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Hi I'm Nan

I live in Oregon. I have three sons who love Star Wars. I teach high school science. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married nearly 15 years and have three great boys. I have always worked full or part time, usually in a teaching-related field. I finished a Master's Degree last spring and went back to work full time this year. I love to read and write, and I'm trying to get a novel published. I enjoy working on scrapbooks, arranging flowers, cooking (clean-up, not so much) movies, meeting new people, skiing, exercising and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, and both sides of my ancestry go back some generations, but it wasn't until I saw a series of terrible difficulties happen to loved ones during my freshman year in college that I began to ask hard questions about the eternal nature of families and the soul. As much as I loved my science classes, the man-made reasoning there stimulated my mind but left my heart untouched. As I learned of the Savior's life, tried to internalize his teachings and truly live all I had been taught for so many years, I came to know, deep inside, that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world. That He loved me. And that He organized a Church. A couple of years later I served a mission and spent a happy and challenging 18 months speaking with people about the most personal and private aspects of their spirituality. I came away forever changed, my belief turned to knowledge, and I have never looked back. I know that there is a modern prophet at the head of Christ's Church--the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Book of Mormon is true, translated by Joseph Smith, and stands as a second witness that Jesus Christ atoned for each of us. That He knows my name. That He understands my pain and my triumph. That He will never let me down, even when people do.  

How I live my faith

We mostly just try to teach our kids. I try not to let a day go by without some kind of meaningful Gospel-oriented interaction with them. We pray together, have conversations at family meals, read from the scriptures and invite our missionaries for dinners. In my local congregation, I work with the 12-14 year old boys and girls as a Sunday School teacher. My husband is the president of the men's organization for members over age 18. Meetings and activities keep us very busy, but we love the fellowship that we feel and the uplift we gain by serving others.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

We believe that a loving and wise Heavenly Father has defined different, and complimentary roles for women and men. The gifts that accompany different roles form the foundation of happy family life and, by extension, the Lord's Church. Women, by nature, are more service oriented than men. From young girls to wise great-aunts, women understand about nurturing. It is the gift given to us. To encourage Christlike attributes in men, the Lord has given them the priesthood. It is true that this is the power that leads the Church, but it is only effective when used to serve others. I have served in presidencies that help direct the work of our local congregation. We make our own decisions, which we sometimes discuss with a council of men and women from our congregation. None of us, the women OR men, are paid for our service. Each person who helps direct the affairs of our congregation, is there because of genuine love and compassion for our friends and neighbors. There is a division of responsibility. We believe the Lord has designed it this way. Show more Show less