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Hi I'm Jeanette

I work in an office. I write and illustrate novels. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my siblings-- they mean everything to me! I'm grateful to know their kids. I appreciate all of their experiences, personalities, and the strength that they've shared with me. Thank you, family! We grew up on the East Coast of the United States, where I watched my Mom nurture and my Dad travel to Japan. Both roles highly influenced my life, as I prided myself on being a good sister and I studied Japanese for years in order to visit the country someday. Since then, I've returned to the States and worked in education and childcare, then in business operations. I also write and illustrate under the pen name, Jet Malek.

Why I am a Mormon

Phase 1: I had the experience of being taught Mormon doctrines within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a child. I chose to continue being a Mormon deliberately- as others around me rejected or avoided it- at first because I was sad, and knew that I needed the spiritual help to feel peace. I felt the love of God and my Savior, but a desire to avoid fear was my real motivator. Phase 2: As I continued living the teachings, I felt more love and greater peace-- which is when, like a student, I mistakenly thought I had "earned" it; entirely forgetting that without teacher, class, or material, I would have nothing. Thus, I continued as a Mormon, just as a student continues to study in order to get better grades. I was humbled when, as an adult, I began to encounter more situations where any amount of good I did brought me no peace, happiness, or love. Thus I realized: I couldn't generate it. Any good things that I had experienced previously came from my God, and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Good feelings were gifts, not merits. Understanding that the good things we do or see are both part of a universal truth- whose source is God- helps me to avoid the pitfalls of expectation, impatience, and entitlement. I am grateful and happy to be a Mormon: this Gospel anchors me, teaches me, directs me. This Gospel encourages me to pursue learning, and to incorporate anything good that is out there. Thank you for what you have given me, Heavenly Father!

How I live my faith

I've been asked to teach classes as a volunteer on different religious topics for children and adults, of varying ages and backgrounds. I previously taught free English classes through my church assignments, too, both in the States and in Japan. Donating my voice to an Interfaith Choir, serving on cleanup projects (like through Helping Hands, after Hurricane Sandy), and giving articles to those in need are all extremely important to me. I strongly believe in finding whatever is good out there, and in giving back however I can.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jeanette
No. We only worship and pray to God, the Eternal Father, in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. You may hear the name, "Joseph Smith" a lot when you talk with Mormons, though. He has played a critical role in revealing truths that benefit humankind. Yet even God Himself said to Joseph Smith (during his lifetime), that if Joseph wouldn't listen and obey, God would choose another servant. This is a reminder that God will choose any of those who will choose Him; but if they will turn away from Him, He cannot bless them as He once did. We admire, respect, express gratitude for, and teach about different people who have done great good in their lives-- without worshiping any of those people. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Jeanette
God taught in the scriptures that His people will do His work for the benefit of others, not for personal gain. Those who volunteer their services in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints keep their volunteer work for the church separate from their job used to support themselves and their family. These are two reasons why Mormons don't have paid clergy. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jeanette
Another word for "ward/stake/branch" is a "congregation," or a group of people who live in a specific area that meet together. "Ward/Stake/Branch" are terms frequently used among Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), & each word refers to a different size. "Branch" is the smallest: 30-100 members who actively gather on Sundays in a specified place to worship. "Ward" is the next size up: more than 100 members who actively gather on Sundays in a specified place to worship. "Stake" is used to refer to several Wards & Branches in one region: members of a Stake gather four times a year (not as often as once per week) for worship. Members of any/all of these groups also participate in other weekday activities for further worship, learning, recreation, and service opportunities in their areas. Show more Show less