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Hi I'm Janet

I grew up in Louisville, Ky. My loves are art, music, and literature. I'm a wife, mom, friend, school volunteer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mom of boys. I'm also a college graduate and a voracious reader. I find that there are not enough hours in the day to give attention to all the things I'm interested in, so I'm learning how to prioritize. I worked in Interior Design before my first child was born, now I work at being my best self and preparing my three boys to leave home as fully capable, responsible, contributing men. I still spend time space planning and putting patterns and colors together for myself and some friends, and when I can I throw in drawing, painting, playing the piano, gardening, writing, enjoying live theater, and cooking something more elaborate than a typical weeknight dinner. I don't miss my pre-mom life because I didn't give up the things I love doing, I just don't get paid for it. Of all the things I enjoy, the most important to me is my role as a wife and mother. My husband is my high school sweetheart. We have grown up together and he truly is my other half. I am especially grateful for my children. After years of infertility, we have what we feel are three miracles in our life. Noisy, messy, lively miracles. I am honored to have responsibility to care for and guide them. I take my job very seriously and strive to raise them with the knowledge that they are strong and beautiful spirits, full of compassion, and capable of reaching toward their dreams, while helping to lift others along the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon, but I'm a Mormon today because the gospel of Jesus Christ has strengthened me to weather challenges, has comforted me in trials, and has brought me to the understanding that I am treasured by God. That as a woman, I have inestimable worth and that what I do matters in the world. I have had answers to my prayers and I have felt the love of my Savior surround me in times of need. My faith inspires me to be better than I am, to see people as God would see them, to be more compassionate, more willing to be a friend, to assume the best of others. I don't believe these are traits exclusive to mormons, but I do know that this is what our doctrine teaches us. The gospel of Jesus Christ is central to our lives and I am a mormon because of that, because I have answers to all the questions that matter to me. It's not just for Sundays, it's for every day, for every moment. Being a Mormon has made me who I am and has brought my life a contentment and happiness that sustains me. I know it's possible to be happy even amidst the chaos and heartbreak that can accompany life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making gospel principles part of everyday. Our family prays together, sets aside one night a week to be together with no distractions, and read the scriptures together. Each day I have the opportunity to teach my children gospel principles that apply to the situations they face each day, things that will help them to be honest, kind, dedicated, and steadfast. I have been lucky to work with the children and youth in our church for many years. They can quickly give you so much hope for the future, and they make me want to be a better person. Currently, I wake up each morning at 5:30 am to lead a great group of teenagers in an in-depth study of the scriptures for an hour before they go to school. Over the past three years we have studied The Old Testament, The New Testament, and The Book of Mormon. We are not only learning the stories of Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Paul, Elizabeth, Mary and Martha, Abinadi, Enos, and Nephi, we are coming to know them as people who experienced life on this earth and left us a lasting legacy of faith and courage. We are finding that the scriptures might be really old, but they have everything to do with our lives right now, every day. Living my faith has made volunteering in my children's schools a wonderful experience. I get to help these beautiful children of God learn, and I feel a deeper gratitude for the good teachers they have who love them and work so hard for them. Seeing others as Christ sees them makes our community a better place to be. I live my faith by making it a part of who I am, wherever I am, every day. And when I fail to live up to who I ought to be, I live my faith by relying on the Savior's Atonement, His saving grace that makes it possible for me to be forgiven, pick myself up and keep moving forward.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Janet
Mormons lives don't differ a great deal from the lives of most families. We work, go to school, hang out with friends, see movies, barbecue in the back yard, etc... We do tend to stand out when we are the only ones not drinking at social engagements, but we aren't judging those who do, either. We choose to live according to our faith every day, and our faith has a standard that we like to live up to. We don't drink alcohol, smoke, drink coffee or tea, we avoid entertainment that we wouldn't feel good about enjoying with our children present. We make time with our families a priority because we believe that having a strong, united family is critical to not only our happiness in this life, but to our eternal lives. Part of being a Mormon is being of service. We each fulfill a "calling," or job within our church. Every one serves willingly and without compensation, although we are compensated in innumerable ways that aren't always measurable. We believe in being of use to others, making the world a better place for the people in it. We believe that because all people are children of God, it is our obligation to love and serve others. That's why we believe in missionary work, sharing the gospel with others so that they can know the happiness we have found. We also try to live our faith every day. We pray, we read scriptures, we attend church regularly. As Mormons, we find joy in seeking Jesus Christ. Show more Show less