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Hi I'm Jean

I grew up in Georgia. I am the seventh of eleven children. Family is important to me. I love genealogy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in rural Georgia. I am the seventh of eleven children. I loved growing up with so many siblings. I was a tomboy and loved spending time outdoors. I found many Native American artifacts as we lived on old Cherokee land. This sparked my interest in Cherokee culture and history. I have a wonderful husband and we have been married for 47 years going on 48. We were blessed to have two wonderful children and have eight grandchildren. I love spending time with my grandchildren, teaching them, interacting with them, and doing things with them. I love learning about my ancestors and the stories I learn as I do my family history.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a great heritage in the church. My mom's grandfather joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints around the late 1800s. He was an herbal doctor and helped a sick missionary from this church and in return was given a Book of Mormon. This book led to his conversion and baptism as he read, studied, and prayed to know if it was true. It also led to his family members' conversions and baptisms as he shared it with them. This caused my mother to be raised in the church. My dad's father and family joined the church in the early 1900s after he had a dream that two men in suits would be coming to their house and had a very important message that would change their lives forever. Soon after two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came and were welcomed into their home. The missionaries taught him and his family the gospel and shared with them the message of the Book of Mormon. This led to the conversion and baptism of him and his family members. My dad was born after his family joined the church so he grew up in the church. I was given the opportunity to grow up in the church because of the wonderful choices of each of my parents' families to join the church. As I grew up in the church and lived the gospel at home as a child I knew that it was true. I was baptized and received the Holy Ghost when I was eight years old. It was a special time and I felt the Spirit. When I left home I had always believed that the church was true but had never completely found out for myself. I knelt down and prayed to know for myself and received a very strong witness that the church and Book of Mormon were true. This witness set my life's path and the person I became. I am so grateful for that testimony that has only deepened with time. I was also able later in my life to visit Jerusalem. Being in places the Savior was, made Him even more real to me and strengthened my testimony of Him and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I am active in the church and not only attend church on Sundays but accept assignments to serve and help others. I also try to live my faith every day. I try to read my scriptures and pray to my Heavenly Father each day. I study and ponder them. Then pray for greater understanding of what I read. I try to implement all that I learn into my life to become more Christ-like. I am not perfect but I am thankful that I can work on my imperfections, improve my life, and grow because of my knowledge of the Savior. I am so grateful for the Savior's great atoning sacrifice which allows me to repent when I make mistakes. The gift of the Holy Ghost helps me live my faith by leading, guiding, directing, and protecting me. I am thankful to have this gift and know he can always be with me if I am worthy.