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Hi I'm Janis

About Me

I am a wife, mom, and grandma. I was born and raised in Southern California and lived there until August of 2009 when we moved to Orem, Utah. We have seven children, five sons and two daughters. Five are married so far and have blessed us with ten grandchildren, so far. This year (2013) we are expecting three more grandchildren and we couldn't be more excited. We love spending time together as a family. Since our move we have kept in touch with our children and their families in California using webcams, which has been a lot of fun. Of course, in person visits are the best! Three of our children are here in Utah, three are in Southern California and one is in Oregon. Family is the most important thing to us and we feel blessed anytime we are able to spend together. One of our favorite family activities is camping.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church about a year and a half after we were married. We had a young baby and felt it was important for him to be raised around people who had good morals and values. We wanted him to know that leading a valiant life was important to other people and not just his "old-fashioned" parents. (I know the phases that youth go through. :-)) I wanted to investigate some Churches and my husband was fine with me starting with the "Mormons" since his grandparents had been active members. I had some exposure to the Church while I was growing up. There were a few Mormon students in my school and I had even become pretty good friends with some of them. When I would stay with my paternal Grandmother over the weekend she always would turn on and listen to Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir before we went to Church (Trinity Methodist). We were able to get the name of the ward that was in our area so we called and asked to have the missionaries visit us. I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover and I knew it was true. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that he restored The Church of Jesus Christ. The more I live the gospel the more solid my knowledge becomes. Family has always been important to me. Some of my best memories are the great reunions we would have with my mother's family. . Families can be together forever through Heavenly Father's plan and I cannot think of a greater blessing.

How I live my faith

I have been fortunate to have been able to serve in several church auxiliaries. Currently I work in Primary with the 9 and 10 year-old children. It is amazing how they truly do understand the principles of the Gospel and have wonderful comments and questions in class. Every woman in our Church belongs to the Relief Society. We meet together to share and teach one another about common interests and to develop new skills. Our women's group also works to support and care for one another and for those in need. I am also privileged, with another sister, to watch over and care for a few of the sisters in our ward. We share a monthly message and strive to serve and support them. Personal improvement and following the counsel of our Prophet is an important part of being a Mormon. I am far from perfect, but I work on improving myself and my life to become a better disciple each day. I strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and be more like him in my thoughts and actions. I am grateful for the Atonement of Christ that gives me the opportunity to repent and change my life. Also, it is very important to me as a mother and grandmother to support my children and be a good example to them of living the principles of the gospel. Attending the temple and doing genealogy is also something we enjoy doing. We search for our deceased family members and then we are privileged to perform sacred ordinances for them so they, too, may enjoy the blessings of eternal life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. Serving a mission is something that members volunteer to do because they desire to serve their Heavenly father and their fellow man. They desire to share the great message of the gospel. Many missions are service missions where they share the gospel through their great example and desire to provide a service rather than proselyte. We consider serving a mission a great privilege and not a requirement. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Simply put, YES! I have always loved family and felt strongly about its importance, but learning about the Great Plan of our Heavenly Father has given me an even greater realization of its importance, and a greater appreciation for our family relationships. It is such a great blessing to have a loving supportive family and it is a great blessing to be a contributing member of a loving supportive family. It takes great work, dedication, and patience, but it is more than worth it. It has also taught me a great deal about the kind of person I need to be so that my family wants to be with me for eternity... think about it!! :) Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

The best way is to try and become like Him. We study His word and seek after him in prayer and as we practice our faith by being obedient to the things we have been asked to do we receive further promptings from the Holy Spirit to guide our lives and help us to be more like Him. We also receive strength through obedience to overcome the personal challenges in our lives to bring our lives into more alignment with His. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yes it is true! I love this question, because when I was a young girl in elementary school we were taught that some of the early explorers to the American Continents were seen as a returning god by the native populations. The story was told that a god had visited them and promised to return. The traditions of their fathers had passed along the story of Jesus Christ's visit to North American after his crucifixion and ressurection. Jesus Christ had promised to return, but that event is still in the future. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

When we can take care of ourselves we feel better about ourselves! We also believe in what we refer to as "stewardships." It is part of our stewardship to take care of and provide for ourselves and then contribute what we can to help others who may not be able to take care of themselves. "Emergency preparedness" is an important part of self-reliance. It is good to be able to take care of yourself from day-to-day, but what happens in an emergency? "Emergencies" can be anything from unemployment, to a strike, to a full blown disaster. I remember talking to my dad (not a Mormon) about it and he kind of chuckled at the thought that there could be something that would happen and there would be no food/water/toilet paper on the store shelves. Not long after that there was a truckers' strike. Nothing that completely wiped out the store shelves, but it made me think about what would happen if we had to go without the necessities for even a short while. We have been fortunate to not have encountered any major disasters, but we have been able to pinch pennies when needed by living providently and using our stored food. We also know of many families that have been protected from major problems when unemployment or a drop in income occurred because they had their stored food. It is a great blessing when we follow the counsel of our Church leaders. Show more Show less