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Hi I'm Jane

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Idaho and I went to school at BYU and University of Utah. I now live in AZ.

About Me

I am a mother and a grandmother of 10 grandchildren. I am a Medical Social Worker and currently work part time for Banner Hospice Inpatient Unit. I love to sew and for the past 5 years have volunteered my time to the Humanitarian Program making quilts, baby blankets, and children's back packs that are donated to families in need or to community programs. The back packs are given to a local police department Family Response Unit. When the officers respond to a call when children are in danger, the back packs are provided to the children so they can collect some clothes, a toy, or things that are important to them. Prior to our back packs, the children were give a black plastic bag in which to place their things. I also piece quilts for my own use and to give to my grandchildren when they are preparing to leave home for school. I love the colorful fabrics and enjoy the creative aspect of putting colors together in a pattern. I enjoy a study group with friends once a month and this year we are studying the Pulitzer Prize winners. I belong to a book group and enjoy reading non-fiction and memoirs where I can learn about real people and their lives. I live on a street in a small community of 47 homes. Twice a year we have a neighborhood picnic/cook out and keep connected to our neighbors that range in age from very young to the elderly.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon in a family as second child in a family of 7 children. I was my mother's helper as she always had meals to prepare and there were younger children to care for. My father was active in real estate and home building in Idaho. He served as my Bishop for 5 years. I had grandparents and cousins that lived close by. We had family reunions every 2 years in a beautiful forested area in north east Idaho. We connected with our cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents and learned of our heritage of ancestors that were hard workers and went through trials as they followed their faith and came to Utah and Idaho so they could live their religion and raise their families where the influence of the church was strong. I was fortunate to attend and graduate from BYU where my knowledge of the principles and doctrine of our church grew as I attended the religious classes each semester during my college years. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and the plan for our families. I love seeing my grandchildren grow in their spiritual feelings and life experiences. I know my Heavenly Father has a plan for me and I am doing my best to be faithful to the principles and doctrines of my church. I love to provide service to others and it is wonderful when an opportunity to serve is presented to me. I pray morning and night to give thanks for the blessings in my life and to be led to those who are in need of my time or care each day.

How I live my faith

I love to serve in my callings in my church where I have worked with young children, teenagers, adults and especially the women. I have learned so much from the women's lives and experiences. I love that I can be a visiting teacher and go into the homes of others in my church where I can connect with their lives and can find ways to share in our common love of our church and it's teachings. I love being married and having a companion to share my life. We attend church together each Sunday. When we travel we love to search out the local church service and to visit a congregation in the area. Some of the most memorable have been in Austria, Paris, New York City, and the English countryside where the church members sang the hymns with such enthusiasm and spirit that I felt blessed and spiritually charged just to be in their presence. I love working with the adults in my church where I can create and work on evenings of learning and association with each other. I feel there is so much that can be gained in your life by sharing life's normal ups and downs. I am so excited that a new temple is coming to the AZ area and we are enjoying the two year process of watching it being built just 5 miles from my home. I am planning to serve a mission for my church when my husband retires and look forward to sharing the gospel with others during that time.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

I have loved working the the church Humanitarian Program because the items we prepare go to all people in need irregardless of their faith or religion. Currently we are donating our items to our local communities and agencies in the Gilbert, Mesa, and Phoenix area. A favorite place to help is House of Refuge East, an agency that provides housing for 83 families that have been homeless and are now in school or working. Through this agencies help and counseling the families are able to create a solid family unit and an environment that will bless the lives of their children. Show more Show less