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Hi I'm Jean

I've lived most of my life in the northern Midwest. I've begun a new adventure as a patriot runner and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being a mother of five keeps me very busy! It's tricky to fit in the things that make me who I am. So, aside from spending most of my time with my family, I love to run, ride horse, water garden, enjoying our animals (dog, cats, horses, hamster, birds, fish), playing the flute, photography, and learning all I can. I'm a goal setter. That's what motivates me. I've just begun a new adventure of running road races with an American flag. I'm thankful for being free and ever so grateful for those who have fought to keep this country free. I love beaches, water, mountains, prairies, and sunsets. My husband and I enjoy going to outdoor summer concerts, playing cribbage, biking, and taking nice longs walks on warm summer nights. Our family likes to travel, camp, skip rocks, play with remote control cars, ride ATV's, play music, and watch movies.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was 8 by my older brother. I have always believed in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I remember always having faith that I would get help when I would ask for it. My parents divorced when I was 7. It was hard for me to understand this. I made Heavenly Father my lifeline. I know he listened then and I know he listens now. As an adult, I have gained a greater appreciation and testimony for the atonement of Jesus Christ. He died for everyone so we could have the opportunity to repent of our mistakes, and have a clean slate. I love what the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches. It is complete. I believe the temple of Jesus Christ is a sacred and comforting place that my husband and I attend as much as we can. I know that families can be sealed together for all time and eternity. I know that Jesus is my Savior and Redeemer. He lives. Someday, if I have lived righteously, I will get to live with Him again.

How I live my faith

Our family has recently returned from a two and a half year mission to another branch (smaller congregation). When we were first called to attend this branch, which is 40 miles away, some of our children weren't too happy. As we traveled that distance 2 sometimes 3 times a week, we soon realized how important the Lord's work is. We learned to love and were loved in return. We learned that as we sacrificed our time to serve, we were blessed in many ways. I taught children gospel lessons, and music. My husband was in a leadership position for the branch. My older boys were leaders in their respective aged Sunday school classes. The branch added many members while we were there. Our kids made some great friends, as did my husband and I. It was very hard for us to leave. That was an experience our family will never forget. Now that we are back in our home ward ( a larger congregation), I have an opportunity to teach youth, once a week, the Old Testament. My husband will be helping with the young men's group. Our boys all help with the sacrament ordinance every Sunday. Which means they either bless or pass the bread and water which is passed to every congregation member. We try our best to be kind, helpful, trusting, honest, and hard working. We also try to do things on Sunday that is family and/or Christ orientated. It is very difficult sometimes to say no to certain activities that are held on Sunday, but we always find that we are blessed and respected because of it. Our children have learned that standing up for their morals and beliefs only make them stronger and more respected by their friends and people around them.