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Hi I'm Jean Ward

I'm a happy and busy wife, mother and grandmother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California, moved to Idaho and on to Utah as work opportunities came available to my husband. I love quilting, gardening and family history. We have 8 married children, 39 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, who keep us busy. We were both raised by a generation who valued work, and still consider it a blessing to be actively engaged in simple, satisfying work. When our children were young, our recreation time was often spent at Lake Powell with our family. I have a private pilot license (as a courtesy to a husband who has been flying since his 16th birthday) and a now inactive real estate license (helping a husband in his real estate business). In return, he has always helped with children, home and yard and chores. We love and value our simple life.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in California, I was often troubled when friends told me ‘you Mormons think you’re better than everyone else.’ I didn’t think we were, but I didn’t know how to explain it when I was 14 years old, and not sure how to explain it now at age 74. But because of my ‘Mormon faith’ here’s what I do know: I know that God loves each of us, that He has given us opportunities to grow and develop in areas that we are weak in, that every challenge has a purpose, and that we can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth us. Some of that strength comes from being in church on the Sabbath day, associating with others who also want help overcoming their weaknesses. I know that the Book of Mormon is a second witness and testimony of Jesus Christ. I love the Bible and read it often, but when I need to know more, I turn to the Book of Mormon. If you want to better understand the Atonement, read the Book of Mormon. If you want to better understand your purpose here on earth, read the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon teaches us all things we need to know and do to have a happy life both here and in the eternities ahead. If you want to know more about life after death, read the Book of Mormon. My father died when I was 12. I was devastated and missed him terribly, but I knew I would see him again, I knew we would associate as a family again. That’s what the ‘Mormon Faith’ is all about.

How I live my faith

Being the oldest couple in our neighborhood and church congregation, we try to get acquainted with everyone around us. We want everyone to feel welcome - whether at church or just in the neighborhood, and we look for ways to help them. We are all God's children and He loves each of us, not because of what we do or who we are, but because of who He is. He is our all wise and loving Father in Heaven.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Jean Ward
If you read the bible, reading the Book of Mormon will clarify and deepen your understanding of what you read in the bible. It is a 2nd witness of Jesus Christ, His direct answers to all your questions. Show more Show less