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Hi I'm Jan

I'm a Utah native. I'm a mom of 3 girls, 2 are adopted. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and a mother of three little girls. I grew up the third of six children. As a teenager, I developed interests in hiking, sewing, running and family history. I went to college in Utah and graduated in marketing. I served a mission in England and later married and worked as a software rep. After 8 years of marriage, my husband and I had our first daughter. Later we adopted 2 more little girls. That has experience has shaped who I am and changed how I view others. Right now I am trying to figure out a better way to feed my little family. I didn't grow up cooking. It has taken me a long time to learn some cooking basics and incorporate better nutrition. I don't have a lot of food "intuition" but it's improving. I really want to give my three girls a healthy food background. We have some Crohn's disease in our extended family and my youngest seems to be sick more often than I like. I have learned a lot and come a long way but it is still in progress....

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church through a great family. I went to church regularly. Because it was second nature to me, I took it for granted. In high school, it wasn't a priority for me even though I continued to try to make good choices. When I was in college, I supplemented my education with religious study in and LDS Institute of Religion. It began to open my eyes and a relationship with my Savior became personal for the first time. It has slowly and consistently developed into a deep respect and gratitude for Jesus Christ. I am still a Mormon because nothing else gives me peace and answers to lifes little ups and downs. I feel like I have a perfect purely motivated best friend helping me navigate my path. When I do dumb things, I get reminded to make corrections. That is priceless.

How I live my faith

Faith and church are separate but very intertwined. Living my faith means to be more patient with my children, to pray more consistently and reach out to others with love and understanding. It means forgiving others' and giving others the benefit of the doubt. It means reading and thinking about the scriptures and how they apply to me. Church, on the other hand, means attending my meetings and serving in whatever capacity I am asked. I just finished teaching the adult women and have been asked to teach my daughter's church class with a good friend. I am glad for the opportunity. Church means watching out for the needs of others that also attend there and being willing to help out. The church is a means of renewing promises with God and Jesus Christ through a weekly sacrament and it takes everyone's participation to shoulder the functioning responsibilities of an organized church. Honestly, I live my religion imperfectly but I try very hard and feel the sweet reassurance of the Savior that He is pleased with my effort and will help me improve.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Are you kidding? I have enough to do. The men can handle it. I never feel like my voice isn't heard or my needs aren't considered. The Mormon church treats women with more respect than any other organization. Women do great things when given opportunity and support. The church does both and women flourish. Show more Show less