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Hi I'm Jeanette

I love learning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a young child I lived in a home full of learning experiences. As an older child I began studying the violin, and ballet. I loved the personal expression and friendships that those lessons brought. In college I studied another language and another culture while abroad. I also studied human development and family relations, improving in my role as a member of a family, and preparing for my future as a wife and mother. Since college my husband and I have started our own family, which now includes three young boys. I've spent time learning homemaking skills. My husband and I love cooking and enjoying food together. Our learning adventures in self-reliance include keeping chickens and a beehive in our small-city backyard. We've also learned to produce some of our own food and home goods. It's not all "practical" learning as I've enjoyed participating in classes on cake decorating and stained glass as well. I enjoy reading with my children, and for myself, including fiction and non-fiction. And love quality film as well--in all things recognizing that truth, and knowledge, and beauty are all gifts from our Heavenly Father. I work to study my scriptures ever more diligently and have taken opportunities to enjoy Institute classes past graduation. I love the promise from our Heavenly Father that the intelligence we gain in this life will rise with us in the next, and enjoy the feelings of personal expansion that come with learning something new.

Why I am a Mormon

From a young age I gained a strong testimony that God knew me and cared about me. As I have grown and my relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have deepened and expanded. I am able to feel it very specifically when my life is out of alignment with what the Lord would have it be. My life feels the most right as I work to improve myself, draw near unto God and His Son, follow the council of church leaders and inspiration, and become "an example of the believers."

How I live my faith

I work daily to fulfill the covenants I have made with the Lord concerning my relationship with my husband, and the raising of the children I have been blessed with. I look for opportunities for learning and personal growth through the responsibilities I am asked to take on in our local congregation. I share my feelings--which include my testimony and principles of doctrine--honestly in conversations with people I meet and online.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Anyone can go to the temple who is recommended by their bishop, after they have participated in the preparatory ordinances, including baptism, and lived according to the laws required for temple admittance. In temples we receive ordinances necessary to return to live in God's presence. A part of receiving the ordinances is making additional promises to the Lord, binding us by covenant to follow laws found in the scriptures and the teachings of the gospel. The temple is a second stage of ordinances and covenants with the Lord. It only makes sense that only when you've completed the first stage, are you ready to move on to the second. The Lord wants everyone to come to the temples, it just has to be according to the steps He has outlined. Show more Show less

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

Many of the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints help it's members to maintain agency of the freedom to choose and act for ones self. This is why we abstain from addictive substances and behaviors, and also one reason why we practice self-reliance. The world and it conditions are always uncertain. When we live in a way that we can provide for a lot of our own needs, and when we have food and tools stored away for times of emergency we are less dependent on others in a time of need. We are able to act as we choose and follow where the Holy Spirit directs us. Another reason we are commanded to become self-reliant is so that we can have the means to serve and help others as the Spirit directs. In a way, our "cup" of preparedness becomes so full that our resources, or skills overflow to be a blessing to those around us as well. Show more Show less