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Hi I'm Jean

I grew up in Panaca. I have ten children. I'm a Mormon and have been all my life.

About Me

I am the middle child in my family with an older and younger brother. As a child I would have imaginary conversations with my future children as I drifted off to sleep at night. I wanted to have a large family who loved Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I loved music and was willing to sing, dance, play the piano or clarinet throughout my youth. Learning to read was difficult for me until I was in the fifth grade when suddenly everything "clicked" in my head and I became a "book worm." Theater and music brought joy to my elementary and high school years. My college years at BYU were a dream come true as I participated in the marching and concert bands and earned my elementary education degree. I became engaged and taught school while my fiancé was on his mission. We married in the temple, had five children and I was expecting our sixth child when my world fell apart. A divorce ensued, I found I was a single Mom praying for guidance and help. Inspired Priesthood leaders, parents, and the Savior's Atonement became my life support line. A remarkable school teacher convert entered my life, took me to the temple, and loved my children as if they were his own and me. Adjustments were numerous, repentance was vital. Gratitude for life and answered prayers led to three missions and soon-to-be a fourth.

Why I am a Mormon

Being born in the Church gave me the advantage of enjoying all the amenities loving parents, church leaders and teachers had to offer. I was raised listening to pioneer stories of my ancestors. I knew their sacrifices and heart aches. They were survivors and had great faith in our Father in Heaven. I enjoyed the benefits of their lives and was able to participate in all the youth church activities. When I was 14, I was asked to speak in sacrament meeting and given the topic, "Why I Believe the Book of Mormon to be True." I did not know if I truly believed it or not. Two weeks of anxious, anguished prayers followed. I determined that I would not testify to something I did not know. The night before I was to speak, my fervent prayers turned to desperation, promises and tears. Finally, a gentle rebuke came into mind, "Jean, you know the Church is true. You have always known it. You have witnessed answers to Priesthood blessings uttered in your behalf. You have heard the Spirit speak to your heart." I felt a presence in the room and the Spirit was so overwhelming that I dared not open my eyes. My prayers turned into hours of expressions of gratitude. After my divorce, the scriptures became my source of instruction. I was not a scriptorian so I would just let the Book of Mormon pages open anywhere and read. The answers would "jump off the page." I anxiously awaited any teaching of our living prophets. I obeyed counsel from my leaders and parents. My spiritual experiences multiplied with life, and I can bear a sure witness that Jesus is the Christ, living prophets lead us today, Joseph Smith was an instrument in the hands of God to Restore His Gospel, and no challenge is too great to overcome with the Savior taking you by the hand. The scriptures are living water and reservoirs of truth which bring peace and joy to the soul. If the Lord can heal a frightened, insecure mother of 10, grandmother of 51+ and great grandmother of 6, He will change you too!

How I live my faith

I have been a room mother for my children in school, a teacher, a substitute teacher, a piano teacher, a cub scout leader, a scout committee member, a 4-H leader, and have participated in many community fund raising drives. Church callings have given me the opportunity to teach, organize, and administer in all the women's and youth groups. As a visiting teacher I have developed cherished friendships with wonderful women who range in age from teens to 91 years of age. I loved the children I taught. They all have blessed my life. Serving as a temple ordinance worker and missionary has enlarged my understanding of our Heavenly Father's children and has given me great love for them all and their world's of life experience. My greatest desire is to be observant and to be a good Christian. My daily prayer is to ask who may need me to be their friend.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Jean
We believe we are on a path of progression and that we will continue to learn and grow once we die because we pass into a Spirit World where we may be with family members and other great people who have passed on. In this Spirit World false traditions and beliefs will be exposed and we will be taught truth in its purity. Learning truth is of upper most importance and as we progress we will look forward to being resurrected--having our physical body reunited with our spirit--never to be separated again. Jesus Christ, our Savior, made this glorious event possible through His death and Resurrection. (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jean
We believe we are literal spirit sons and daughters of loving Heavenly Parents who loved us, taught us, and blessed our lives before we were born. We believe the family with a mother and father is the best setting for us to learn, grow and experience life's challenges. Although our present family setting may not be "ideal" or even closely match our pre-earth life, I believe through constant prayer and humility, our Father in Heaven and His Only Begotten Son will take us by the hand and lead us step by step until our own family will be able to pattern our actions after theirs. As we strive to forgive one another's weaknesses and strengthen our faith in the Lord's family plan, we will come to know for ourselves that "The family is central to God's plan for His children." I have been a single mother of six children, but through faith and prayer, I was given a second companion who loved me and my children as his own. By applying true family principles grounded in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, we have tasted heavenly joy. Show more Show less