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Hi I'm Jeanne

I am a wife, a mother of six, a grandmother and an emergency room nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a strong family with lots of siblings and wanted the same for my own family. My husband and I met on a blind date set up by some friends in college. I was smitten from the first. He wanted three children and I wanted more. We ended up with four beautiful daughters and two sons. I like to cook and garden, I always wanted to be a ski bum but became a mom instead. I gave my husband a tandem cruiser bike for our 34th anniversary so you might see us riding it around town. As our children grew and I was alone during much of the day I went back to school for a nursing degree. I finished at age 50 and began working in a busy ER in downtown Harrisburg, PA. It was an eye opening experience after my sheltered life at home. Working as a nurse has given me ample opportunity to practice compassion, understanding and charity. It also is a convenient outlet for my overdeveloped mothering skills. We recently moved back to Edmonds to be nearer to family. It has been fun for me to return home. Now I am closer to my brothers and parents and I am really enjoying the beauties of the Northwest and continue to practice nursing at Northwest Hospital.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with a long heritage of faithful Mormons, but like every teenager I wanted to find out for myself if what I had been taught during my childhood was true. After study and prayer and a few clumsy attempts to defend my beliefs to school friends, I realized that my prayers had been answered in tangible if quiet and sweet ways. The LDS church gives my life structure and meaning. My faith fills my life with hope, peace and joy.

How I live my faith

We renew baptismal promises each week during our sacrament service. Those promises include; a willingness to always remember the Savior, to stand as a witness of Him and to obey His commandments. I try to incorporate those promises in my interactions with the people I meet. By keeping those covenants in my mind and heart it is easier to treat my patients as brothers and sisters especially when they are very difficult. Those promises remind me to be a kinder wife to my husband, a better mother to my children and a more willing servant of the Savior. Our church gives us many opportunities to learn and serve through "callings". My callings have given me opportunities to teach sleepy teenagers in an early morning scripture class, try to discuss bible stories with wiggling four year-olds, serve fellow members in times of need and learn to plan and pull off activities as varied as girls camps and day long work shops for women to teenage dances and retreats. All of these have given me opportunities to serve and love people I would have never met or at least not easily befriended. These callings have driven me to seek my Heavenly Father in prayer for extra strength, wisdom and love. Each challenge has rendered answers and blessings beyond my imagination.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I hope that Mormon women are like your best friend. We are faithful, truthful and loyal. We love the Savior and try to follow his example. We believe that God has continued his pattern of speaking to his children through prophets. We participate in church meetings, classes, and councils. We hold positions of responsibility both in the community and the church. We value learning, family, faith. We enjoy all the the blessings provided by the priesthood and the temple regardless of our age or marital status. We feel valued as daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves us and by the organization that He has established on the earth to help teach and save His children. Show more Show less