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Hi I'm Jeanette

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a native Arizonan. Schooling was always very important to my parents and as a result I went to Brigham Young University and got a Bachelors degree and became an elementary teacher. Over the last twenty years I have taught 1st grade, 5th grade and the gifted program for students in 4th-6th grades. I am a mother of four and a grandmother of twelve. My husband was also a high school teacher and coach. Our children were very involved in sports and we tried to never miss one of their games. I love teaching because it makes me feel like I am making a difference in a child's life. My parents were both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and raised me in the church. My husband and I have raised our children in the church also. One of my sons has had several kidney transplants throughout his life and several years ago I had the privilege of donating one of my kidneys to him. The gift of life is an amazing thing. As a family we enjoy camping, fishing, and seeing new places together.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that I am a Mormon today because of the wonderful choices that my parents made and the example that they gave me to follow. They allowed me to be raised in the church but there comes a time for all of us when we must truly know for ourselves that the church we belong true is the right one. I remember my parents taking me up to conference in Salt Lake City and President David O. Mckay (one of our past prophets) walked by and I got to shake his hand. As I looked up at him the feeling came over me so strongly that he was a prophet of God. Later as I was reading the Book of Mormon I came to the part in Moroni where we are told if we pray and ask if this is true, we will receive a confirmation. I took this to heart and knelt down and asked my Father in Heaven if the church and the things that were written in the Book of Mormon were true and I received the calm, peaceful feeling that let me know it was. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he translated the Book of Mormon. The church was restored to the earth through him and the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ just like the Bible. I know that Christ lives and loves me and wants us to be happy. He has provided a way for me to be able to return and live with Him again and to be with my family for all eternity. That is the greatest gift of all.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities in the church. I spent many years teaching music to the young children. I also had the privilege of working with the teenage girls and teaching them lessons on Sunday and meeting with them during the week for various activities. Being in charge of Girls Camp for over 200 teenage girls was one of the highlights. It seems like whether I am working with young children, teenagers, or teaching a lesson to adults, I feel like I am always the one who learns the most because of the time and preparation I have to put into the things I am asked to do. I try to be an example to those around me, especially by the things that I say and do. I was fortunate enough to be able to go and serve with my husband in the prison ministries. I was very scared the first time that we went to visit but I soon found out that The Lord loves those people just as much as He loves me. They came each week eager to be taught and wanting to know how to make changes in their lives. While our children were growing up we tried each day to read the scriptures as a family and once a week we would meet together on Monday night and have a lesson and play a game. Family is the center of everything in our home and religion.