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Hi I'm Jan Dollar Hutchison

I became a Mormon at age 22 while attending the University of Alabama. That was 38 years ago. Life is good.

About Me

I love to garden, do genealogy and play tennis. I also love to be with my family. I don't know if I did something right or wrong as none of my five children live near me now that they are married. That is ok. I get to go visit them and they visit me and "Papop". I also love serving in the Church. I have learned many skills by serving in the Church. I have learned how to budget and serve others in ways I had never thought of before.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the boy next door opened his mouth. I was young and thought I knew what the Mormons believed. He was slow to teach me. He taught as I was ready to learn. He invited me to church and introduced me to more Mormons. He explained passages from my Bible that I had never understood before also I was happy with my Protestant upbringing. My parents had always taken me to church and I had learned about Jesus and what He wanted me to do. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints taught me things that I did not realize were available on earth today, like a living Prophet, ordinances of the temple, restoration of the Church as in Christ's day and the Book of Mormon. I felt like a baby learning to walk. There was so much to learn and to share with others. My heart "feels" better than my mouth can express. The Gospel means the world to me because I know that God knows me personally. That His Son is my Savior but I am the one who must make the effort to keep His Spirit close. His foundation is sure. I am the one who must stand firm on His foundation and not be led away by the enticements of the adversary. I will always be thankful to that boy next door for opening his mouth. I married him.

How I live my faith

I hope I live so that others can see my faith in Jesus Christ. I hope I live so that others can see the positive outlook of a follower of Christ. I hope to live with a gospel perspective as we live our lives with an understanding of challenges that come our way. I am grateful to live in an area that is filled with strong faithful neighbors. It is easy to share gospel ideas when others have a love of the Savior. Having the gospel in my life has made me reach beyond my comfort zone. It has given me opportunities to learn new skills. By serving in the Family History Center I learned how to do genealogy and also I learned computer skills. Attending meetings with the ladies of the church taught me many valuable skills as a young mother. Child rearing is a precious time of life when we understand the relationship with have with our children and the relationship we have with our Heavenly Father. Grandmotherhood is a doubling of that precious time. Being encouraged to plant a garden was a good idea but it developed into a passion that brings so much joy to my life. Canning vegetables, budgeting money and time, housekeeping ideas and many other things I have learned from church. Preparing lessons and speaking in front of large groups of people is another chance to learn and to grow.