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Hi I'm Jan

I was born and raised in Portland,Oregon. I love the beach, hiking and cooking. My passion is gardening. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi there! I'm a wife of 40+ years, a mother to six children and a grandmother to13. I love to hike with my husband and we both have a love for gardening . I love working with people and with children and have worked in the mayor's office in my city. I also love to travel. As a teenager, I spent a full summer traveling around 13 countries in Europe. Recent trips have taken me and my husband to Thailand and the eastern US. I love reading history and biographies. Music is a major part of our family's lives, whether singing or playing an instrument or listening.

Why I am a Mormon

At age18 and heading to college, at my request, my dad agreed to be taught by the Latter Day Saint or Mormon missionaries. I had been baptized into the church at age 10 but my parents were not very interested in going to church with me. While sitting in on the missionary discussions with my dad, I was so touched by their message of hope and love from the Savior, that I decided to start going back to church. It was the greatest decision for good I have ever made. Soon after, I met my future husband. We have had many trials, including children born with physical problems and a still born baby daughter, but through all of these trials, our Savior and his love has given me all the strength to endure with faith. The Book of Mormon along with the Bible, gives me hope and faith that keeps me moving forward in a positive way. Life can and will be hard, but this restored true gospel has given me a deep love for the Savior and how he has worked with me to get me through. He is the literal Son of God and knows me and my hurts and pains and my joys. He will be there for me if I ask Him to help me and if I repent of those things that I need to be doing better. As the prophets of the Old and New Testaments, we have a prophet today that gives us guidance from our Heavenly Father, to keep us safe, if we obey His Commandments. I know that I have been blessed by living the Commandments the best I can. The Savior is the center of my life and as I learn of him and do his will, he strengthens me so that I can serve others, as he would do. Even though I continue to have trials, I have peace that the Savior gives me and he helps me every day. The Savior is the center of my faith. He is my anchor and I will always try to do his will. He is my Redeemer and I know that I will see him again. I know that he loves me!

How I live my faith

What is the symbol of my faith? It is how I live my life according to how the Savior would have me live. I am his hands and what I do speaks louder than words. I am actively participating in my ward or congregation. My husband is the bishop of our ward and I help with ward activities-dinners, talent shows, community service, visiting the sick and lonely. I am also a Visiting Teacher. Each month, I visit along with a partner, 3 women of our ward, in their homes, to assist them in coming closer to Christ, by giving them a message of encouragement and hope that is scripture based, and helping them with life situations. To truly love one another like the Savior loves us, we need to really know others by serving them. Each day I have a chance to show the Lord that I love him by doing what he asks me to do and that is love one another as he has loved us. Our children are all now grown and away from home, but our faith helps keeps us close. We pray for one another and let each other know it, so that they can feel that love. We partake of the Sacrament of Christ each Sunday and by doing, renew our covenants or promises that we made when we were baptized. Our neighbors know that we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and they have trust in us as we have served them in different ways.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

In our family, we have been very blessed to have had 1 daughter and 4 sons serve missions for our church. Each chose to serve a mission because he/she felt the love of the Savior in his/her life and wanted to let others know of the love that the Savior has for all of God's children. Missionaries teach that God has an eternal plan for each one of us and our families and that we can be together forever, not just together here on earth. As each one of our children has served on a mission, each has learned to love who they served. This love was felt by the people that they taught and served. A seed of love was planted. Show more Show less