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Hi I'm Jeanne

I'm a Mormon. I was born in Montana but spent most of my youth in Illinois. I love to sing, and I love mountains.

About Me

I have 7 children and love caring for them. I speak French and I sing. My greatest joy is to see my children succeed in their goals and make wise choices. I still stay involved with music by singing solos, teaching, accompanying performers and playing the organ in church. I just finished my first season singing with the Symphonic Choir. I love singing with an orchestra, but the best part about the choir is all of the amazing people that have become my friends. Being a mom is my number one job and I love it. My days are long, usually starting at 5 a.m. and going until 11p.m. I love nature and find renewal in God's beautiful creations. When I need a break I like to read, play the piano, go for a walk, or find someone who is having a hard time and help them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was nine years old, a few months before my parents were baptized. I have always had a strong faith in Jesus-Christ, and this has helped me through many trials. I believe that spiritual things should also make sense intellectually, but more importantly I have prayed to be guided to follow the truth and this is why I am a member of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Each day I begin and end with prayer, and I read from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I also have family prayer and family scripture study with my husband and children. We try to befriend and help our neighbors. I believe in the power of prayer. A few years ago I was recovering from several surgeries and contracted West Nile Virus. Family, friends, neighbors and members of our church congregation prayed for me and I was able to recover. I had suffered from inexplicable recurrent severe illness since my early twenties and had very difficult pregnancies. Finally after 21 years, while I was hospitalized for West Nile Virus, I was diagnosed with Addison's disease. One doctor feared that this diagnosis would stress me, but it was like being released from prison. Finally, I had a way to deal with the health problems that had prevented me from functioning like a normal person. I still can become gravely ill from something as simple as a game of miniature golf on a warm day, but I have a means of recovery. Sometimes God answers our prayers not by removing a burden, but by giving us the strength to carry it.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The atonement of Jesus Christ is his voluntary suffering for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, during his trial and judgment and on the cross of Calvary. God established this universe based on laws of justice and mercy. When we commit a sin or make a mistake we become impure and cannot return to God our Father. Christ's atonement makes it possible for us to repent. This means that we change our ways, strive to right the wrongs we have committed and turn our souls to Christ. We strive to follow his loving example in all that we do. Because Christ paid the penalty for our sins, we can be forgiven and return to the presence of God after this life. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I feel our church grows rapidly because people are invited to learn our doctrine and then to go to God for answers. Those who feel peace and light come into their lives often choose to be baptized and confirmed. It takes a lot of faith to make changes in life, but most people are seeking to be happy and many find happiness in the truths they learn from our members and missionaries. Show more Show less