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Hi I'm Jan

I am an Idaho-born, mother of 3, grandmother of 10, retired Police Chief and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate of Arizona State University with a BS in Sociology and a Masters in Public Administration. When I was 19, I began working for a US Congressman and eventually worked as a police officer for 28 years, both in Phoenix, and then later in Mesa. In 1998, I became Chief of Police in Mesa and retired in 2002. Currently, I stay busy playing with my 10 grandkids, working as the executive director for the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, and serving in my ward. Until I got too old, I loved to play softball. I love to camp and read and travel. I especially love San Diego. I am so lucky to have all of my children and grandchildren living within 6 miles of my home. We get together often and I love to support my grandkids at their sporting and music events. I have the world's best parents and siblings and enjoyed growing up on a farm in rural Idaho where I learned the value of hard work. I thoroughly enjoy my life and find great joy in living in this day and age.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a Mormon and have been an active member my entire life. I cannot imagine my life without the Gospel. The happiness that it brings and the fulfillment I find in following the counsel of our living prophet, are what keep me balanced. I love reading the scriptures and find answers to many of life's questions there. I have a firm testimony of Joseph Smith and his translation of The Book of Mormon. The church to me, is part of my family and I love knowledge that I can rely on church members no matter my circumstances or location. The greatest aspect of the Gospel to me is that families are eternal and that this life is just a moment of time compared to the time that we will have together as a family in the eternities. I am so grateful for my children who have found wonderful spouses and are raising their children righteously.

How I live my faith

I have served in many aspects of the church. Presently, I am an instructor in the women's organization. I love insuring that all of the ladies in our ward have help in times of need and receive Gospel instruction weekly. I love the fact that I was taught very young not to smoke, drink and use drugs. It was wonderful to have that counsel as a very young person and its benefits have carried into my later years as I have remained fairly active and healthy. I enjoy daily personal scripture study and prayer and find much comfort in doing these things. I attend church each Sunday and love to listen to the hymns and the talks given by other church members. I love partaking of the sacrament each week to renew my baptismal covenants.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Mormons have been taught to work hard and to not rely on other people or on the government for the necessities. There is a strong emphasis on working hard and gaining an education. Mormons are encouraged to maintain a food storage for their families for a two year period. Many members maintain their own gardens and can their foods. Being self reliant gives church members a wonderful feeling of security, knowing their families will be provided for in any emergency. Show more Show less