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Hi I'm Jeanette

I am a wife and a mother. I have fostered 18 children, and adopted 4 of them. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the 3rd of 5 children. Several years ago I served a mission using American Sign Language in the Independence, Missouri, USA area. After my mission I graduated with an Elementary Education degree, and then taught 3rd grade for a few years. I have been married for 12 years to a wonderful husband. We spent the first 6 years of our marriage hoping and praying for children, and became licensed to adopt. After 4 years of waiting for that phone call, we decided to become foster parents. We have since fostered 18 children, and adopted 4 of those adorable children. Our children range in age from 3-7...so we are very busy with our young children! They keep us on our toes and help us to laugh everyday. Just this year, we started teaching them from home which has proven a challenge, but is helping us to become closer as a family. I enjoy playing the piano, reading, camping, playing strategy games, spending time with family and friends, and trying to sneak in a nap. We learn and teach about essential oils and natural ways of healing. I am finding I truly enjoy helping people in this way!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Gospel, and baptized when I was 8. I don't remember as a child when I truly came to know the Church was true. But I do remember feeling happy and good about the things we learned & living the Gospel. Before I left on my mission I studied the scriptures even more diligently & was intrigued by the missionary stories found there. I became excited to be a part of sharing His Gospel! One day when I was attending the local university I was enjoying some time to ponder. In my pondering I was reflecting on my life & where it was headed. What did the Lord have in store for me? I had been taking American Sign Language for several years & enjoyed it, but should I continue with that in my education? I then had an overwhelming & wonderful impression that ASL would be an important part of my life. This brought tears & an immense joy! I did not know if I would have a Deaf child, serve an ASL mission, or how it would be...but it gave me great happiness to have been blessed with a little insight into what the Lord had in store for me. In 1998 I was called to serve in the Missouri, Independence, USA mission. When I reached the section of my call that said I would be speaking American Sign Language by heart burst! I KNEW then for a surety that the Lord knows ME. He cares about me, and He has a work for me on this Earth. I will never forget that day. On my mission one day we were given time by ourselves during a meeting to pray and ponder. I was blessed with the Spirit to know that the Church is true. My testimony increased as I repeatedly taught about the First Vision-when Joseph Smith saw God the Father & Jesus Christ. Each time I signed this experience to those we were teaching the Spirit was so very strong. I cannot deny that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. These times and many others have helped solidify my testimony even as challenges come. I know the Church is true & I am grateful for what that means for me and my family.

How I live my faith

I have been playing the piano for the women in the our ward now for a couple of years. I enjoy being part of the music program in the church through this calling. Music can be so uplifting! I also serve as a visiting teaching by going to a few women's homes to see how they are doing, and if there is anything they need. We also like share a Gospel message with them. If it is a good month...they may even get a plate of brownies or something yummy! I enjoy getting to know others this way & have made many friends over the years through visiting teaching.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

I love to attend the temple and feel the Spirit that is there. I was sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple to my husband a little over 12 years ago. We were later sealed to our son after we adopted him. A couple years after that, we were sealed to our 3 other children we had adopted. Knowing that we can be together forever, no matter how short on time on Earth is, is most precious to me. I love going to the temple to perform these and other ordinances for our family and others who have passed on without an opportunity to receive them here on Earth. Show more Show less