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Hi I'm Janna

I grew up in Southern California. Now my family and I live in Mississippi. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four young children. I grew up out West in Southern California not far from the beaches and only a couple hours from beautiful mountains. The weather was almost always perfect. After we got our undergraduate degrees, my husband went to graduate school in South Carolina. Then when he finished, he got a job here in Mississippi. We have grown to love the South. The people here are hospitable and many of them share my love for Jesus and the gospel. I love being able to raise my children here. I have played the violin since I was 9 years old. Singing is also a joy of mine. I enjoy reading, especially classic books. I always loved math and science growing up, and enjoy teaching it to my children now. I speak a little Spanish and am trying to learn more.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family, however, neither of my parents were. They independently learned of and embraced the gospel as young adults and decided to raise their children with the gospel. We tried our best to pray together, read scriptures, and have family activities. We attended church weekly, and enjoyed the friendships and spirit we felt there. Around my teen years I read the Book of Mormon on my own and prayed regularly. I gradually developed a strong testimony that what I was learning was true. I am far from perfect, but I have never doubted or strayed far. I know that my happiness depends on living the gospel by following Jesus' example the best I can each day.

How I live my faith

I try to read the scriptures every day. Right now I am reading a little from the Old Testament, New Testament and Book of Mormon each day. My husband and I also read the talks given by the prophets and leaders of today to help us remember what's most important for our family now. My prayers have increased recently and I feel closer to the Lord and know that He is aware of my needs and loves me so much! I enjoy visiting with friends from church and discussing gospel topics that enrich our lives and bring us closer to Heavenly Father. I have had the privilege to teach the little children and am amazed at how they absorb the truth and love of Christ.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

The official name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This name was given to Joseph Smith by the Lord. The nickname of Mormon comes from the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is a record of the Lord's people who lived on the American Continent from about 600BC to 400AD. This record was, in large part, a summary of the history of the people as recorded by a man named Mormon. He lived closer to 400AD. Since he physically engraved much of the writing that we now have, it was named after him, the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less