Jane Clayson Johnson was at top of illustrious career, then family came along

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  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    July 27, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    The article's very title reveals a major fault in our society, that we consider motherhood less illustrious than a glamor career. As I review the lives of my maternal ancestors I honor most those who raised our families. Motherhood is illustrious. A true women's rights movement would be for society to allow women to return to their children without saying, "Too bad."

    Fathers, buck up, tighten your belt, and give your children their due.

  • tyndale1 Pullman, WA
    July 26, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    Jane is a stalwart, a great woman. It is always fun to watch her play her violin or teach a primary class when I visit my sons Ward in Boston. Many woman do not feel they have a choice whether to work outside the home or not, and some truly do not have a choice. But Jane had a choice and she made a good one.

  • dotGone Puyallup, WA
    July 25, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    I love this story. Women want to be with their babies. I gave up a job I loved to be with mine. I was moved by the yearning of mother and child for eachother. All else pales in comparison.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    July 24, 2012 2:37 p.m.

    This story came out about a year and a half ago. Is there a post-script to this story? It doesn't qualify as "News".

  • Mayfair City, Ut
    July 23, 2012 4:54 p.m.

    Jane has a cute "I Am a Mormon" video.

  • k7dsn Orem, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 7:00 p.m.

    Jane, is in my humble opinion, a real woman and an example to everyone. Thank you Jane

  • Jim B Pleasant Grove, Utah
    Nov. 21, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    Congradulation Jane, your gave up something that paid money and ego for the most important job in the world.

  • john h Orem, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 4:34 p.m.

    Why did her first marriage fail?

  • Honest Abe Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 4:25 p.m.

    I would personally like to thank the Johnsons for all their service in one of the single adult wards in Cambridge. It likely would not have been the first place Sister Johnson would have wanted to return, along with a young family, when Brother Johnson was called to serve in the bishopric.

    However, their life's story...how they met, and the decisions they made which led to thier marriage. It's a story better than a Cindarella.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful examples!!!

    --I hope you read this, Brother and Sister Johnson.

  • working class Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    Good for Clayson! But remember her experience is a whole lot different from that of women lacking her commercial start. Would she trade away her big fat pre-marital checks? I doubt it.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    Learning as she did to gain peace with God and then leave it up to Him is the great message of this article. When you finally choose God's peace then you can accept and love what comes after. Thanks for the article.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Nov. 21, 2010 3:49 p.m.

    I think the article is a good one as it focuses on someone who made sacrifices to choose family life.

    My idol however is my wife and all the other women who NEVER had an illustrious career even with gifted intellect, who went straight into the most important job in the world: parenthood.

    I wish the media would focus on those who gave up fame and fortune for children. I would choose Eli Herring as my idol over Steve Young.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 3:12 p.m.

    I'm having a hard time deciding which is sillier:

    (1) The claim that Janie Clayson "gave up" her being in the limelight nationally to just be a mom. (Hasn't she continued maintaining her celebrity status within the Mormon community--with the help of Deseret Media. Let's be honest, she hasn't restricted herself to just being a mom.)...Or

    (2) The majority of comments posted so far. Sappy syrup anyone? I find the celebrity worship that happens in our community to be really bizarre in an ugly sort of way.

  • metisophia Ogden, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 3:09 p.m.

    Brother Paul, I think you missed Zona's point in response to Reasonable Person's comment (which I also found a touch derogatory.)

    Jane Clayson made a plan and was willing to adjust that plan when it didn't pan out exactly as she wanted. Young women would do well to emulate her decision to complete their educations with a plan in mind -- and alternatives, too.

    Good lives don't just drop into our laps. We have to work for it. Well, and hope for a good break.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Nov. 21, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    When my daughter and her husband bought their first home in Herriman, I asked her if things got tight financially would she go out to work in order to make house payments? Her answer was, "I'd live in a trailer first. A day care center is not going to raise my children." I was so pleased. The children of parents who put children first, generally are much better off all through life. In another generation, these children will be the leaders in government, business, industry, education, etc.

  • Zencible Bluffdale, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    @Wayne Rout
    Recent statistics show that, in the white collar world, women have matched men in earnings. When bunched in with the blue collar world, it is still lopsided.

  • bobosmom Norfolk, Nebraska
    Nov. 21, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    I found this article interesting. I was single for several years before.finding the right man. I don't have a choice I have to work. I'm glad it worked out for her.

  • Brother Paul Livermore, CA
    Nov. 21, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    To: Zona Zone

    Your comments were not all that nice. Sister Johnson made a decision to put Family First
    when she HAD opportunity to Have a Family.

    She chose after much prayer and meditation
    to Go Back to Her original Plan.

    Sure the Glamor and Glits of the Network Broadcast
    world is going to wear off and get streesful, But according to the story, SHE MADE the Decision to Change direction and Priorities.

    BUT She Did have a Very Good Position in a Very Competitive Career World!! ABC News is still very

    She's a heroine in a very Real way >> to Put Family
    First. She had the chance to do it and she Did It!

    As she says, not everyone gets the same type chance
    to make that Decision, and she's Grateful for that chance to Decide.

    Zona Zone, Let's Not put down the Choices that others make. They are just using their "free agency" in a Free Country.

    Lord Bless Sister and Brother Johnson and All the younger Johnsons (their children)!!

  • Zona Zone Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 21, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    Reasonable person is right. We all know that working on network news is not at all prestigious; no kid majoring in journalism is dreaming of that right now. We all know that a prime time contract offer from ABC News is not at all what broadcast journalists dream about. We all know that no American wants to work for millions of dollars a year or be driven to work in a limo. Clearly, she wasn't at the top, so reasonable person is right in pointing out it wasn't much of a sacrifice.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 12:08 p.m.

    Nice story.

    The fact of the matter is we are surrounded by people like her. The only difference is most of the mothers just decided to be a mother first and not worry about the career. Granted they probably wouldn't have achieved as much career success but that doesn't make their choice any less meaningful.

    No matter how you got there, motherhood is the greatest and most rewarding job/calling you will ever have.

    Our nation needs good mothers (and fathers for that matter). Without them we are headed for a downfall the likes of which we have never seen.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    I'm happy for her; I've always liked her (even though we do not share a religion).

    But, she wasn't "at the top" when she gave it all up. She'd lost her morning show gig, and done assignment work after that.

    Life worked out well for her; she left at the right time, and started her family.

    Good for her!

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Nov. 21, 2010 10:56 a.m.

    Jane is a beautiful example of a person who is persevering through every season of her life. What an incredible wife, mom and truly a blessed woman in Israel.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 9:09 a.m.

    Good story! I wish they would do a "Where are they now story" on CBS or ABC. She touched a lot of people and I'm sure has influenced many for the good. She is beautiful, successful and a wonderful example of goodness.

    Thanks DN for an uplifting story.

  • Arizona Reader Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 21, 2010 9:01 a.m.

    Great article! I enjoyed reading the entire thing and appreciated the good example she set. Thanks for these kind of stories!

  • grammacarol Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    I loved reading about Jane Clayson Johnson, a woman of great faith, who knew to put her trust in the Lord, allow herself to be led in an unplanned direction, and eventually reach her ultimate goal to be a wife and mother. She has her priorities in the right place, and I admire her willingness to give up a high-paying job to marry and become a mother, the world's highest honor. As a mother, she will influence the lives of many --- some of whom she won't be aware, and some of whom she will --- because her children will have friends, and eventually have children of their own. And then, she will have the greatest job ever (my personal favorite): a grandmother.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Nov. 21, 2010 7:47 a.m.

    I am in no way being critical of her decison to focus on her family instead of a career, but when liberals quote statistics on men earning more than women it is because of things like this. Would her husband have quit his job and stayed at home...not likely. Women miss far more days in the work place than men and for the most part are more focused on their family. This is not bad, but it does explain the statistics rather than use the statistics to create a problem.

  • hikari17 Wilmette, Illinois
    Nov. 21, 2010 7:00 a.m.

    Doug, I'm curious... what did you mean by "lennonesque twist of fate" in describing Ms. Johnson's career trajectory? Were you listening to the Beatles on iTunes while you wrote the article? You've got me feeling culturally illiterate this morning.

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 6:35 a.m.

    A great teaser for her book...I'm ready to read it!

  • dmac Orem, UT
    Nov. 21, 2010 4:45 a.m.

    Thank you Deseret News for this wonderful story. It's nice to know that there are good people, doing good things and being recognized for it.