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Hi I'm Jane

I'm a mother of four children, including a son with special needs. I enjoy reading, traveling and running. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington DC area shortly before my birth. Although I love the east coast and have lived in Maryland, Virginia, New York City, and Boston, I now reside out west in Arizona. I went to undergraduate school at Brigham Young University where I studied economics. After a brief stint as an investment banking analyst on Wall Street, I went back to school for a Master's in political science. I have four children, including a set of identical twins. One of my twins has cerebral palsy, severe visual impairments and an extreme form of epilepsy. Although I have never been to medical school, I have certainly received a medical education since the birth of my son. In addition to the medical jargon, my experience with my son has taught me much about patience, hope and love.

Why I am a Mormon

I have experienced challenges that I never thought would come my way. My faith has carried me through the challenges and helped me to love life despite the trials I may face. My faith has taught me to learn from hard experiences and use them to mold my life and lift my spirit. Reading the scriptures each day gives me the strength to face hardships with a smile. Serving in the church helps me to get outside myself and focus on others who made need help. Attending church each Sunday helps me to feel a part of a sacred community--one in which people truly care about one another...and not just on Sundays. With the Gospel, my life is rich. I'm a Mormon because following Christ makes me feel a type of joy that I cannot feel any other way.

How I live my faith

I love serving the teenagers at church. Teaching the sixteen and seventeen year-old young women is a true privilege. These youth are making critical decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. I am so lucky to interact with them and to try to be a positive influence in their lives at this time. I try to help them evaluate their decisions with a long-term perspective, one in which they truly value their own worth and potential. Young woman today are faced with so many competing interests. Many voices call them to live for the moment or to do things for the praise of peers. I hope to help them see the joy I have experienced in following Christ and living the standards of the Gospel.