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Hi I'm Jane

I grew up in Utah but lived forty years in upstate New York, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired teacher, a mother, and a grandmother of sixteen boys and thirteen girls who live all over this country and a few foreign ones. My husband and I have been married 50 years. I love to travel, read, and write stories about my family's history. My specialty is hand knit family Christmas stockings, and homemade candy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church into a family with early roots in the church--a fifth generation Mormon I have always felt I was born with faith and have not had cause to doubt that faith. I grew up knowing I was a child of my Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ was my elder brother who made an incredible sacrifice for me and everyone who has ever lived that allows us to live again and to change and become more like Him. My testimony of Mormonism was greatly strengthened in my early years in New York when I helped write a program honoring Joseph Smith, our founder and prophet, and his experiences in Harmony PA when he was translating the Book of Mormon. It was a sweet experience not only to study the prophet's life, but to visit the places these remarkable events took place. I know Joseph Smith is a prophet, and that he saw Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. He was willing to die for that testimony. During that same time in New York, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. When he was in surgery, I had an amazing experience as I was reading the scriptures. It was made clear to me that he would be all right--that feeling was so strong I could have cut it with a knife. Having assurances like this that Heavenly Father knows who I am and cares for me and my family is an integral part of my faith. As Mormons we believe that we chose to come to earth to follow a beautiful plan that, if we chose to be obedient to our Father's gospel principles, would lead us back to our heavenly home with our families to live together forever. I know that our Father wants us to be happy. That is why he gave us his gospel and families. I believe his plan provides an anchor to our souls and will help us have peace and happiness in this life, and joy with our families in the life to come.

How I live my faith

Mormonism is not just a Sunday church--it is a way of life. It affects every part of one's life from daily personal and family prayer and scripture reading to weekly Family Home Evening—an evening of fun, games, refreshments and a gospel lesson with one's family. Family Home Evening was very special in our family because it gave each child a chance to perform, or to be in charge, or to play the piano, or lead the singing. It was a setting in which we taught skills and attitudes, morals and manners. We were encouraged to keep a journal of the things that had been accomplished that week whether at school, or work, or sports teams or music or the little doings of toddlers. We still smile when we read those old journals and those wonderful "moments in time" we had together. The Church also gives us great opportunities to serve outside our families. Most women are assigned three or four other women to visit each month, give a spiritual message and help if needed. Men have a similar opportunity with assignment to three or four families to minister to each month. Most have callings (assignments) in the Church as we have no paid ministry. Over the years these callings give us an opportunity to teach and to direct programs at a variety of age levels. Service also extends beyond the church as members serve on local committees, respond to local emergencies, or are just attentive neighbors. One of our family's favorite service activities was developing and running a community Cub Scout basketball league for several years in our church gym. Today we are engaged in the most exciting service of all—serving the Lord as full-time missionaries. We have done this twice—left our family and gone to a new place on our nickel to invite others to come to Christ and learn of his plan of happiness. A plan we have, we love and we try to live.