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Hi I'm Jane

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Arlington, Virginia. I am now retired and live where I can walk on the beach everday.

About Me

I love to read, knitting, crocheting, sewing, making jewelry, family history, and cooking. I am the mother of seven children and twenty two grandchildren. I enjoy nature and gardening. I have always been interested in religion and have studied many of them. In doing my family history, I have discovered that I am related to Pocahontas thru her sister.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith, as a child taught me that there was a heaven and a hell and that all people who were not baptized did not go to heaven. I knew that I was to love God, but I really did not understand him until I studied the Mormon faith. It taught me who I am, where I came from, why I am here and where I am going. My faith as a child taught me that the trinity was a mystery. I understand now what the trinity is and the "mystery" has been solved in my life. It is so very clear to me how that works. Being a Mormon has brought me more joy than I can relate to you. I have a greater understanding of what the scriptures mean. I understand that God is truly my father which art in heaven. I look forward to being with him and my family throughout all eternity. I understand what happens to non-baptized people. I know that God is Love. I know that my redeemer lives!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being aware of others needs and helping in my community. I work at the family history center and help others search out their ancestry. I have been a Sunday School teacher to all age groups. I have also been a leader in our Womens organization.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jane
We baptize thru immersion. It washes away your sins, represents a new birth and you also become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. The second part of baptism is receiving the gift of the holy ghost. Before I joined the Mormon church, I had heard the term but never had anyone lay their hands on my head who had the authority thru the priesthood of God to actually give me that gift. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Jane
When a new temple is built, there is a time before it is dedicated that the general public can go thru and see the beauty of the building. There are many photos published that also show the inside of our temples. There is nothing secret about the building. After it is dedicated only worthy members of the church can participate in the ordinances of the temple. The temple is a sacred place, not a secret place. What goes on in our temples are baptisms for those who have died, weddings, sealing ordinances, and teachings about our faith. It is very quiet and peaceful inside our temples. It is a place where you can feel close to the spirit. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jane
While I was investigating the Mormon church, I did not realize for a few months that they did not use Tobacco, Alcohol, Coffee and Tea. I frankly enjoyed all of those substances. In the sixties, there was no information that smoking was harmful. Growing up in the south, iced tea was served at every meal and enjoyed between meals as well. I still love the smell of coffee brewing. To tell you the truth, after I learned that these items were part of a "word of wisdom" and not to be consumed, I so did not want to join this church. The fact that we do not drink ice tea, has kept many of my family members from ever investigating the church. My mother in particular would not listen to anything I had to say concerning the church feeling that tea never hurt anyone. I am glad that I had the strength to forsake these items and to join the church. It truly is a word of wisdom. I have a testimony that this church is true. All those years (since the sixties), if I had not joined the church, I would have been filling my lungs with cigarette smoke as well as having second hand smoke in my home and thus in the lungs of my children. Some things you do in faith. I am glad I am not tempted also in the area of alcohol. God promises great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. I am blessed to live the word of wisdom. Show more Show less