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Hi I'm Jan

I'm a Mormon, a mom, a wife,a grandma, a friend, a volunteer

About Me

I grew up in Southern California, near the beach. After high school I attended BYU where I met my husband who was not a member of the church either. In time, we both recognized truth in the gospel and were baptized. We finished our educations and then, with our little baby girl went to live in Switzerland. There we traveled and fell in love with the beauties of Europe. After returning, we eventually made our home in Washington and became active in our Ward here. We have loved being members of the church and have raised seven children with the values we learned as we studied the principals of the gospel. I loved being a mother and am now a grandmother of many. I love to serve the senior community as I volunteer in a nursing home, and I love to read a wide variety of books. We still enjoy traveling and have had the chance to see much of the world. I still love the out of doors and am happiest when we're at our cabin up near the Canadian border. We are very close to our family and cherish each one of them.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be a member of the church because as a young woman in my teens I was subconsciously looking for answers to the questions, "Why am I here? Where did i come from?, and Where am I going?" When I heard the gospel plan it felt like I had arrived home. Everything simply fell into place. While I don't understand all things, godly, and I have many unanswered questions, I have found peace and joy in following the plan I accepted as true some 45 years ago. I have never had any doubts that this was a great way for me to live my life. Sometimes I have found people to be negative about the church, but for some reason I have not had doubts or difficulties. I know Heavenly Father loves me and wants me to be happy. I feel peace when I do what He asks me to do, and for the large part have found most people in the church to feel likewise. It has been a good good life. I have had the blessing of being able to put unanswered questions on a "shelf" and know one day I will see many things more clearly. I love attending church activities and educational opportunities abound. Within my faith I have made wonderful friends over the years, and they are my true extended family on whom I could count on for everything I might ever need. We stand together in all things and I never feel alone.

How I live my faith

I try to be at church somewhere every week. Sometimes because I am in my 60's it might mean going to another Ward elsewhere, but I love going anywhere I might be. There is always something new to learn. I try and serve in some way wherever I am called. Right now that involves helping visit women who need personal contact every month. I have worked with the young women in the church camping program, taught Sunday School for adults and children, organized activities and taught in the women's organization, played the piano, and served in many many other ways. I love attending classes, reading about gospel principals, and otherwise expanding my knowledge of God's plan. I also love sharing my beliefs with my family and anyone who asks me what I cherish in this life.