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Hi I'm Jeanine

I'm a homeschool mom. My three children attended my college graduation. I try to live lightly on the earth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a homeschool mom, a student of comparative religion, a wife, and a friend. I graduated college with 3 kids in tow and hope to yet attend graduate school. I meditate, light incense, try to eat healthy, am politically active, and wear pants to church. I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church but had some very negative early experiences in it. I choose to be a Mormon because in spite of all the challenges, I know the Gospel is true. I have felt God's love for me, the power of the Atonement to heal and mend, and I want to share that. There is so much suffering in the world, within our hearts, homes, and communities. The Savior has felt that pain. He loves us. That's why I'm a Mormon. Because despite the imperfections of individual members, Christ's Gospel has been restored and is found in its fullness here. We can trust Him. We can surrender our hearts to Him who will hold them safe and find peace in Him. He is here, so I am here.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reaching out to those around me with respect for different traditions. I seek to build interfaith bridges, celebrating common values and working towards common goals. I have worked significantly with those who are mentally ill and have a passion for helping them to be included in the Church community as children of God with valuable contributions to make. I believe in the Savior's power to heal and work to help those who are trying to recover from past trauma. I study the New Testament and Book of Mormon watching for how the Savior treated others, and who He spent His time with, and then seeking to follow His example. I teach my own children to be sensitive to those who often find themselves along the edges, to draw them in and love them as the Savior would, without regard for what the rest of the crowd may be doing. I believe that by serving others, we serve God. My heart is drawn to community service projects, whether that's sewing quilts for disaster victims or ministering to those who feel 'left out' somehow. The Savior taught us to love God and love others. I live my faith by trying to do that and hopefully by influencing others in that direction.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Attending church is comparable to attending a Catholic mass or Protestant sermon on Sunday. We partake of the Sacrament, (think 'communion') listen to sermons by lay members, and attend sunday school classes. Church attendance is open to all who wish to come. The temple is a more sacred and holy experience, reserved for those prepared for a deeper commitment to living the Gospel. One's first time to the temple as an adult is for making personal covenants with God about your willingness to obey Him and receiving special blessings for doing so, including the opportunity to live with our family members throughout eternity. We want these great gifts to be available to all of Heavenly Father's children who have lived on the earth but who may not have had the opportunity in life to participate in these sacred ordinances themselves. Therefore, once we have been to the temple initially on our own behalf, we can return to act in behalf of someone who has passed from this life. We believe that in the next life, that person will be given the opportunity to accept or reject this offering of their own free will. In returning to the temple, we not only offer these gifts to others, we renew our own commitments and find peace and solace in the holiness of the temple, where the Spirit of God may be felt very strongly. Going to the temple deepens our faith and helps us find answers to our prayers. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

The church teaches that a woman has the right to choose whether or not to be a mother but that that decision belongs before conception and not after. If, due to rape, she was denied that choice prior to conception, she retains that right afterwards. Show more Show less