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Hi I'm JoLane

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As long as I can remember I have been a musician. I have been greatly blessed in my musical career to be a pianist, a music instructor, a choral conductress and singer, a vocal coach and musical arranger for music theater and many beautiful church events. I lead our women's auxiliary in our church area, and each Tuesday morning, I help scramble thirty-five dozen eggs for a local food kitchen. My dear husband and I have a "his-and-hers" family of five children, twelve-and-a-half grandchildren, and five-and-a-half great-grandchildren. I treasure good friends, church service opportunities, my morning walks, inspiring concerts, fine books, crossword puzzles, travel, and learning something new! It is a rich life, indeed.

Why I am a Mormon

As the cliche states, "I grew up in the Church." I was endowed with a strong LDS heritage: my parents, grandparents, all of my great-grandparents, and many "greats-greats" were Church members. The older generations were amongst the early pioneers of faith and gumption who survived the trials of the early Church and helped settle the Utah territory and southern Canada (Alberta). In my own family of origin, we read scriptures (Bible and Book of Mormon), attended Sabbath meetings regularly, and prayed as a family each morning. I was baptized at age eight, and confirmed a member of Church at that time. With a child's understanding, I accepted the doctrines which I was taught with ease. Although I lived in a school district which allowed LDS religion classes to be taught during the high school hours, I did not avail myself of that opportunity. As a Freshman in college, I attended Brigham Young University and registered for a Book of Mormon class with Daniel Ludlow. This was my first in-depth study of this God-given scripture which testifies so strongly of our Savior, Jesus Christ. What a revelation of scholarship and testimony Dr. Ludlow shared with us. I loved it. The following summer I worked away from home, but I had my Book of Mormon with me and was re-reading portions of it. One night, I was deep into its pages when I had a powerful, sure witness by the Holy Spirit that these verses were not only true but were of profound significance to me personally. On other occasions I have felt a similar, powerful witness to this volume of scripture. I invite any read to examine it closely, with a sincere, prayerful heart. In companionship with the Bible, it illustrates the love of God, the divine redemption of His Son, Jesus Christ, and relates beautiful sermons by loving prophets of the Americas who knew the Lord and His mission. Other spiritual experiences, sacred and undeniable, bless my life in this Church, and here I will remain.

How I live my faith

The Savior taught us to love one another....to help one another....to use our individual abilities to do good to one another. I believe that talents are God-given and should be developed and shared to the betterment of all. I love helping people create and perform, to the best of their abilities, many differing types of uplifting music, especially that which is Christ-centered. Through the years, I have organized and conducted many concerts/programs of church choirs, community choirs (for the 4th of July), youth presentations, temple-dedication music, and lighter fare, too. More recently, I have served in the leadership of our women's auxiliary organizations and currently serve as the leader of one of these units. For many years, I have been a "Visiting Teacher" where, at least once a month, I visit several ladies in our Ward (congregation) to bring love, concern, a spiritual message and, oft-times, physical help to them. We become close friends and laugh or cry together. It is a sacred service which I cherish. I love the women of the Church; they inspire me with their kind hearts and good works. We are not perfect, but we continue to seek the Savior and obey His commandments through scripture study, prayer, loving service to others, Church and temple attendance, and building strong families. This is our quest; this is my quest.