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Hi I'm Jan

I'm a city girl from Oregon, now living in redneck heaven in the woods with my husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an Oregon girl, who married a Florida boy and have children and enjoy grandchildren with this great guy. 40 years married, which is pretty good in this day and age. I love to sing and if there is a Broadway musical in town - I'm there! My other interests are sewing, home decorating and feeling sorry for my husband who does most of the cooking these days....(He always beats me home from work.) I've been a graphic and forms designer for almost 20 years. On the weekends I love hugging grandkids and if I have any extra money I save it for another trip to Hawaii. Love that place....

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and raised by Mormon parents. I could have joined another church, and had friends of all different faiths growing up, but the doctrine of this church just made perfect sense to me. It's a loving, learning, hopeful, faith-building, service-centered church. It's all here. Not that it's an easy church to belong to....you are expected to pitch in and share your talents with others in your congregation. Whether as a teacher, musician, organizational leader or greeter at the door. We all have a job to do, big and small and I can't tell you how it has helped me grow and learn things about myself. Also, how the Lord works through me as one of his "helpers" here on earth...whether it's something big like organizing a huge activity for the whole congregation, or sharing a smile and a hug with someone that might need it....we really know the meaning of being the Lord's hands here on earth. I've learned that serving others brings great joy and also self worth, with seems to be lacking in so many women these days. Now, the story of Joseph Smith might seem a little crazy, I know....why would the Lord speak to a boy in New York in the 1800's? But I can tell you without a doubt in my mind, that it happened. I have prayed about it, read the Book of Mormon and have had the Holy Ghost tell me in my heart that it's all true. The Lord still speaks to his people. Why would he stop? He loves us now, just like he did then, ages ago. I love this church. Oh, the people in it aren't perfect...we're all on our own spiritual journey and have need of repentance all the time -but we're trying! It's a great place to be every Sunday.

How I live my faith

My job in the church right now is a big one. I am the leader of the women of the congregation. We call ourselves the "Relief Society". I oversee all of the activities and teaching of the women over 18. It's a humbling responsibility. But I have great help. Two counselors and a secretary, plus other staff members that assist in all aspects of helping to bring the women of our congregation to Christ. Also to render service to the community. We are a "Relief " society after all. :-) We've donated receiving blankets to low income families of newborns at a nearby hospital, school supplies to children, made pillowcases for another hospital for the pediatric ward, donated coats, meals for a women's shelter in town, and countless meals and assistance to women in our area during illness or other need. Most of the ladies in our congregation or "ward" partner up to visit and check on a select few others ladies in the "ward". It's called Visiting Teaching, and they are my eyes and ears. I organize who partners with who, and who they visit. It's quite a challenge, but it's the heart of our women's organization. It's wonderful to see all of the good and compassionate service that is rendered. Also, the great teaching and gospel discussions we have on Sunday with each other as women.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jan
A translated record of some of the inhabitants of the American continent who were originally brought here from Jerusalem before the Jews were carried away to Babylon. (About 600 BC) It's a sacred record, kept by prophets and holy men of God. We look at this book as another witness of Jesus Christ and his gospel. It partners with the Bible. Did you know that Jesus visited here after he was crucified? He came and visited here for a short time after his resurrection, just like he did to his apostles in Jerusalem. It's wonderful to read about it in the Book of Mormon. Why do we call it the Book of Mormon? It's named after the last living holy man who kept and safeguarded these sacred engravings written and combined together from hundreds of years. He buried them in the earth before he died, until Joseph Smith was told by an angel where they were. Show more Show less