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Hi I'm Jan

I am a gardener and a friend ... I love genealogy and preparing tasty, healthy recipes ... and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. While growing up, I lived in several states. In 1966 I moved to Arizona ... and LOVE living here!! Since 1975 I have been a step-mom to three boys who are grown and have their own families. I graduated in 1982 with a BA in Chemistry and received an MBA in 1985. For 20 years I was self employed. In 2003 my husband passed away due to kidney failure. In 2005 I joined the LDS Church and have been doing volunteer work for the Church since then. I like to create easy, healthy meals using vegetables and fruits grown in the garden. Genealogy has become a passion. I also enjoy music, reading, travel, and gatherings with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Episcopal faith, but had not been a regular church attendee for years. After my husband passed away, I wanted to join a church. I attended several churches with family and friends. I prayed to know which church our Heavenly Father would have me join. I felt guided to join the LDS Church... a decision I have not regretted. I joke that my life began in 2005. In a way it did. As a member of the LDS Church I have become more familiar with Scriptures and have learned to apply lessons taught in ancient times to current life situations. I have become more familiar with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and His teachings, and have been able to apply His teachings in my daily living. I have had the opportunity to learn how to better love and serve others.

How I live my faith

At this time, my Church assignment is Provident Living Director. Provident Living is learning how to live within a budget, eat nutritious food, cook, sew, store food and water, and become self-reliant so that we are able to help others become self-reliant. As I read, I find recipes, ideas, and suggestions that I can forward to my Church members in a newsletter. I schedule cooking discussions and demonstrations as requested. In December I received an additional assignment, that of Primary Secretary. I help by keeping records current so others can focus on teaching the children who are between the age of 3 and 12. Genealogy is a very important task in the LDS faith. When I have nothing else scheduled, I am often on the computer searching for information about my family. As requested, I assist others with their family research. I look for opportunities to help others. At the end of a day, it is so exhilarating and satisfying to have had an opportunity to be a helping hand in the Lord's work.