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Hi I'm Jan

I spend my days taking care of my three little kids. I love my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an LDS home in Provo, Utah. So. Much. Fun. Five siblings, Zip lines, chickens, sleeping on the trampoline, water fights, night games. I wouldn't trade my childhood for anything. Now I have three small children (like, the oldest is 4) and I am trying to make their childhood a pleasant and memorable experience. It's been hard to give them the same kind of broad outdoors-y experience since we've been in apartments while my husband goes to medical school. But forts, movie nights, trips to the zoo and home-spun preschool sort of make up for the lack of a yard. People may wonder if Mormons are supposed to have lots of kids, like it is a mandate. The truth is, it isn't a church position. We can have one child or 17 or none. But these big-family-Mormons just want to give their children the same kind of life that they lived growing up. Especially if it has been a joyful one. Mine was.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it satisfies me in every way. Spiritually, I feel close to my God and my Savior. I love Them and feel Their love. Emotionally, I am free of baggage and hurt because I follow the teachings of Christ--especially the things He taught about relating to others. Physically I am in shape, healthy and happy. Even academically, the doctrines are so cohesive, interesting and logical. I love studying the scriptures and seeing the grand plan of our Father in Heaven unfold.

How I live my faith

Right now I live my faith mostly in my family and in my personal life. I help out in the church itself by playing the piano for the children during their classes, but that doesn't require much preparation or faith (depending on the key signature). One of the core tenets of our religion is that our families are eternal; as a mother, I have a responsibility and obligation to teach my children and help them become contributing members of society and faithful members of the church. So when the laundry, dishes, sticky floors and snotty clothes start to feel like an avalanche, I have to remember that there is a grander scheme in place and my faith buoys me up and lets me deal with the next tantrum.