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Hi I'm Jeanne

I'm a Mormon. I'm a Connecticut Yankee, a convert, a wife, a mother, a retired teacher who loves doing my family genealogy.

About Me

When my twin and I were born two months prematurely, we were given ten days to live. After over 80 wonderful years, each day is a gift for which I thank my Heavenly Father and my parents. I’m a Connecticut Yankee, raised by New Yorkers, living on alien soil. I'm a Democrat in a Republican state. I am a wife, a mother of 3 sons and 2 daughters of each of whom I am very proud. They are each unique, delightful adults. I loved to teach: in school, in church, everywhere; I wear the mark of the breed. I loved to teach beginning reading, classroom reading, remedial reading. I earned a masters degree with a specialization in reading. I love words, and write letters, do crossword puzzles, play Boggle with my husband,. We both love live theater. I find answers in books because none of my problems are unique and many others have written solutions which I can use. The books which changed my life the most were The Book of Mormon and The Bible. I’m addicted to chocolate and to family history and genealogy.

Why I am a Mormon

At twenty, I was hired as a teacher 400 miles from home. My philosopher Daddy advised that I “get a religion because the community will expect it of you.” The first Sunday, I asked my landlady if I could go to church with her. She said, “You can if you like, but we’re Mormons.” I thought, “I’ve been called odd and queer before and one Sunday won’t hurt.” After 5 months of regular attendance, of “Mormon watching,” and the missionary lessons, I joyfully joined the church. My faith has been strengthened as I taught in Primary and Relief Society, listen to Conference and re-read the talks, and seek opportunities to serve God by serving His children.

How I live my faith

Growing up my twin, at nine, determined there was no God and is an atheist. I didn’t know. A true Agnostic says that it is unknowable, but I just didn't know and I wanted to know. I turned to poetry for spiritual strength and especially loved Abou Ben Adam who told the angel, “Write me as one who loves my fellow men.” In church, I love the hymn “Have I done any good in the world today?” and love to review the ways I can answer that question positively before I go to sleep at night and again when I wake in the morning after thanking my Heavenly Father for "one more day." Paul taught beautifully of Charity: the pure love of Christ. Each day I pray that I can not only do good, but that I be loving, can be filled with the pure love of Christ. Prayer, study, genealogy and temple work, many things are important, but it is the pure love of Christ which fills my heart with joy.