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Hi I'm Jean

I'm a Mormon convert.

About Me

I am a mother of 5 children, ranging in age from 9 to 29. I have been married a couple of times....currently married to my eternal companion for 12 years. I joined the church when I was 18. After a couple of years I became inactive. I remarried and after about 10 years I realized I had everything or so I thought, but wasn't happy. My children went to church with their grandparents and as I saw their happiness when they returned from church I realized that Christ is what was missing from my life. I made the decision to go back to church 12 years ago. That was the best decision I have ever made! I found peace in my life, self worth, and love. By strengthening my relationship with my Heavenly Father and realizing the love he has for me, I have found a new desire to be a better person and parent and to fully commit to show my appreciation for the example and sacrifice offered by Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't grow up going to any church. There was no bible or mention of God in my home growing up. It's not that my parents didn't believe in God....He just wasn't a part of their lives. When I met my first husband he was an inactive member of the LDS church. After we married I took the missionary discussions and joined more for his family than for myself. I believed the teachings and agreed with the standards and values but I didn't have the faith or understanding needed to fully commit myself to this lifestyle. Shortly after the marriage ended I became inactive. I knew I would return some day, but I also knew that when I did that I needed to be ready to fully commit. I fully believe that Christ came to this earth to be an example for us, so we could follow his example, not so we could shrug it off. I also believe that it is only through him that we can be saved from our sins. He organized His church in his day, the way he did, for a reason and that this is the only modern day church that is organized in the same way. He gave us the Holy Ghost to help us know the truth, not so we could interpratate His writings and teachings and try to figure it out for ourselves. The Book of Mormon is an amazing book, that is so easily understood and relates so much to the things that are going on in our day and it helps me to understand the teachings in the Bible more fully. It truly is another testamant of Jesus Christ. To know that we, His children, have not been left in this world to fend for ourselves is so reassuring! He has given us a living prophet and apostles to help guide and direct His church. They are men, like all of us, who face the same trials and are expected to follow the same standards and teachings as we are. If they challenge us to read the Book of Mormon, they do it too. They hold family home evening, family prayer and scripture study, etc. They are men called of God to guide and direct Gods people through direct revelation from Him.

How I live my faith

My family and I try to participate in ward and stake activities as often as we can. When we do we feel more connected to our ward family. We especially love service projects! I love the sisters I am assigned to visit teach. I often find I learn more from them than I could ever possibly teach them! Visiting teaching is not only a way to serve others but it forms bonds and friendships that may never have otherwise been formed. Another thing I love about this church is that everyone is called to serve...no one has a special degree or any special qualifications to fulfill their callings. They are all like you and I...called of God to help serve and teach each other. Everyone....from the prophet all the way down to the ward level...we are all equal in Gods eyes. No one is paid with money...only with blessings given by our Heavenly Father. I have been called to serve in capacities that I felt completely inadaquit to serve in but with the guidance of the Holy Ghost and the encouragement of others I have always quickly figured things out. 1 Nephi, chapter 3, verse 7 is my favorite scripture to recall when I am called to serve in a new "scary" calling. " ...I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." And he always does prepare a way, especially when we serve with a willing and happy heart. The same can be said of serving each other. It can be hard sometimes to reach out to others, to introduce yourself to someone new, etc. But He always prepares a way and blesses you....always!