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Hi I'm Jane Gould

I grew up in Utah. I am a wife, mother, sister, friend, musician and non-traditional student. I am a mormon!

About Me

I have been married to a wonderful man for 26 years. I have been a stay-at-home mother of three, now grown, children. Within the past two years I have also acquired a daughter-in-law and son-in-law. I will be sending my youngest daughter to college this fall, so will soon be an empty nester, with all of my children living out of state. I taught piano lessons for 20+ years out of my home, so that I could be with my children but still help out with the finances. I have loved being able to watch my children grow up, and instill in them the values that I think are important. I enjoy playing the piano and enjoy a variety of music genres. I like reading and writing - both in my journal and my blog. I like to garden, do yoga, go to the theater and concerts. I returned to college in 2009 to pursue by B.S. degree in English/Communications, but decided along the way that I want to become a Life Coach instead, which I plan to pursue this fall. I like Spring and Fall, not particularly keen on Winter (too cold and snowy where I live) or Summer (too hot and humid).

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I have also chosen to remain a member of that church as an adult. There was a time in my life when I had to make a choice whether I wanted to remain a member of the church or go the way of the rest of the world. It was a challenging few years for me, but after much study, prayer and change, I decided that remaining a member of the church was the right path for my life. Shortly after I made that decision I met my future husband while attending Utah State University. We were married in the Logan Utah Temple and 18 months later became the proud parents of a son. After my husband graduated from college, we moved to the state of Georgia, which was about 2000 miles away from anything familiar to me. It was there that my testimony of the principles of the gospel and mormonism grew the most. It was a great time of trials and challenges for me. I gave birth to two children and lost two babies to miscarriages while we lived there. We had the opportunity to do some missionary work and I saw how the gospel can change people's lives. We had many opportunities to serve and to feel God's love for us and others through that service. After my husband finished his Master's Degree at UGA we relocated to Michigan. Since living here I have had several opportunities to serve in various church positions and have come to feel of God's love for me and for all of his children. I have seen the gospel change people's lives for the better and I find that by living the principles of the gospel I am much happier and at peace. The deaths of both of my parents over a 4 1/2 year time span really shook me to the core. The knowledge and reassurance that I have received concerning life after death and the eternal nature of families, strengthens me and helps me to cope with this great loss in my life. I have come to better understand and appreciate the Atonement of Jesus Christ and what it means for me personally.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving in several different positions at my church. In the past I have served in many various positions including president of the children's organization and the women's organization of the church (several times). I have also worked with the youth ages 12 - 18 years old. I am currently playing the piano to accompany the children ages 3 - 12 years old on Sunday, and am a co-choir director for the choir at church. I have recently started working with the Addiction Recovery Program Family Support group at the church. After attending the 12-step program myself, I am currently in training to be a group leader for the group. I work as a local precinct election inspector several times a year, and enjoy helping others take advantage of their right to vote. This summer I have been helping a woman in our church who is having a difficult pregnancy and has two other small children. It has been rewarding for both of us, as she needs the help and I need to be needed. I try to treat others as I think that Jesus would want them to be treated.