This was 1978 and there were a lot of cults around. I did not want to get involved in a cult. The missionaries left a card for her. On the front was a picture of a Temple and the back had the 13 Articles of Faith. As I read the Articles of Faith, I agreed with a lot of them and didn't understand the rest of them. This made me want to learn more. A few weeks later I began taking the discussions. I felt the Spirit as I began to pray to know if what they were telling me was true and as I began reading the Book of Mormon. Heavenly Father answered my prayers and I was baptized. I know that the Church is true and that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He also translated the Book of Mormon by the power of the Holy Ghost. You can know for yourself if these things are true by earnestly praying to Heavenly Father and asking Him if it is true or not.

How I live my faith

My husband and I volunteer at a Family History Center once a week. We help people find their ancestors. It is a very rewarding experience to use the knowledge you have to help others. We have a program in our Church called visit teaching. We are assigned women (we call them sisters) in the ward (congregation) and we visit them each month to see how they are doing and to help them if they need it. I have three sisters that I visit each month. It gives me an opportunity to get to know these sisters better then just seeing them on Sunday. It has been a rewarding experience to give moral support and help in any way I can. The Lord knows our needs and He uses us to fulfill those needs for others.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Jan
The Church does not endorse political parties or candidates. We are encouraged to find out all we can about each candidate, then vote for the one we feel will do the best job. We are also encouraged to be politically informed on all issues and follow our own conscious in making decisions that involve our country. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Jan
When we die our body lies in a grave, while our spirit goes to the spirit world. If we lived a good, righteous life we will go to Paradise. If not, we will go to Spirit Prison. In this world, we will rest from all of our earthly troubles and cares. We will live in a state of happiness and peace. While there, those who have not had the opportunity to hear of Jesus Christ and His Gospel on earth will be taught. We will stay there until we are resurrected, where our body and spirit will again reunite forever. We will also receive God's final judgment on how we lived our lives on earth. Show more Show less