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Hi I'm Jan

I am a wife, a mother of 5, a kindergarten teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second of five siblings and grew up in a large extended LDS family that loved the gospel of Jesus Christ. I loved to play sports and enjoy music. I had the blessing of growing up in a ward and stake that raised many good youth and guided us to live the teachings of Jesus Christ each day. I married a wondeful young man, we both graduated from Brigham Young Univeristy with multiple degrees and enjoy a family of 5 great children! I have the opportunity to have taught many more young children as an educator. I have taught seventeen years of children from 4 years old to 13 years old. Teaching brings me joy. Whether it be a young child or an adult, the thrill I feel when I can teach something to someone else is exhilerating, but my hope is that each will come away with a feeling that someone cares for them. Life has been a journey of hopes and dreams. Not always has it been the path that I have chosen but I know that I have been lead to do the things that I have done because I am being watched over by a loving Heavenly Father who wants me to be the best that I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

In the beginning I was a Mormon because my family was Mormon. As I grew and gained a simple but powerful testimony of Jesus Christ, I became a Mormon because of the teachings that were taught to me. I could see for myself the truthfulness of the words of prophets of old and the messages that were whispered to me through the Holy Ghost as I needed direction and guidance through my young years. As I became an adult, I am a Mormon because I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and the opportunities I have received through living the commandments and enjoying the blessings of keeping the covenants I have partaken of. I am a Mormon because I love what it has done for me and my husband and for my family. I am a Mormon because the teachings of Jesus Christ make sense for living a happy life. I am a Mormon because when I share my testimony that I know that God lives and Jesus is His Son, I feel the power of truth and peace within me telling me this is true.

How I live my faith

I quietly live my faith through the person who I am. I am not one that shouts from the mountain tops but will whisper the teachings of the gospel through what I do and who I know I am -- a daughter of a Heavenly Father. Through my actions I hope that I can teach the message of Jesus Christ to those I meet each day. By living and keeping the commandments, by speaking the words of peace and happiness, by showing love, hope and charity to others I can share my faith and belief of the Savior Jesus Christ. Through the power of listening and praying for the right words to say, I live my faith by guiding and directing those who come to me for help. As a leader of youth for many years, I had the opportunity to help them see the great potential they had to be a leader themselves. As I teach the youth I want them to understand that they are capable of great things. That they can be someone important and that they can be good. I am blessed with the opportunity to work each day with children and I pray each day that I can teach them the important things in life and see the possibilities that await them in the future.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Death is not a sad time. Do I fear death? Yes, only because I love my family so much that I always want to be near their side. My 95 year old Grandfather recently passed away. It has been difficult to believe that he is not still here with us. I wish to see him and talk to him as I did many times but I know that he is alive and happy and with those that he loves that have gone on before him. I know that life goes on after this experience we call earth life. I know that nothing ends but moves on. I believe that we will see our loved ones again in a perfect state, that we will continue the friendships and love that we have strengthen here on earth. I am so grateful to understand these teachings of the gospel and that I too will stand with those that have gone before me being resurrected and whole, spirit and body, to continue God's plan for me. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

I was lucky enough to grow up in an area that was prominent with Mormon families. I have been blessed to have a large extended family that is very strong in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have sent many missionaries to preach and teach the children of the world. I have also been a part of schooling and work force that not many understand what a Mormon is and why I would want to be a Mormon. I find happiness in the life that I live with my husband and children by my side. I find happiness in the teachings of the gospel that guide my family each day to do what is right and make choices that will lead us to be honest and true. It is difficult at times when decisions need to be made knowing that some will look at me as a prude or a self-righteous person, but I have never been placed in a situation that when I asked God for help to do what is right that the situation has not turned out better than what I could have come up with on my own. We are looked at to be different but we are not. We are your neighbor who wants to help, your co-worker who wants to do what is right and honest, your teacher that prays for the best way to teach you each day, and your boss that hopes that his influence will make your job less stressful. Being a Mormon is hardly easy but worth it in every way. Show more Show less