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Hi I'm Jean

I'm a Mormon. My parents and great-grand parents were also Mormons for many generations back.

About Me

I have been happily married to an awesome man since 1980. He is a retired CWO3 (warrant officer) in the Navy and currently a director of a knowledge management center at a hospital. I am proud that he plays an important part in the life-saving team by teaching and finding valuable resource information for doctors and interns. I am the mother of four handsome, grown-up sons whom I love very much. My oldest son is married to a lovely woman from Canada. My next-born son is a hardworking co-manager at a department store. The last two sons are twins. One son is a talented computer graphics designer and the other is a very intelligent student going for his doctorate at a large university. I teach Sociology and Psychology at a local university. I love teaching important subjects such as gender, marriage, and family, etc., and giving support and guidance to my students. I view the human condition as each person has an inherent goodness and capacity for responsible self-direction. I encourage my students to make informed choices and realize that their perception and belief systems form the window to their world. I believe we are all free to refocus and redirect our views as we gain further knowledge if we so choose. Knowledge is enlightenment and gives us power to transform our lives and make them healthier and happier.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, but I was not converted until I was 25 years old. Most people are converted slowly as they learn the truths of the gospel; but it was different for me. I always lived my religion as a youth and I guess I believed; but at that time, it was not a priority. I married someone not of my faith and afterwards I quite going to church. I was inactive for about 5 years and then I had what I consider a miracle happen to me. I had been praying to my Heavenly Father to help me to be a better mother. I had not been around little babies before and now I had this new little son and I wanted to be a good mother, but I didn't know how. One day I was away from home in a crowded public place and as I looked over the crowd of strangers, it was as if I had a glimpse into their lives. I don't mean to make it sound like it was more than it was, but there were 3 distinct strangers that it was like I knew all about them. They were married and had a family, but they were not doing what they were supposed to be doing. And I also knew if they did not stop going down the current road they were traveling that they would be divorced and lose their families. But that was not the real miracle. The real miracle was the room got light and a total change came over me. It was a 180-degree change in my way of thinking. I knew that I had to make certain changes in my life and return and be active in the LDS church again. At that time, I was also given a gift from God for I knew with a sure conviction that I could and would return and follow my Savior. I remembered that in Relief Society, a LDS women’s organization, they had mother-training lessons and I knew if I wanted to be a good mother and wife this was the best place to learn. Relief Society is better than any university class in teaching people how to create an eternal family unit. So I returned and have been totally committed to my Savior and my faith ever since.

How I live my faith

Since my conversion, I have held many positions in the church and had opportunities for growth. I am currently a Visiting Teaching Leader. I have been a Temple Worker; Counselor in the Relief Society; Secretary of the Sunday School, Special Interest group, and Relief Society. I especially appreciate the opportunities the church gives me for giving humanitarian aid in my community, my country, and overseas. For many years, I have taught children of all ages in Primary and adults in Gospel Doctrine and Relief Society. In fact, I actually learned to teach through my church callings more than from going to college. I am very grateful for my membership in the church. It has given me more than I can ever repay. The teachings of the gospel have helped me to be a better mother, wife, and person. I have been given the opportunity to serve and love other people. There is love and hope in my heart as I look to the future even though I know that the times ahead of us will be difficult. But most important of all through my activity in the LDS church, I have gained a testimony and love of my Savior and my Heavenly Father and a hope for eternal life for me and my family.