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Hi I'm Jane McBride.

I'm a Mormon. I'm a wife and a mother. I'm a New Yorker. I'm an author.

About Me

I grew up in a rural area of Western New York. I grew up in a Protestant home, though we didn't often go to Church. When I was 18, the neighbors introduced me to the LDS Church. I was baptized within a few weeks and was instantly fully active in the Church. I was made the Beehive teacher at that time, and it still stands as my favorite calling ever. When I was 20 I went off to BYU to major in English. I didn't stay there long though, because while there I discovered what I really wanted to do was to serve a mission. I went to the Oregon Portalnd mission where we saw a lot of success and I had the time of my life. It so happens that I met my husband in the MTC, though we didn't get married until 4 years after we met. Now we have been married 17 years and have 2 boys. Our older son, 11, is autistic. Our younger son, 6 is thought to have Asperger's. Both are brilliant. I love to read and discovered in college that I also love to write. It took me half a lifetime to write seriously. I finally wrote a book, a work of fiction about a young LDS woman who moves back to her small hometown and adopts a dog. A Great Dane. I'm hoping Deseret Book will be interested in publishing it and I am waiting to hear from them If they are not interested, I will publish myself on Amazon.

Why I am a Mormon

My friends and the missionaries who worked with me when I was 18 told me that I was a Golden Convert. At the time, I understood the reference, but it would be a few years before I would fully appreciate what that actually meant to them. It meant that I was someone who was prepared ahead of time, someone who would join the Church with virtually no effort on their part. I made a commitment and set the baptismal date before the first word of the first discussion was ever uttered. My friends had at first thought maybe they would go carefully with me, and wanted to give me a Book of Mormon to read. But I told them it was okay, I knew we had one already at home and I knew right where it was. I read all night that first night and went back over to their house the next day and asked, "Okay, what do I do? How do I join your Church?" After I picked them up off the floor, they called the missionaries and I had the 6 discussions in record time. My parents had always liked and approved of the Mormons, and had done much investigating themselves in the past (hence the Book of Mormon that was already in our house), and so they had no problem with my decision. Stake Conference was being held not long after I was baptized, and it turned out that they wanted a brand new convert to speak there. I had no idea what a Stake was, much less a Stake Conference. But I did it. Other than giving short reports in front of a class, this was the first time I had spoken in front of a large group. And what a large group it was, probably 600 people in the Buffalo New York Stake. That was a long time ago, but I still feel the same. It was the best thing I ever did and I will defend it to the end.

How I live my faith

Because of my older son with autism, recently I haven't been as active in Church as I want to be. I'm hoping that soon that will change as certain circumstances change. I don't have a job in the Church right now, but over the years, besides being a missionary, I have been a teacher to the 12 and 13 year old girls, I have been a Sunday School teacher for teens, a Sunday School teacher for young children, ward librarian, and I have worked in the nursery.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Jane McBride.
We believe that the family can be together forever, as a family. We do geneaology and baptisms for the dead because we also believe that ultimately, every last one of us can be traced back to the first man and woman on earth, no matter where we are from, no matter what our race or particular origins. We are all family. Show more Show less