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Hi I'm Jean

I'm a Mother of 7, a Grandmother of 12, a Girl Scout leader and a college professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to college on a music scholarship playing the violin as a nursing major. I ended up getting 2 degrees in Biology. That eventually led me to the great job I have now of teaching Biology, Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology at a Community College primarily to nursing majors. I feel I've come full circle teaching a new generation of nursing majors who are wonderful dedicated people. I'm delighted each time I see a former student in the hospital! I haven't always worked though. I was fortunate to meet a wonderful man who took me to the temple to be married forever. I was able to stay home for years and raise our family. We had 3 sons and adopted 3 daughters and another son. They are now grown giving us 12 grandchildren (with another on the way). Most of them live nearby so we have great family parties. We still have 3 kids at home to love being guardians for a 3, 4 and 12 year old. I'm also a Girl Scout Leader of Cadettes (6th, 7th and 8th grades). It's a good thing we love kids! I still love music although I have to admit I don't play the violin much any more (not enough time to do it all). I sing in the choir at school for the Messiah at Christmas time. I also play the piano on Sundays which gives me a good reason to practice. That music fills our home as I practice putting me in a good spirit to start my Sunday. I'm passing that skill on in piano lessons to one of my granddaughters. It's a delight to see her picking it up quickly and gaining a love of music.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Methodist in a family where my mother took us to church and Dad came on holidays. I first learned about the church when I was in college. There was a big snowstorm early in the fall and I walked downtown only to find the other churches were closed. I walked back to my apartment and my roommates convinced me to come next door with them to the Mormon Church. As I began to learn about the church I asked a lot of questions. I think I had always believed what the missionaries and my friends taught me about what God and Jesus are like. I went home over Christmas and checked a Book of Mormon out from the public library and started reading. As I prayed about it I got a strong answer that what I was learning about the church was true. I decided to join the church in a few months and have been happy that I did. One of the teachings that impressed me the most was that families could be sealed together for all eternity in the temple. I loved my family and wanted to see that continue. Even as a little girl I loved children and wanted to be a wife and mother. I can't express how much it meant to me when a wonderful man took me to the temple to be married for time and all eternity. How wonderful it is to have him by my side each Sunday at Church, not just for holidays. The children who were born to us after that temple marriage were sealed to us forever. We also had the opportunity to adopt 4 children who we also took to the temple for that eternal bond. It was such a special experience seeing them all dressed in white inside that beautiful building. One of our sons died when he was 19. It was the worst thing that has ever happened to us. It still makes me sad that he is gone, but it is comforting that we will see him again and be together as a family. I don't know how I would have been able to go on after his death without that knowledge.

How I live my faith

Our family goes to church together each Sunday. Those meetings help remind me of the things I need to be doing to be a better wife, mother and teacher. It helps me to walk in Jesus' footsteps as I strive to love Him and be his disciple. I play the piano for the women's meeting on Sundays. It helps me to keep in practice, or I think with a busy life it would be too easy to never get around to maintaining that talent. Sometimes I sing in the choir, but I have to admit that sometimes I don't make it to choir practice! I do sing with the college choir at Christmas time when we perform the Messiah. I'm also a visiting teacher. That means once a month I visit 3 other women in our church. It has helped us become better friends and help each other out when we've needed it. We also have ward parties. We look forward to the swimming party at the end of summer and the Christmas dinner. The friends we make at church help enrich our lives and that of our children.  I think prayer is an important part of our lives. I've been amazed at the sweet prayers our little 4 year old offers and the things he is thankful for. Often he asks for help so that we will be kind to each other. I learn so much from them. We love to read the scripture stories and sing songs together as the kids get ready for bed each night. I think service is a part of our lives as well. I'm a Girl Scout leader and they also believe in giving service. Sometimes that service is just to our family and friends. Sometimes it's a small part of a bigger service project. Each summer we all buy new clothes for kids in our town who's families can't afford them. This is so they can start back to school wearing something new. It can be making quilts or hats for cancer patients or bandages for leprosy patients or emergency kits for disaster victims. This helps us serve others and make our world a better place, one small step at a time.