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Hi I'm Jane

I was born and raised in California. I've been married to the same man for 27 years. We have 4 children. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay-at-home mother of four, ages 18 to 8. I like to workout, garden, cook, vacation with my family, and watch great movies. Before I stopped working 18 years ago, I was an asset manager over distressed properties. I used to foreclose on commerical loans and sell the real estate. The negotiating skills I developed in the workplace have come in handy many times while raising my 3 boys and 1 daughter. Working also taught me the importance of both spouses having a solid knowledge of finances, real life consequences to big decisions, and compassion for people in crisis. I will enter the workforce again, but in a different field. I want to do something that challenges me intellectually and helps others to have a better life. For now, I am very happy staying home with my children. Mothering 4 takes more time than I have hours in the day and I joke I am a 4-child mother in a 2-child world. With all the balls I have to juggle sometimes one or two get dropped - temporarily. To illustrate, last year I put my second grader in the wrong class for the first 1 1/2 days of school and wasn't aware of it until the school brought it to my attention. That just doesn't happen in a 2-child family. But it must be noted that weeks earlier my father had been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and I was in California until just days before school started to help him with his initial doctors appointments and surgery. Needless to say, I was a little distracted at the time.

Why I am a Mormon

In my early 20's, I was told mormons have all the same problems that people who are not mormon have, the difference is they have the gospel to help them through those struggles. Over the years, I have found those words to be true. I love having friends who are not of my faith, I find their experiences and background interesting, their ideas though provoking, and I always love to learn from them. But probably, what I love most about becoming friends with someone not of my failth is discovering over and over again that we are so much more alike than we are different (and it's always kind-of an extra bonus watching them discover just how "unweird" we mormons really are). And typically, the similarities I find between myself and my new friend are that we both love our spouses and families, we both want our children to have the opportunity to live up to their fullest potential, we expect the world to become a better place and are willing to do our share to make that happen, we believe in hard work, we love to laugh and highly value a good sense of humor, and we are trying to get through this thing called "life" with as much grace and wisdom as possible. And that is what the gospel does for me, it gives me both the grace and the wisdom to do a little better today than yesterday, and - hopefully - a little better tomorrow than today. I thank my Heavenly Father everyday for the overwhelming blessings he has given me through my family and loved ones, and for a plan to help me keep those blessings close to me, always.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith, by living my faith. I prefer action over talk. I love to see people around me DOING Christ-like activities. I teach one Sunday a month to our church's women's group, and I love my calling. I do my best to relate the lesson topics to issues and struggles of today's woman. I find the more the women participate in the lessons, the more we all learn, as they always have such great insight and knowledge from their own personal experiences. I also try to bring spirituality into our home. My knowledge of the scriptures is not as strong as many of my friend's knowledge (as some of them have served missions, etc), but I started with the basics and am building on my foundation while teaching my children. I am thrilled our church has lowered the age women can serve missions from age 21 to 19. My one true regret from my youth is I did not serve a mission. Over the years, I have seen how a mission in one's youth benefits not only the person who serves the mission but their spouse, neighbors, friends, loved ones and especially their children.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temple are places for us, as members of the mormon faith, to formally commit and re-commit ourselves to God and his principles through ordinances and ceremonies. The past 40 years have seen a decline in people's interest in formal ceremonies; but if we look over a much longer period of time, hundreds and even thousands of years we have example after example of the importance of ceremonies in binding and keeping people and societies together and close to their God. Mormons believe in making spiritual covenants with God (both inside and outside temples) and we believe those covenants are binding, both by us and God. The commitments we make with God in a mormon temple affects us not only for the moment, but more importantly, the commitments affect our behavior on a daily basis. Attending our temple re-focuses our priorities towards our families and God's gospel. It reminds us who are and how we are to behave. While ceremonies in general have been "out of fashion" for most of my life, I feel their importance to a healthy, thriving society is once again being appreciated. And I am hopeful that people not of our faith will come to better understand that the commitments we make with God in our mormon temples are vital to us living God's plan in our everyday lives. And I am also hopeful that with better understanding, their respect for our decision to attend temples and make formal comittments and covenants with God will also grow. Show more Show less