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Hi I'm Jane

I'm a returned missionary. I'm a student. I love to sing, travel, and I hope someday to live abroad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I recently returned from a full time mission in the Ohio Cincinnati mission. I love music and literature, and would probably be an English major if I weren't so dead set on becoming an Occupational Therapist. I am a sophomore in college, and plan on getting a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.I have two little dachshunds at my home in California. I am the third child of four, and the only one with brown eyes. I did marching band/color guard in high school. I also sang in my school's chamber choir and participated in Honor Choir one year. I also am minoring in Music. I love to travel, and hope one day to visit every continent, including Antarctica. In 2012 I spent an entire semester studying abroad in Europe. My favorite food is Mac and Cheese, but I'm pretty open to trying new things. My favorite books are the Harry Potter series, Fahrenheit 451, and The Great Gatsby.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon. I chose to remain faithful to this church. Many people believe that for those of us who were raised in this faith, we are forced to remain here by our parents or simply by habit. I was baptized when I was eight years old, and felt the influence of the Holy Spirit immediately. As I got older, I realized I didn't really have a testimony of my own. I had lived my whole life based on the testimonies of my parents and others at church. So when I got into high school, I decided to find out for myself. I started to read my scriptures on my own. I prayed one night to know the truth of the Book of Mormon. The Spirit manifests things in different ways, sometimes by putting thoughts into our heads that aren't our own. Well that night this thought entered my head: "Of course it's true. You know it's true. You've known for a very long time." I can't explain how I knew that it came from the Spirit, but I knew. The Spirit testified to me of what I already knew with a gentle reminder: "Of course it's true." Ever since then I have never doubted the truth of the gospel. That's not to say I never strayed. I make mistakes just like everybody does. I stopped reading scriptures for a while, and felt the absence of the Spirit. I hated that emptiness, and so I started reading again, and my life improved. I know this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. I know that the Holy Ghost is a divine messenger, sent to give us a gentle nudge every once in a while, a reminder that we don't need a visitation from an angel to tell us what we already know. I am so grateful for this gospel because I know it will only bring me joy and eternal life. I am improving every day, and I hope that someday I will be worthy to enter Heavenly Father's kingdom.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading my scriptures daily and saying personal prayers. I served a mission in the Ohio Cincinnati mission, where I was able to share my faith with people, and help them to increase theirs. Now that I'm home, I've been able to spend some time with the sister missionaries that serve in my hometown. I've served as a choir director for my college congregation, as well as the accompanist for one of the weekly worship meetings. I love to visit other women in my ward as well because I love to serve them and be their friend.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jane
We typically have three meetings that occur in a three-hour block every Sunday. The main meeting is called Sacrament meeting, and is just over an hour long. This is what a typical Sacrament meeting looks like: -Opening hymn -Invocation (opening prayer) offered by someone from the congregation -Ward and Stake business: including new callings to leadership or teaching positions for certain members in the congregation. Stake callings are positions of leadership within the area, including multiple congregations. -Sacrament hymn -Blessing and passing of the Sacrament (communion in other faiths): sacrament is blessed and passed by young priesthood holders, often teenage boys; we typically use bread and water -2-3 assigned speakers, who are usually members of the congregation -possibly a musical number -Closing hymn -Benediction (closing prayer) offered by a member of the congregation The other meetings are either before or after Sacrament meeting: -Sunday School, which is offered for 12 year olds and older -Primary, a group meeting and classes for children aged 3 to 11 -Nursery for very young children, aged 18 months to 3 years. -Young Women meetings for girls aged 12-18 -Priesthood meetings for boys and men 12 and older (divided up by age) -Relief Society, a meeting for women 18 years old and older The church welcomes any visitors to all of these meetings. If you are looking to attend a Sunday service visit lds.org where you can search for meetinghouses and times in your area. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Jane
We are commanded of God to give 10 percent of our income as tithing. Tithing is used for building and maintaining chapels, temples, and other Church buildings. Tithing funds the missionary efforts around the world, pays for educational programs, and is used to print materials that are used in Church meetings. It also funds the work that goes on in temples, and family history work. Show more Show less