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Hi I'm Jane

I'm winning the battle daily with depression and chronic anxiety and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My past experiences are difficult to talk about partially because when a person has a mental illness and anxiety, things look different. I grew up in a home I call with "love and turmoil". We moved a lot. My parents lost everything monotarily twice, through accident and house fire. I was hurt, bullied and struggled a lot and other things that I need not say. But there were many great times as well. My parents loved learning and so spent much time teaching us many things on many different topics. Since my dad was a teacher and we were living on a teacher's salary with a large family and He had the summers off, we would pack up our camping supplies and travel all over the United States visiting the wonderful places and people of this wonderful country. In fact one year we lived in a tent for 72 days. The excitement for learning and the patriotism for my country I credit to my parents. I now experience joy in spending time with my husband in his woodshop making things, visiting my children and grandchildren, gardening, knitting, cooking and the constant seeking for new things to learn.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My mother joined the Mormon faith before she married my father and my father was raised Mormon. I was taught my whole youth about this Gospel of Jesus Christ. I always felt as I was growing up that my Heavenly Father was near especially during the many difficult times. My parents encouraged their children to search for truth and so this became my life's quest. So when I left home I began my personnal study without parent interference. I studied many different books along with the Book of Mormon, the Holy Bible and books of other faiths. I struggled trying to find a compass for truth. So many people were saying so many different things. They were saying that truth was up to the interpreter. That was chaos to me. Truth is or it isn't. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that has become my theme scripture. It is found in Moroni 10:3-5. Because I applied this instruction into my life I have found it to be true. I have recieved truth through the power of the Holy Ghost. I have applied this promise to knowing the truth about the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. (Also known as the Mormon church) and I know that it is true. The Holy Ghost has enlightened my mind and my heart or soul. (This is the best discription I can give.)The people my not be perfect that belong to this church but the gospel of Jesus Christ that is taught there is wonderful truth. The great thing about it is, that this promise from Moroni can be applied to searching for all truth. I love that I can cling to this constant that helps me with my weakness of depression and anxiety.

How I live my faith

Right now I am doing things that I would never have thought possible. Even with my anxieties I am able to teach and volunteer. I've taught music to the youth at our church and I worked in the Boy Scouts of America program for about 15 years. Right now I am teaching classes on how to live providently so that others can find the joy in being self-reliant. I also index geneology records on the internet so that people can find information about their ancestors, There are so many areas of service that is avaliable at church, that it keeps me very fulfilled and growing.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Through our Heavenly Father's wisdom He has created this earth with a constant reminder that we will not always have sunny days, (in fact if we did have constant sunny days, we would be living on a planet that is one big desert.) So we can apply this to our lives. Because difficult times (rainy days) come we need to plan and prepare for them. As we prepare for "the rainy days" of life we become more self-reliant with personal independence. We learn skills that we can use to help our families and others in need. In fact that is the best part of being prepared for emergencies is the ability to help our family, friends and neighbors. There is also a feeling of peace that comes from knowing that you did your best and that we can leave the rest to God. Show more Show less