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Hi I'm Jeanie

I was born in Alaska, raised in Idaho. I am far too eclectic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southeastern Idaho, reading and dreaming of Europe (especially England), Egypt, the Old West, India, frozen Russia, and the East. My dad instilled a love of hiking, camping, biking, and anything outdoors. My mom instilled a love of standing firm for what's right. I graduated with a degree in Family and Consumer Science Education-Composite, and certified as a Family and Consumer Science teacher. I was married to my wonderful Scottish husband in July 2009. We now have two children, a girl and a boy, and babies don't come any cuter than ours! My husband and I moved to Scotland last year, and we love being here. Scottish people are among the most loving, kind, courteous people I've had the good fortune to meet. I feel at home.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it's true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the ONLY true church on the entire earth. I seek truth, I believe in truth, no matter where it's found. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints there is found all the truth God has given to us, his children. I prayed- I got down on my knees, and asked God to direct me to truth and love. And he did. I see so many people lied to. They lie to themselves, and to others, oftentimes not even knowing that what they're hearing is a lie. It breaks my heart, and it's destroying families and friends. If you have the guts to face the music, shake off the lies, and look for truth, you WILL find it in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith, first, in my family. They are the reason that I go to church, that I believe as I do. This church is all about having families together- FOREVER. That means, through all eternity, even after death. That is my focus. So we read our scriptures and pray together, have one day a week where we spend an evening in as a family and teach the kids about Jesus. I study my scriptures, talk with God when I pray, and write in a journal. Those things are so important to me, because without them I lose my way. I teach a group of children at church, which I absolutely LOVE. You learn so much more from children than they learn from you. I don't smoke, drink alcohol, coffee, or tea; I wear clothing that covers my shoulders and doesn't show cleavage. I wear skirts and trousers that go at least to the knee (not difficult in Scotland; it's pretty chilly in the winter!), because I believe that people should like me for more than my body. I don't want to use my body as an advertisement. People should love me for ME, the inside me, not the outside me. I try to look nice, but not inappropriate. I'm a very relaxed person (most of the time), who has passionate beliefs about helping others, doing the right thing, and loving people.

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?

I want to answer the second part of this question, 'How do Mormon women lead in the Church?' I serve in the Primary organization, the organization within the church for children ages 18 months- 12 years. I love working with the kids. I teach a lesson every Sunday, I get to plan activities and conduct the meetings, and I also meet with other leaders in the ward (members who attend the same chapel) to discuss the specific needs of children and families. I grew up attending Young Women's, another organization in the church that helps girls 12-18 learn and be strong in this challenging world. Although I have never served in Young Women as a leader, I learned so many valuable lessons there that I can't count them. Relief Society is a church organization for women 18+. I was able to serve as the President for a group of women in my ward, and that, too, was amazing. Women in the church serve groups from a few women, up to hundreds, thousands, and even millions. There is no 'advancement' in rank. I serve where God needs me, and that's it. Because when you promise your life to God, you give it all, not matter where he wants you. Show more Show less