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Hi I'm Jeanie

I grew up in Philadelphia, Pa. I love animals. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Philadelphia as part of a family of five where I was the youngest of three kids. After graduating college with a degree in Asian Studies, I went to live and teach English in Japan for three years. It was an awesome experience, but I was happy to come back to the States. The things I miss the most about the Japan are the food and the friends I made there. When I returned to the States, I went back to school to become a veterinary technician. I've had a lifelong love of animals and I was finally able to put that to good use. Now, I'm back in school to get an MIS degree so that I can work on the IT side of healthcare. I am currently married to a very good man that I met online and we are expecting twins. We have two cats that run our household and have done a great job of putting smiles on our faces every day. I enjoy working out, needlepoint, origami, reading, writing, and playing video games.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I've always believed in God. I was raised Baptist, though my family didn't go to church very often. I ended up having trouble accepting organized religion as I grew up and could not really understand or accept the existence of Jesus as the savior. While I was living in Japan, I was introduced to this church, but at the time I was not ready to receive the gospel and there was a bit of a language barrier to contend with. The second time I came into contact with missionaries was back in the States, but my worldview was in the process of changing and I was not quite ready to receive the gospel yet. Finally, as my husband and I began to talk more about starting a family, I began to feel the urge to seek out a church to join so that I could raise my children with the Christian values that I realized I had benefited from in my life. Around this time, the missionaries came knocking on our door and I decided to listen to what they had to say. What I heard finally helped me to understand the atonement and to accept Jesus as the savior, and because I now believed in Him, I decided to get baptized. I feel that being a Saint is helping me to grow as a person and has helped my marriage to grow stronger, even though my husband is an atheist. I know that it will help me to be a good mother to our children, and to become a better member of our community as I learn to focus less on myself and focus more on how I can be of service to others. I know that God loves us all and wants the best for us and this knowledge has truly been a comfort to me.

How I live my faith

Almost at the same time as I joined the church, I became pregnant for the first time with twins. Because of that I have been pretty limited in the amount of ways I can participate in our ward. I also have not yet received a calling. I have been open to helping out in any way I can, though, and I've done some small things like driving other people to church and visiting a house with the missionaries to help spread the gospel. I have been asked about doing some visiting teaching soon and I am looking forward to that opportunity. I am sponsoring a child in Ecuador, and I'm glad to be able to help him and his mother though it is unlikely that I'll ever get to meet them in person. Receiving his letters and pictures brings much joy to my heart and I thank God for this opportunity to help a child in need. I am also a member of a mothers of multiples club and I'm looking forward to when I can help other mothers in need.