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Hi I'm Jan

I hail from Ohio, but now a Floridian. I'm a mother, a grandmother, an active leader in Boy Scouts, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on the shores of Lake Erie, the third daughter of four of two very loving parents who instilled in their children a love of family, strong work ethics and, most importantly, a love of God and Jesus Christ. I have always had a great love for the outdoors and spent much of my free time swimming, hiking and camping which came in handy when I found myself raising two sons! I hold a degree in Secondary Education, but spent many years working as an office manager in our family business. I became very active in the Boy Scouts as my sons were coming up through the ranks one Eagle, one Life and later became the Scoutmaster of the troop, serving for 14 years. I met my current husband during preparation for a High Adventure Backpacking adventure in New Mexico. It was through this acquaintance that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was introduced to me. After reading the Book of Mormon and praying diligently, I made the decision to be baptized and become a member. I have served actively ever since in many capacities and have experienced many answers to questions I have had for a long period of time and yes, married the man who introduced me to the Church! I know God lives and that Jesus is the Christ and through the Holy Ghost I am consistantly made aware of the truthfulness of this Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I attended church from the time I was a very small child, so church has always been part of my life. But I always wondered why Heavenly Father provided Prophets so long ago, but that there was no Prophet now. I knew I could have personal revelation for myself an my family, but I was curious as to why there were so many different religions as I knew God didn't put us here to confuse us. When I heard the story of Joseph Smith and studied the book he translated, The Book Of Mormon, I knew this was not the work of a man, but of divine guidance and direction and to have this knowledge, opened up even more spiritual understanding. Together with the King James Version of the Bible, the Book of Mormon has given me a greater understanding of my purpose here on this earth and a better understanding of eternal life and exaltation. I have always had an appreciation for the atonement of Jesus Christ, but I have gained a purer understanding of what that means for me. The work ethics my parents instilled in me have served me well in the callings I have had in the Church. Service to others is an important aspect of our membership and the blessings that come from serving each other are bountiful. We have no paid clergy, but all serve together in service to each other. Jesus Christ is the head of our Church and His teachings remain constant and sure as he leads us back into the arms of our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I try to be a daily example of what the Lord wants us to be. I obey the commandments and daily pray for better understanding, and forgiveness when I have made mistakes. I obey the Word of Wisdom, which is a commandment given to us to avoid alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea and to eat meat sparingly. I made a commitment in the waters of baptism and I am committed to be in church each week to renew those covenants and to serve in my callings. I am currently the president of the women's auxillary of the the Church, and visit with church members on a weekly basis. I am also still very involved in a leadership position with the Boy Scouts of America. I so admire the mission of the Boy Scouts, which is to provide opportunities for boys to make ethical and moral choices in their lives based on the Boy Scout Oath and the Law. I have tried to be a good example for my children and grandchildren and am proud of them for the choices they have made and continue to make. I am actively doing genealogy work and have regularly attended the Temple. My faith brings much happiness to my life and I cannot imagine life without it.

What is faith?

Jan
Faith is the belief in something that there is no tangible evidence of, but the feeling we receive in our hearts.  It grows stronger as we study the scriptures and learn more about our spirituality. As we ponder and pray we are given assurances, and answers to prayers give proof to that faith. Show more Show less