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Hi I'm Martha Jane

I'm the mother of four, a breast cancer survivor from age 24, I write music and am the wife of a US Army Chaplain.

About Me

I think of myself as a simple kind of lady. I enjoy the simple pleasures of life and I drink in the beauty of the earth, friendships, family, music and food. I'm married to an Army Chaplain and am amazed and humbled by the people and experiences we've had the privilege of witnessing. I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 24 and endured surgeries, chemo, radiation and clinical trial drugs for over a year with my husband and 2 children. We have 2 post cancer miracle babies which have added so much to our joy. Emotion rich life experiences inspire me and I often turn those experiences into music. Anyone who has heard my music essentially knows that most inner parts of who I am. This makes me feel a bit exposed, but to be known - and still loved - is a liberating feeling. I try to eat healthy and think that eating the fruit of the Earth, the way God made it, is best for our bodies - but I struggle to balance this value with other time consuming values (like a tidy home, helping kids with homework, exercise . . .) I do my best, but constantly miss perfection in any given area, and that's okay. God takes my best and makes it enough.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because . . . because it makes me happy. It makes me happy to know that families are meant to be eternal and are worth the work to make them so. It makes me happy to feel peace when all around me the circumstances say I should crumble. It makes me happy to feel the full effect of the Atonement as I turn my heart and desires to follow Christ. Happiness comes from seeing God's hand and feeling his love in my life. I'm a Mormon because It provides the best road map for happiness in this life and hope for the life to come. I know that these things are real. I have experimented upon the teachings and found them to be true and healing.

How I live my faith

I currently teach the 9 and 10 year old children for Sunday School. I also am a den leader in Cub Scouts. Throughout my life I have had opportunities to teach young women, ages 12-18 and not-so-young-women aged 18+ in various classes. I have organized activities, taught preparedness classes, played the organ and piano for our worship services, offered prayers, participated in service, sang in the choir, visited the sick, watched over sisters and been watched over by sisters in return, and many other growth opportunities. These opportunities have not come because of my preparedness for them, but because of God's desire for me to grow in these areas. This is a faith of action and service and participation - a university for God to tutor his children. When we are willing to answer the call of God with a humble heart he molds us into the sons and daughters he wants us to be. My faith is infused into my life and gives me a sense of purpose and worth in addition to a greater love for God's other children, whose worth is as great as my own in God's sight.