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Hi I'm Jan

I'm a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mom, a grandma, a runner, a teacher and a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a wonderful family, with 2 brothers and 1 sister in southern Alberta, Canada. My dad was a teacher/guidance counselor/vice-principal/principal of junior high and high schools as I was growing up so we always had him around during the summers, which I loved. My mom stayed home to raise us, but was a registered nurse, so education was important in my family. I understood at a very young age that music mattered a lot to me, so after lots of music growing up, I studied Music Ed at BYU for 4 years. It was there that I met my husband and we were married halfway through my Senior year. I didn't finish my schooling (only needed to student teach -- and I wondered why my parents were a little bit upset!) at that time because our oldest son arrived 11 mo. after we married. We eventually had 3 children, moved back and forth across the country for 25+ years and finally, in 2004, I completed my education at UNLV in Las Vegas.. I love music and children and that's where I find joy. It has been no surprise to discover that my sweetest blessings at this point in life are our 6 grandchildren. We have 4 that live literally around the corner, and I am part of their day-to-day life (even teach piano to the oldest!) and love those relationships. Our other 2 grandsons live 4 hours away so we get to see them fairly often too. I am in awe of what wonderful parents our children and in-laws are. They have all had challenges and have absolutely risen to meet them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon church, and truly cannot imagine my life any other way. There was a time when I was younger that I taught seminary (early morning gospel and scripture study for teenagers) and I think that's when my testimony was solidified. I know I've always had that testimony -- I think some people are just blessed to know, and I have always known. But as I studied the scriptures with these young people that I loved so much, the spirit made it clear to me that what I was teaching was truth. And I was so grateful for that reinforcement of what I already knew. I am grateful for daily spiritual reminders of what I know: when I see and love the beauty of the world around me, I am reminded. As I listen to children singing "I am a Child of God", I know that we are literally children of a God who loves each of us deeply. I know that Jesus came to be our example and to physically lay down His life for us, so that we may live with Him again. I think the testimony I have of forever families also helps me live my day-to-day life. We have all lost loved ones to death, and we will all eventually experience it ourselves and knowing we can all be together forever is what gets me through this life, which is not easy. I love this gospel and this church and know that all the precepts and teachings found here are true. I'm grateful for the sure knowledge that I have.

How I live my faith

Right now I am a counselor in our Stake Primary presidency, which means I help supervise the ward (congregation) Primary leaders. The Primary works with the children, which is where I love to serve. I spent many years working in the ward Primary and love to share time with the children, singing, teaching and doing anything that will help strengthen their testimonies and their grasp on the gospel teachings. I do a lot of music as well -- I accompany the ward choir right now and love to accompany any music that I can. I think the Spirit speaks strongly through the music of the gospel and that if we are quiet enough, we truly can hear those spiritual whispers through the music. I've also spent many years working with the youth of the church and love that as well. We have some wonderful young people (children and older) in the church, and they need the strength that having their testimony solidified can give them. I love the fellowship we feel in the ward. We have friendships develop that truly feel like families. There is always someone you can relate to or turn to if you have a need. And the reverse is also true - you can BE that help or friend when someone else needs you. Serving makes me happy and I am grateful that in the ward organization, there are many opportunities for service. I hope that we are good examples in our neighborhood. I know our neighbors notice that we are in and out most of Sunday and when the opportunity presents itself, we can talk to them about what it is we do and how we feel about the way we live.