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Hi I'm Jeanette

I'm the first college graduate in my family. I'm a Phoenician. I'm an adoptive Mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At the beginning of each new school year, I would list what I wanted to be when I grew up. Every year, the list was the same: a Mother, a Teacher. Due to some physical conditions, however, my husband and I were not able to bare children. I focused on my studies in Special Education instead, and became the first one in my family to graduate from college with a Bachelor's Degree. Following my graduation, we began the long paper trail to adopt. Nine months later, we held our first daughter. I am now the Mother of five wonderful, but also challenging, children. In my heart, however, I am the Mother to many other children, who have passed through our home due to foster care or because I babysat them. My heart yearns for all the children in need, throughout the world, but my hands right now are busy with the five gifts I've been given. I am a Phoenician, and proud of it. Not many people living in the Phoenix area, were actually born there. Though living in Arizona, I didn't visit the Grand Canyon until the summer before I got married. That trip opened up inside of me, a love for the national parks, and the beauty of this country where I live. We have spent many of our family vacations visiting the great majesty, beauty, and history of the national parks.

Why I am a Mormon

One of my hobbies, is to explore my family's history, and to collect stories and information about my ancestors. One of my VERY great grandfathers helped William Tyndale translate the Holy Bible into English, so that the "common people" could read the word of God for themselves. He spoke against the modern restrictions of religion that were forced upon the people of England at that time. Because of this, he was the first religious martyr to be killed by Queen Mary. He wanted to know the truth of God, and he died for that cause. Later, his grandson sailed on the Mayflower, to come to America, to raise his family in a place that allowed religious freedom. They gave up all that they had, all that they had known, to worship God, according to the dictates of their own conscience. Generations later, I had many great-grandparents who were searching to understand God, and to understand their relationship to Him. They joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed the Mormons by the people of the day), and gave up their comforts, their homes, and even their lives to "take up their cross," and follow Christ. I too, have chosen to follow Jesus Christ. Though I was raised in the LDS faith (as a Mormon), I don't continue in the faith because my parents taught me to do so. I choose to express my Christianity as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it answers my questions of God, His existence, His purpose in creating us, and my relationship to Him, in a way that no other religion has been able to answer. Like my ancestors before me, I have chosen to continue on as a Christian, independent of its popularity to others, and despite the misunderstandings that many express regarding it. I am a Christian. I follow Christ's teachings and examples, to the best of my ability, and I allow and welcome His grace to even out the rest.

How I live my faith

As a part of the LDS faith, the members hold many positions within the church. We do not receive compensation for it, but fulfill our callings as a way to serve others, to grow in experience and opportunity, and most importantly to serve God. Currently I am serving as the Cubmaster for the 8-10 year old boys in our congregation. I love being the Cubmaster! I have watched many of these boys grow, since they were babies, and it is fun to watch them in Cub Scouts, as they explore new activities, learn new ideas, and transition from boys into young men. As Cubmaster, I am always encouraging them to do their best, to learn, explore, and ask questions so that they can grow into wonderful men someday. The boys make me laugh, they teach me new things, and they serve as inspiration for the next generation. In addition to my involvement in Cub Scouts, I also act as a liaison for LDS Family Services. I help the members of the LDS congregations in my area to find counseling. I also work with unwed, pregnant women to get them free counseling, to help them make informed decisions concerning the birth of their child. I feel that this is a valuable opportunity for these expecting moms; it gives them resources, information, and help in sorting out the emotions, concerns, worries and expectations that they are experiencing as a single soon-to-be-mom.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family is everything to me! It brings me happiness and joy to watch my children grow, change, experience, learn, and evolve. Parenthood is the ultimate service that I can give to society. It allows me to nurture, teach, mentor, and love these precious children who are quickly turning into adults. It's not easy being part of a family - being the child, the sibling, the spouse, or the parent. Every day is a learning experience, but all the effort is worth it. I want to be with my family forever. Everyone deserves to be loved, cherished, feel safe, and have a place that they can call home. Though Mormons don't have perfect families, they are always trying. When my children were little, I thought that making cute desserts, and wearing matching outfits, were keys to having a good family life, but long ago, I set those "requirements" aside. I have learned that creating a good family life, involves consistency, teaching morals, listening more than talking (lecturing), providing not only the basic needs (food, clothes, shelter), but just as importantly helping them in their emotional needs (safety, understanding, and acceptance). Every day provides countless teaching moments, and it is important to take advantage of each and every one of them. So, we teach, teach, teach, and then stand back and let the kids choose for themselves what path they will take, standing nearby all the time to catch them if they fall, and to lend a supportive hand and a listening ear. Show more Show less