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Hi I'm Jean

I am a grandmother and am living in the house where I grew up. I have lived in my home town all my life.

About Me

I am a single mother of two sons and grandmother to two granddaughters and one grandson. As a teenager, I earned spending money by babysitting. Upon graduating from high school, I began working as an operator for the telephone company to pay for my college edcuation. Today I am a retired public school educator having been a classroom teacher for 14 years and an elementary school principal for 16 years with additional work in schools after formal retirement. I was baptized at age 65 and am the first member of the Church in my family. I enjoy being involved in Relief Society and ward activities. Providing meals and small gifts are simple ways to share love…and the smiles received are my huge reward. Some gifts include: * "itty bitty" angels I've crocheted for each full time missionary assigned to our ward. I love the missionaries and hope they will have happy memories from serving here. I love them because they first taught me and have answered MANY questions over the past few years. * receiving blankets for babies born in my ward - I sew and then finish them with handwork around the edges. It feels right that each baby should have their very own blanket. * small flashlights for children who are baptized to remind them to act in a way that others will be able to see the light of Christ in their words and deeds. A handwritten note encourages them to live so that others will know that they know they are a child of God.

Why I am a Mormon

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, I love being a part of my ward family. My sons do not live in my town so I am grateful for the family emphasis at church. I love to see families worshiping and sharing service projects and social activities together. I always feel included. I have been a member of the Church for a little over 7 years. I am so grateful for the priesthood. The amount of hours of service these brothers give to the Church, community, the ward and their families is beyond anything I could ever have imagined. I had never heard of the priesthood until becoming a member so it's been wonderful learning for me. I am grateful to now have the fullness of the gospel in my life with the priesthood authority and the blessings I’ve received because of it. I love going to the temple and serving those who need the help only I can give them. I know I am eternally blessed because of the atonement and pray I can share this message of hope with others.

How I live my faith

I "grew up" in another church and am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. I attended Sunday School as a child and was active in the teenage group. During my career, I joined a professional women's service organization. In that organization, I held various leadership positions and worked on projects such as helping to raise money for senior girls scholarships and money to provide clean water for remote villages in Africa. After retirement, I was a volunteer at a local hospital for a few years. I've been blessed to have several "callings" (responsibilities) in the Church and do my best to fulfill and honor the trust given me. I have served as the chair person for my high school class reunion committees every 5 years (30th, 40th, 45th, and 50th). Today I help organize monthly lunch gatherings for former school classmates where we share our love and caring for one another. It's important to stay connected so that we can uplift one another.

What is the Relief Society?

Jean
Relief Society is composed of the adult women members of the Church...those who are 18 and older. There are no dues or annual fees...only loving women who serve others with their time, talents and great love. This organization within the Church provides the women with opportunities to serve the Lord through helping those in need. Women grow in faith and personal righteousness as they serve, and through serving, they strengthen families and homes. Show more Show less