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Hi I'm Jean

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in New York. I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother and a former elementray schoolteacher.

About Me

I was born and raised on the east coast but have lived most of my adult life in the West. After graduating from college, I taught elementary school until I married and started my family. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker and my family means everything to me. Since none of my children or grandchildren live close by, I try and find ways to stay connected with them from a distance and relish the time when we can be together in person. When my children were in school, most of my volunteer efforts centered around those schools. I helped in the health room, in the library, in the classroom, with fund raisers, and with the choir parents' organization. I have served in many positions in our congregation, including serving as president of our women's organization and also as president of our children's organization. Currently, I serve in our meetinghouse library and my husband and I also are the managers of our Church's food pantry here in our area. I love music, especially opera and other classical music. I enjoy playing the piano for my own entertainment and I sing in our congregation's choir. I spend time each day reading the scriptures and other good books and occasionally like to get lost in a good mystery. As I age, it continues to be a challenge to stay heathy and so I include an exercise program that I try to stick to on a regular basis.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both of my parents were members of the Church and as a matter of fact, my Mormon heritage extends back multiple generations. I had many ancestors who joined the Church in Great Britain or Europe and then emigrated to the United States. Some of them walked across the plains as pioneers and settled in the western part of the United States. I have been blessed to have access to some of their journals or family histories and so have become acquainted with many of their challenges and sacrifices. Some of these challenges and sacrifices were a direct result of their membership in the Church. In the area of the United States where I was born and raised, there were few Mormons. When I was growing up, my siblings and I were the only members in our schools. I accepted the standards and teachings my parents taught me both by word and example. When I went away to college and became more independent, I desired to know for myself that what I had been taught and believed was true. I devoted much time and effort in prayer and study and eventually received a calm, peaceful confirmation that the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true. I am able to talk with my Heavenly Father through prayer and receive blessings from Him. I know He loves me and sent His son Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Redeemer. I know from my own experience, and from the experiences of my family, that living the gospel is the way to experience true joy and happiness. My faith and beliefs have been an anchor to my soul during difficult times in my own life and as my husband, children, and grandchildren have struggled with life's challenges too. I'm grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who knows me and what I am going through and is always there for me.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ is the only perfect person who has lived on the Earth. By following His example, and because of His Atonement, we can return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father. I have found it to be a real challenge to develop a Christ-like character and develop the qualities He has, but it is something I continually strive for. One of Christ's defining traits was His service to others. During the different times and seasons of my life, I have tried to find ways to serve both within my congregation and in my community. I mentioned some of those ways in the above section "About Me" but here are some others. I've served as the block leader for our neighborhood association and distributed the newsletter it publishes. I've organized block parties and have made a special effort to welcome new neighbors on our street. I've donated blood, participated in community clean-up projects, knit bandages for leper colonies, volunteered at our Church's cannery, and organized a food drive for the Emergency Family Assistance Association here in our city. I've cared for the sick, visited nursing homes, tended children, prepared meals, and helped people pack and clean when moving. I've also provided transportation to doctor appointments and other places. Right now, I'm driving a young man to Boy Scouts each week because otherwise he wouldn't be able to attend. None of these services is Earth-shattering but I hope each has made a difference in someone's life. I know it has helped me put the challenges in my own life in perspective and has made me even more grateful for my many blessings.