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Hi I'm Jan

I'm the mother of six with almost seventeen grandchildren. I'm a college student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I don't love to sew, but I can sew. I'm not into crafts for the most part. I love to learn though. I'm a book person, and now I'm becoming a computer person, albeit at a senior citizen's pace! I love tutoring children, especially with reading. When there is a baby present I have a difficult time looking away. I love babies! I enjoy homemaking. I play the piano and hope to find more time to improve in that, which is hard now that I'm back in college. Someday I'd like to play the violin too. I think if I can get an "A" in my algebra class that I will be able to do anything! Prayers for my success will be appreciated!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was twenty-six. Before that time I had everything I had ever dreamed of having in life. I was happy, yet under the surface I felt that something very critical was missing. I discovered that what was missing had to do with God and I began to think a lot about the things of eternity. I found my childhood bible and I began to read from the beginning. As I read my heart began to change. I could see a pattern of prophets throughout the Old Testament and wondered why we didn’t have a prophet. I read Malachi and wondered who should we give our tithes to now? I read through the New Testament and became aware of my sinful state and of the need for forgiveness and baptism. I wondered if just anyone could baptize. What gave a person the authority to do that? When I finished reading I had questions and new desires. Was there a church that was the right one? I knew that God knew the answer to that but I was afraid to ask. What if it was a religion that I just couldn’t see myself being? I waited many weeks before I realized that I couldn’t live without knowing and that if he would tell me if there was a true church, I would join it. One night I finally made the commitment. In prayer I asked Heavenly Father if there was a true church. I told him that if he would let me know then I would join it. After the baby went down for his morning nap the next day, there was a knock on the door. I opened it and two LDS missionaries stood there. Before they had a chance to say anything, the Holy Spirit said “This is the answer to your prayer.” And that was that. In all the ensuing years I have had that decision confirmed and confirmed again. It is the best decision I have ever made and one I have not doubted for a second.

How I live my faith

In our church we get the opportunity to serve in many different ways. I've loved teaching the most. Now I substitute teach or play the piano wherever there is need. That is fun because I get to know a lot of different people. I also write the annual history of our ward and I'm a family history consultant. I've worked for Meals on Wheels as a volunteer and also in the Seattle Temple office, but now that I am going back to college I have less time. I changed my volunteering to something I could do at home. I helped three foreign students with their homework last semester through the "Speaking Partners Program" at BYU-Idaho. I loved doing that! I will do it again next semester.