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Hi I'm Dr J

I grew up in a town with more cows than people. I love Siberian Huskies. I'm a professional and personal coach, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love living in Minnesota and I love my life. I have three grown children and four grandchildren, and the roles of mother and grandmother are something I treasure. I have worked very hard at my education and am energized by continually learning and challenging myself. I own a consulting/coaching practice and am passionate about helping individuals, teams and organizations be more effective and joyful in their lives. I've been married and divorced and married again and through it all I have come to realize that families are precious and we experience our greatest pain and joy within the family unit. On a less serious note, I have terrific friends and love playing games and going to movies. I spend lots of time eating and working out, which is great since they kind of cancel each other out.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents began investigating the LDS church when I was 10 years old. My father and mother had been raised in protestant churches, and had started to feel as if what they knew about Christ's gospel taught in the Bible was not being taught in the church we attended. We began a church search, and as we were about to make a commitment (lukewarm on my father's part) to a religion, the missionaries were sent to our family by some friends that my parents had lost touch with over the years. We took the discussions over a six-week period, went to church a few times, and I attended Primary. When my father asked me how I felt about being baptized and joining the Mormon church, I gave a shout YES! I was only 10 years old, and while I didn't fully understand the doctrine of the Mormon church, I knew that I felt something here that was not present in any other church we attended. I felt joy and warmth and peace when I was with these "mormons" and I knew that something good was happening in my home as we read from the scriptures and prayed together. There was a new feeling within my own four walls. As an adult, I have grown a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the LDS church. I know that this is the same gospel Jesus taught when he lived on earth. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and knows me completely. The Plan of Salvation - the Plan of Happiness that was created by my Father and Jesus Christ is a loving plan that allows me to come to earth and experience choice. I have been given this agency to make choices and learn from the consequences. When I make choices that are against God's laws I can repent and be forgiven and be clean again as a result of my Savior atoning for me. I know that Christ's church was restored through a young boy, Joseph Smith. His answer to a simple prayer has brought me joy and peace and hope, and I am grateful to live on the earth at a time when Christ's church is here.

How I live my faith

I love that our church is designed to have all members serve one another through callings. I believe these callings are inspired and that through our willingness to serve one another, we grow and develop and become more like our Savior. I have served in many capacities over the years. Being a pianist, I have played for more church meetings than I can count, and I never tire of playing the music that helps to bring the Spirit. I have had the chance to teach every age group from 12+. I have been a Young Women's President twice, and know that I have grown more working with the Lord's precious young daughters than in any other capacity. I have taught Sunday School to adults and have grown in my desire and ability to study the Scriptures and share His word with others. I currently serve as a Stake Relief Society president and am continually amazed by the extraordinary goodness and capacity to love of God's daughters. Our sisters, of all ages and marital status, exemplify their divine nature as they share one another's burdens and celebrate one another's joys. Recently, I have begun to attend the temple on a weekly basis; it allows me to serve those that have gone on to the next life and provide something they cannot do for themselves. This brings a peace that I feel nowhere else.