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Hi I'm Jeanene

I grew up in Oregon. I was a middle school English teacher. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family living on a ranch outside a small town in Oregon. I love music--singing and playing the piano. I loved school and still enjoy studying and learning about all sorts of things from history to sewing. Before I married and had children, I was a middle school English teacher. Now, I am a wife and a mother of five children (one passed away when she was a year old), and a grandmother of four. My family brings me great joy! I love to garden, bottle the produce that I grow, read, teach, do family history, sew, and spend time with my family. I feel a little shy but love to meet people.

Why I am a Mormon

My family have been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints almost since its restoration--joining the Church in the 1830's. I love the stories of my pioneer ancestors! They inspire me to persevere in difficulty and try to be faithful. But every person has to be converted herself, and that was the case with me. My parents taught me the gospel and encouraged me to live its principles. They were good examples of obedience and service. We had challenges like every other family--finances, illness, accidents, death, and disagreements. But I watched how my parents' faith helped us work through these. I grew up in a home where we prayed together every day, had family night every week, went to church together, and discussed the scriptures and teachings of the Savior. It provided a good foundation for my future life. So, when I went away to college and had greater independence of thought and action, I found myself reading the scriptures more (especially the Book of Mormon), pondering deeper, and having greater opportunities to serve others. In the turbulent times of the 1960's and 70's, I watched others around me struggle for their identity and purpose for living. It gave me comfort then and still does today to know that Heavenly Father lives, loves me, and has a plan for my life. I know that Jesus Christ loves me. He lived to show me the way to happiness, and atoned for my sins to make it possible for me to repent and have peace. I know that He died and was resurrected that I might live again in great joy with my loved ones. I am a Mormon because the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bring me guidance, comfort, and joy right now and hope for eternal joy.

How I live my faith

I love serving in the Church! I have taught Sunday school for youth and adults for many years. I enjoy working with the young women ages 12-18--teaching lessons, providing weekly activities, and going to summer camps. Going on a pioneer trek with teenagers pulling handcarts together and camping out was a great adventure.The youth of today are amazing! I also enjoy teaching and serving the adult women of the Church. I have conducted and sung with the church choir. My husband and I are preparing to leave in a month to serve a mission together. We are excited to serve others in this way. I am grateful to serve in any way I can.