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Hi I'm Jan

I live in Newcastle upon Tyne, England & work for a global charity. I enjoy walking & playing the guitar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mother was born in my "grandma's feather bed" in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne and my father is from Slovenia, formerly part of Yugoslavia. I am grateful to have good parents who taught me the value of hard work and encouraged me to strive to be the best person that I could be. I am married to a wonderful man who makes me laugh and have two children who I adore. I have two kittens, one called Albus Fumblepaws and the other, Sirius Black. Sirius love fresh minty breath and playing fetch. Albus likes hair bobbles, shoes and handbags. I recently trekked the Sinai Desert for charity and would love to visit The Rose City in Petra, Jordan, where part of the movie 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' was filmed. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, playing my guitar, cycling, walking in the country, zumba and singing along to cheesy musicals. My favourite band is The Civil Wars. When I was a child, I used to perfom stunts on my bike to the tune of Hawaii-5-0 which is now my alarm call in the morning. I work for a global charity and sometimes dress as a Gorilla! (But not for work!!)

Why I am a Mormon

I was about 5 years old when my mother joined The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, so from an early age, being a Mormon has been part of my life. My family suffered many difficult times as I was growing up but I saw how being a Mormon and believing in God brought great peace,comfort and support. Sometime during my adult years, I wanted to absolutely know for myself if the things I had been taught as a child were true. In the Bible, first chapter of James, verse 5, it reads "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Just like the young boy, Joseph Smith, I decided to put this theory to the test. I read the Bible and The Book of Mormon and prayed to God to know if the things I had read were true. I received a calm assurance that being a Mormon and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints was indeed where I was meant to be. I have had that witness confirmed to me many times. I love my Saviour, Jesus Christ and I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try every day to be a good person. My personal life and my work for a global charity gives me many opportunities to help and serve others. I currently teach the Gospel Doctrine Adult Sunday School Class which I enjoy very much. In our class we discuss the scriptures together and look for ways to apply the teachings in our everyday lives. Like most people, I have daily challenges. Regular prayer and reading from The Bible and The Book of Mormon helps me find solutions to my little, and sometimes large, difficulties. I try to appreciate all the good things that God has blessed me with. Living my faith is an everyday part of my life and not just something I do on a Sunday.