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Hi I'm Jayne

I'm a former bilingual teacher, a mother of a blended family, and a grandma. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in the LDS Church while living in Nebraska, Utah, and California. I attended college in Utah, got married, then moved back to California and began raising a family. After becoming single with four young children (ages 7, 4, 2, and newborn), I decided to finish my college degree and get a teaching credential. I then worked as a bilingual teacher for 15 years and taught first grade in a dual immersion program. I found it to be very challenging to be a single mom and an elementary teacher (both roles more than a full-time job!), especially since I have a diagnosis of ADD, which makes organizational tasks more difficult for me. But after ten years of struggling with these issues, I was fortunate to marry a good LDS man in one of our sacred temples, and he fills in many of my gaps. He has five children whose ages are similar to my own children's ages, so we have a blended family of nine children born within a ten-year span. We are now grandparents and recently enjoyed meeting our 21st grandchild! We retired a bit early to care for my mother-in-law in our home for the last few years of her life, as she was experiencing issues of old age, including Alzheimer's disease. She recently passed away two days after her 94th birthday. As we now have a little more free time, my husband and I have decided it is time to give back to others and to our Church that has given us so much, so we will be spending then next year and a half as full-time missionaries in South Carolina.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Mormon religion by faithful parents, when I reached my teenage years I realized that I couldn't just rely on my parents' faith and that I needed to determine for myself if the church I was raised in actually taught the gospel of Jesus Christ as He intended. When I was 18 years old and started college, I began for the first time to seriously study the Book of Mormon. As I read and pondered this sacred book and took a religion class (called Institute) at the college I attended, I felt a desire to pray to the Lord to know if the beautiful truths I was reading about were indeed inspired of God. One night as I prayed, I felt a very distinct, almost tangible answer to my prayer that continued throughout the entire night as I continued to study and pray. This knowledge has brought great joy to my life, as well as direction and purpose. I have found that I can turn to the Lord for answers to my prayers and that he will direct me in all areas of my life, whether it be with guidance in the major decisions of my life or with help facing the minor challenges of being a wife, mother, grandmother, and servant of the Lord in his church. I have always felt that I have a number of weaknesses (many stemming from my ADD-related traits), but I have felt the comfort of knowing that through His Atonement, the grace of my Savior, Jesus Christ, can help me do all things that are expedient for me to do.

How I live my faith

When I was 21 years old, I served a voluntary full-time mission for my church in Guatemala for a year and a half and was able to learn Spanish. My husband also served a church mission when he was young, and we now attend a small Spanish-speaking congregation of our church, where my husband plays the organ in our Sacrament meetings. We both serve in our Branch's children's organization (called Primary), where he plays the piano and I teach the children to sing beautiful songs about our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. I also have been actively serving our church's Family History Center as a family history consultant, which means that I help others do research to find more information about the ancestors on their family tree. Family is very important to members of the LDS (Mormon) faith, and I have found it to be very gratifying to help others make connections with their family members who have passed on.