Hi I'm Jeanette
I am married and have four children, all boys. My husband and I live in the small town where he grew up. My interests are varied, and I think I have probably been interested in every hobby at one time or another. Throughout my life, I have had an enthusiasm for reading and learning. I taught my older three sons to read when they were three years old, and I plan to teach my youngest to read when he gets old enough. There is a large age gap between my second and third sons, so my older boys were both in school before I had my last two sons. This gave me the opporunity to volunteer as a music teacher at a school one year. I spent about 12 hours a week teaching music, and it was a fun experience that I am so glad I got to have. Another hobby I have always had is participating in sports and exercise. I like to run and walk with my kids. I like to draw, sew, and create beautiful things. Recently, I have started learning to garden.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into a Latter-day Saint family, but I have also become converted to the gospel through experiences, through prayer, and through the Spirit. Time and time again, I have seen the wisdom and inspiration in the words of the prophets and scriptures. I have discovered for myself that the Gospel is the way to live a life at peace with my actions and my inner sense of what is right and good.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
When I read the Book of Mormon, it helps me understand life better. I can see more clearly where my choices lead, and I have the desire to use my choices to bring happiness to my family and friends.
Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?
Every day I do things that I have faith will bring fruits. I can't see the end result right now, but I trust that positive results will come from my efforts. I continually help my children learn and try to teach and help them. Sometimes, it gets discouraging when I say the same things over and over again and it doesn't seem to make any difference in their behavior, But I keep at it because I have learned through experience that change doesn't happen quickly. It take years for children to learn some things. But I know it is still worth trying each day because even after years of time passing, they will never learn things if I don't keep trying. I try to use the same principles with my own progression. Sometimes, I think that reading scriptures, praying, learning, and trying each day to move forward isn't producing results, but faith helps me to remember that good things always come eventually from obeying commandments. It has worked for me in the past, so I have faith that it will also work in the future.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
The most important thing we can do in our homes is to act unselfishly. Sometimes, we are angry, selfish, or mean to our family members. Unselfishness is the cure for this. Also, we sometimes avoid doing things because it isn't convenient or comfortable. When we think about what will produce the greatest good in the long term, we are never selfish or lazy. This is how to be unselfish. And there are a few perfect ways to learn to be unselfish. When we pray daily with our families and by ourselves, we develop charity through drawing closer to God. Charity banishes selfishness. Reading scriptures daily with our families and by ourselves also brings us closer to God and builds our charity. Service to family members and serving others with our family members also strengthens and builds charity, obliterating selfishness.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by doing my best at all the things I do. I try to implement Christ's teachings and example in my efforts to be a good wife and mother. I have volunteered many hours in school and community organizations to help share my blessings with others. I try to be a positive memory to each person I have contact with, whether it is being a good friend or just taking the time to smile and be friendly and polite to people in stores and business where I go. I also attend my meetings and serve in the Church. I am trying to remember and follow Jesus Christ. I am trying to be better, day by day and year by year.