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Hi I'm Jeanne

I'm a 5th generation Arizona native. I'm a family history enthusiast. I'm a mother of 8 and grandmother of 29. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoyed my time as a mother, raising 5 girls and 3 boys. I think I was ready for that step in my life after graduating from college, taking some graduate classes, teaching high school one year, and working using my business education skills. Some of my fondest life's memories are of the time we had a houseful of active, fun kids with busy days taking us in many different directions with activities. When we had 3 in high school at the same time, our house was the place their friends enjoyed coming to. I love music (singing and playing piano), and a lot of our activities as a family involved music, including performing for old folks in homes. There were so many of us that we were even able to perform "Do-Re-Mi" from "Sound of Music"! My children and grandchildren know of my love for music, and so for my recent 71st birthday they gave me a "performance" gift. I appreciate their willingness to share their talents. They even got together a few years ago to perform our family's version of "Les Miserables" in concert. Now that my husband and I are 'empty nesters', I am very involved with family history (genealogy) and volunteer two days a week at a regional center. I have pioneer ancestry who helped settle the West, mainly Utah and Arizona. I love collecting their stories. It gives me motivation to carry on their legacy.

Why I am a Mormon

One might think that I had no choice in being a Mormon since the most recent convert in my direct line was in 1882, this family coming from the Missouri/Arkansas area. Most of my ancestors were converted in the 1830s, 1840s, and 1850s, coming mainly from the northeastern United States, England, and Denmark. This definitely put me on the right track, but I could not be my own person without developing a testimony of my own and understanding why I was a Mormon. My first 'seeking' came when I was about 15 or 16. I had not yet read the Book of Mormon through on my own. So one day I decided that's what I wanted to do. As I read through its pages, my heart swelled with testimony, and in many places my eyes swelled too, with tears of joy and conviction readily flowing. It was about this same time in my life when one day at church the congregation was singing "I Stand All Amazed" (a hymn about what the Savior has done for me, atoning for my sins so that I may one day again dwell with Him and our Father in Heaven.) Here again the tears flowed with my heart swelling within me, testifying to me that the words of that song were true. I was now feeling the strong conviction that the church is indeed the true restored gospel of my Savior Jesus Christ. I need not rely on the testimony of my courageous and faithful ancestors, for I had my own testimony.

How I live my faith

There are daily things that I do to help nourish my faith and keep it strong. I kneel each morning and each night to 'talk' to my Heavenly Father in prayer, thanking Him for my enumerable blessings and asking for guidance for me and my family. I read from the scriptures almost every day. It constantly amazes me that I am so frequently able to find answers through the scriptures. I love them! I love getting with family members (extended and immediate) for special occasions, holidays, family home evenings where we share lessons and experiences together, family reunions, and just to be together! I frequently play the organ for church meetings, and I currently teach young 2-3 year olds each Sunday. They are so innocent and eager to learn. In the past I have taught and worked with teenagers, children, scouts, and women as I have served in different assignments I have been called to do in the Church. I have found it to be true that you love those you serve, and that by forgetting yourself and serving others, you are a happy person. One way I am currently serving that brings much joy is helping others find out who they are by finding their ancestors and how they are all connected. I believe that we can be together as families in the eternities, and it's nice to get to know those families here before we meet them on the other side.