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Hi I'm Jan

I was born in Utah, but raised in Mesa, AZ. I taught junior high science for 30 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music. I play the organ and piano. I sing in the ward choir. I am divorced and remarried, have 3 children I gave birth to and 6 that were added when I remarried. They are grown, many married and we have 21 grandchildren altogether. I am now retired and spend my days reading, sewing, and planning family activities. I usually am involved in taking classes at the local community college or some other place close to home. I ride my bike for exercise, but not as a hobby.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised as a Mormon. My parents followed the prophet and we read scriptures together as a family. We prayed as a family. We went to church as a family. There came a time I wanted to have the spiritual enlightenment I had heard so often about. A spiritual experience that would be undeniable for me. Something that would allow me to say honestly,"I know for myself that Joseph Smith was a prophet, the Book of Mormon is true and this church is God's church." I was about 13 years old. I decided to start asking God for this. I had read the Book of Mormon with my family and some on my own. If others could do this, I should be able to. We were going camping. Even camping we never missed church. My dad always knew how to find out where to go to church (and this was before the internet). We went to a little branch that met in a tin shed. Our family of six doubled that congregation. I thought that maybe things would be different in this situation, but it wasn't. We sang hymns, received the sacrament, and heard talks, just like always. As we were leaving this overwhelming peace and happiness entered my being. It was different than anything I had ever felt, except when I was baptized. Somehow I knew, this was the answer to my prayers. I know some might scoff at this, but the spirit communicates in a still small voice and I know that God knows he answered me. I cannot deny it. So through it all, times I have been ousted, ridiculed, ignored, I know that God loves me. He has stood beside me through the death of my father, being thrown out of the house by a stepfather, marriage that was difficult, teaching junior high, divorce, and still now when times are good. When I do my part to allow him to be there in my life, he is. Life is better that way. So I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

Having played the piano since I was eight years old, I often have music callings. Right now I play the organ for the main worship service and the piano for the women's meetings. I sing in the choir which gives me the opportunity to sing praises to the Lord every week, even though I play for the services. I also have the assignment and opportunity to visit with a companion a few of the women each month and bring them cheer and a spiritual lesson. I have made new friends in this assignment and have been able to serve my neighbors in a way I would never have thought about before. I have gone to court with them. We have had dinner together. We have watched movies together. I have help to fold their kids clothes, cleaned their house, and shared food. These activities have blessed my life. In the past I have been the music leader, Sunday School teacher, in charge of the young women's organization (12-18 year olds), leader in the children's organization (those younger than 12), and served in boy scouts. The most profound way I live my faith is very private. I read my scriptures and pray everyday. Even my family cannot fully comprehend what is going on as my spirit is fed each day through these two activities. I can feel the Lord in my life. I feel him teaching me. I feel him guiding me. I feel him blessing me. I recommend it to all.