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Hi I'm Jan (Jeanette)

I'm a Mormon, I love my life, I love people, and I enjoy so many blessings because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I grew up listening to my Dad's classical music and developed a love for it. I took piano lessons as a child, and have learned to play the flute as an adult, starting when my daughter started to play in middle school. I say it is never too late to learn an instrument. I teach piano, have recently started playing flute with a local adult band which is a blast, and I love to sing "Down by the Bay with my granddaughter and play the ukulele using the only three chords I know on it. This year I have joined a bell choir for a new experience. It is a lot of fun. I'm a mother of three bio children and two step-children. Me and my husband have four grandchildren. Being a grandma is the greatest. I've gone from a city girl to a country girl who has chickens and rabbits. I make some pretty fantastic cinnamon rolls and love a relatively simple lifestyle.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS church and have a lot of good memories of participating in youth activities and attending seminary during my high school years. However, when I moved away from home I realized pretty quickly that if I did not hold on to the gospel principles and gain a testimony of my own, the world would lead me down other paths with unpleasant consequences I didn't want for myself. I have a strong testimony of how the prayers of parents can intervene for the good in their children's life, as my mother's did for me. Life has not always been easy for me, my first marriage of 10 years ended in divorce. Thankfully I have had a second chance at marriage, and we have celebrated 21 years together. He is perfect for me, and I am certain he came into my life as a blessing from my Heavenly Father. I love the gospel, and can't imagine my life without a knowledge of the Plan of Salvation, how I lived before I came to earth, and that I will live again after I die. My father died when I was 9 years old, but I know I will see him again. The universe, and everything in it tells me there is a God. The spirit whispers to me over and over again that Joseph Smith saw what he said he saw, that he literally translated golden plates into the Book of Mormon, and the little church he started has blossomed like a rose with temples dotting the earth. The people I know who are actually trying to live their religion are the happiest people I know. There is so much safety inside obedience to the commandments. The commandments are like the string of a kite. They keep me grounded, while allowing me to soar and reach my highest potential. Without the string I would plummet to the ground.

How I live my faith

I am blessed to be teaching high school aged youth in an early morning religion class. This year we are studying the Old Testament and I love it. Next year will be the New Testament, then a year of Book of Mormon, then a year of Church History. As the teacher I learn the most, and as I prepare each lesson it seems like there is something there just for me. I get to dive deep into the scriptures and it blesses my life in so many ways. The answers to so many of life's questions can be found in the scriptures. I try to avoid contention because it drives away the spirit and I can't teach my lessons without the spirit to lead me and guide me. I also get to accompany our church choir and the young children in our congregation. It is very rewarding and fun to use my talents this way. I love sacred music, it speaks to my heart and mind and it is one of my favorite ways to worship the Lord Jesus Christ. There will come a day when I will be released from my calling as seminary teacher, and I will be given a new calling. It is the way of our church as this is how we learn and grow. We have so many opportunities to develop talents, and I am grateful for all the things I have been able to learn as I have served all of my adult life in one calling or another. They have helped me become a better mother, a better wife, a better neighbor, sister, aunt, etc. I still have many weaknesses, but I will never give up on trying to pattern my life after my Savior, Jesus Christ.