Hi I'm Janice
I'm so excited because I'm becoming a Bradley Method instructor! It's a form of natural childbirth that emphasizes relaxation techniques and the husband/significant other as the mother's "coach" through pregnancy, labor, and delivery. I just gave birth to my first daughter using this method and loved it. Becoming a mother has been such a fulfilling and challenging experience! I've been having my highest highs and lowest lows ever since she came into my life, but honestly, I can't wait to have my next! My husband is from Albania. We met at Brigham Young University. I got my Bachelors Degree in English Teaching and he got his Masters degree in Civil Engineering. I taught English to 9th and 10th graders in Utah for two years before we moved back East. I worked on my writing for a year, but haven't finished yet since my daughter was born. I will though!
Why I am a Mormon
I've struggled with my faith even though I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My mom converted to Mormonism when she was in her early 20's and my dad's family have been members of the church since its beginning. Because I was born into the church I was taught to believe its teachings since I can remember. But I struggled intermittently with whether I wanted to be Mormon, especially when I was a teenager and through my early 20's. Compared to a lot of other faiths, Mormonism asks a lot of its followers. But, with time and experience, I've felt the difference between having the Holy Ghost in my life and not having the Holy Ghost. I've seen that when I follow the teachings of Christ and His commandments that I feel happier, I'm more at peace, and I'm able to face life's challenges and overcome them in ways that I couldn't do if I didn't have His Spirit with me. I didn't appreciate how blessed I was until I knew what it was like to not have the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life. Now, I'm so grateful that I can pray anytime and communicate with Heavenly Father, that I can read my scriptures and get inspiration, and I can be sure that if I am making good choices then the Holy Ghost will be my constant companion. It makes me feel so much more strong, confident, and peaceful when I know I'm including Heavenly Father, His Son, and the Holy Ghost in my life.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
When I was a teenager I read a passage in the Book of Mormon from the book of Alma. It compared the word of God to a seed. It said that if you plant the seed and it grows then you know it's good, but if it doesn't grow then you know it's not good. However, you have to take care of the seed in order for it to grow. So, if the seed is good, but you don't take care of it, it will die. The lesson was that if we don't nurture our belief in the gospel through things like daily prayer and scripture study, going to church, keeping the commandments, etc. then our belief will disappear. Knowing this has helped me understand that to keep my relationship with God strong and growing I need to be working on it everyday. I love Heavenly Father and I want have a close relationship with Him. For that reason I try to make time to say my prayers, read from the scriptures, and write in my journal everyday.
How I live my faith
Right now I help out in my congregation as the assistant Librarian. I basically just make copies or give people supplies if they need something to help them teach their Sunday School lessons. In the past I've worked in the nursery, watching and teaching the children 18 months - 2years as their parents attended their Sunday School classes. I've also taught the 3 year old Sunday School class. That was a lot of fun! I also go with a friend each month to visit the same three women in our congregation. Every woman is supposed to be doing something like this. It helps us get to know other women in the congregation and it also helps the leaders know if anyone is in need. I enjoy visiting these women because they're not women I would have approached on my own, but as I'm getting to know them they're becoming so inspirational. I even found out one of them birthed all six of her children using the Bradley Method!