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Hi I'm Jeannine

I live in central New Mexico, USA. I'm a convert. The church saved my life. I'm a mom, a grandmother, a survivor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am over 45. I'm a mother of grown children and also a grandmother. I love arts and crafts and music. I love to sing. I love the outdoors, gardening, flowers and butterflies. I love my husband who is so good to me and my children and grandbabies very much. There is nothing more satisfying that seeing the children you raised get married and have families of their own. There is no way to explain the joy you experience or the love you can have for the baby of your baby. My family is everything to me. We have all been sealed for eternity in the Temple. Knowing that I can have my children and grandchildren with me forever is a great blessing to me. Now that my children are all grown, I am going back to school for Web Development and Design. I'm taking online courses. This is amazing to me because the internet didn't even exist when I graduated High School! I had a tumultuous childhood filled with abuse of every kind. My father went to prison. Pornography and prostitution were openly used in our household. I was an alcoholic at the age of 16. I was actively searching for hard drugs because the alcohol wasn't doing a good enough job of keeping me numb. I had been taught by example and knew what a woman could do to get money to buy drugs. Thank goodness I didn't find them. Instead, I found the church and my Father in Heaven.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a Catholic mother and a Baptist father. Most of my dad's grandfathers and uncles were preachers. Growing up, I attended mostly the Baptist church, and occasionally the Catholic church for special occasions. My parents didn't go to church. There was a bus that the Baptist church had that picked up neighborhood kids. I rode the church bus. At the age of 14, I became disillusioned with both churches. I became Lutheran for over a year. There were just too many things that didn't make sense to me in those other religions. I began searching for what I felt was "Christs" church. The first time I walked into an LDS church building, it felt like what I always thought that home should feel like. I stopped drinking. I read the Book of Mormon. Towards the end of the book, there is a scripture, that says, "And when ye shall receive these things [the Book of Mormon], I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." (Moroni 10:4) The feeling that came over me was indescribable. I just knew it was true! In addition to that, I would have dreams when the missionaries were teaching me. The thing is, I would dream about the next lesson BEFORE it was taught to me. I had always relied heavily on dreams before that. They warned me and kept me safe. I believed what the missionaries were teaching because I had dreamt it before. I now know those experiences as being taught by the Holy Ghost. It's a knowledge that can't be taught any other way, by any other means, and there is no way to describe the feeling it gives you. It's warm, happy, peaceful and exciting all at the same time. Before my conversion, I was headed down a dark path that would have led to drug addiction, prostitution and eventually death. The church helped me choose a better path.

How I live my faith

My volunteer calling for my church is serving in LDS Family Services. I understand living with abuse, and the affect it can have on your ability to form healthy relationships. I haven't had a drink in over 30 years, but I still want it every day. I help people find free group therapy classes sponsored by our church that help with addictions of every kind. I help people find therapists in our area that can help them overcome abuse and other psychological issues. I help single unexpectant parents find resources to help with the baby, and if desired, can help them find a good family that can't have children of their own to adopt the baby. I have waded through much tribulation, but i have been spared. I feel that because of my experiences, I can understand and help those who are experiencing the same things and do it without passing judgement because, "I was there, once". I live our church's health code, pay my tithing, live an honest an moral life so that I can be worthy to hold and keep a current Temple Recommend. Being able to go to the temple and feel His peace and love is what keeps me centered. Not wanting to lose it is what keeps me from slipping back into old, bad habits.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jeannine
Faith is believing in things hoped for but not seen. You can have faith in God, but you can't see Him. I tell people that the way to grow your faith is to act on it. If you want to develop your faith that if you plant a seed it will grow, then act on it. Plant the seed. When it grows, your faith will be strengthened on that principle. If you want to know if God is there, exercise a small portion of faith and ask Him. He will show you that He is. If you want to know if any principle is true, test it out. Act on it. Show more Show less