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Hi I'm Jeanene

I'm a wife, a Mom, and a nurse. I'm a book worm, a gardener, and I'm learning to be a potter. I'm glad I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an every day person. Wife, and mother to my 5 children are my most roles, though I came to those positions a bit later than most. Since I was slow finding my husband, I was able to earn a BSN in nursing and serve as a missionary for the 'Mormon' Church in France and Belgium. Being an ER nurse has been an important part of my life. I seem to need to be needed. Reading, gardening, sewing, and traveling have also been rewarding activities for me. Now that the kids have grown up, and having retired from nursing I am trying to become a potter. Life is such an adventure. Soon I will turn 60 but I don't feel old. In fact, my husband and I back-packed into the Grand Canyon last month to see Havasupi Falls. You never know what is coming.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and even grandparents are life-long members of The Church, so you might think it was automatic that I would follow in their footsteps. Perhaps that is partially true but one of the unique features of our church is that everyone is expected and encouraged to find out for themselves if it is true. I did this. I prayed, studied scripture, and received my witness. That is why I am an active 'Mormon' today. When I was 25 years old, I served a full time mission for The Church, teaching people in France and Belgium about our beliefs and inviting them to join us. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, approaching strangers, interrupting their lives and asking them to change. The only reason I was willing to do this was that I knew the Gospel could make their lives happier, and I wanted to share this Joy.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is easy, well it's hard too, like anything worth while. What I mean is that in the long run, God's commandments are there to make life easier. Working as an ER nurse, the results of breaking God's laws were constantly in front of me. So many people shatter their own and others' lives in the pursuit of 'fun'. There is great safety in following the Savior's example. What really brings happiness isn't amusement. In my experience it is in serving others, as Jesus did, that we find joy. For example, I teach Sunday School. Naturally, in the course of that service it is I who learns and grows. I also find that my service leads to greater love for those I serve. As my love increases I grow closer to my Savior. Of course I still have a long way to go.