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Hi I'm Jerelyn

I grew up in Idaho. I've worked in banking, law enforcement and medicine. I love to sing and to laugh and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother and grandmother. My husband and I have a blended family. Depending on how you count, we have eight children, 25 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. I have been retired for two years but I have had very diverse employment. I've worked in banking, in law enforcement as our county's first female jailer and the last 25 years I have worked as an office manager and surgical assistant for a group of eye surgeons. I've counted armfuls of money, wrestled drunks, maintained suicide watches and held the contents of a patient's diseased eye in the palm of my hand. I've worked with doctors & lawyers, cops & robbers, and bankers & thieves. I've learned that we are all just people who have made different choices in our lives. I have been singing with a 65-voice community choir for 38 years and have traveled with them to sing on Temple Square in Salt Lake City numerous times, at Carnegie Hall in New York City, at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and at the Sherover Theatre in Jerusalem. I have participated in many musical theater productions through the years both onstage with character roles and backstage costuming. I am a great cook, seamstress, quilt maker and scrapbooker and if you are desperate, I can even play a hymn or two on the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of Mormon pioneer ancestors on all sides. There are lots of stories of crossing the ocean to reach Zion as well as crossing the plains in wagons and handcarts. I have great grandparents who have lost toes and fingers to frostbite in the handcart companies as well as great grandparents who were part of the rescue teams sent to Wyoming in the middle of the winter to rescue them. I grew up in a small Idaho town that was almost completely Mormon. The church was a part of everything that happened in town and everything that happened in school. As I child of the 60’s and 70’s, I felt I had been too sheltered and couldn’t wait to get out into the real world and experience life as it was meant to be. When I graduated high school and moved away from home, I specifically chose a college that was not affiliated with the LDS church. I began to make choices that took me away from the gospel of Jesus Christ. I distanced myself from the church because I thought I would be happier with the things of the world. I was so wrong. Life can be very hard and the real world is not always a very nice place. My parents never gave up on me. Through the gift of the Atonement, repentance and the unconditional love and encouragement of my parents, I was able to rebuild my life and return to the gospel. True joy and happiness can only come through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I've served in most organizations of the church in the wards I've lived in but I think the calling I enjoyed most was singing with the nursery kids as the Primary chorister. There is nothing better than singing "I Am A Child of God" with 2-year-olds! Since we retired my husband and I have been able to serve three separate 10-day medical missions to a small town in central Mexico where I have been the surgical scrub tech to an eye surgeon in performing cataract surgery for people who do not have the financial means to pay for surgery. It has been a privilege to stand beside him and assist as he performs a surgery that literally gives sight back to patients who have been blinded for years with cataracts.