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Hi I'm Janet

I grew up in South Carolina. I love sports. I teach college biology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a happy LDS home, the 7th of 8 children. I always loved science and began doing cancer research as an undergraduate. After college I entered a PhD program in Cancer Biology. Seven (long) years later I graduated and taught college biology. During graduate school I met my husband and we were married 5 years ago. We now have a 1-year-old daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

I am an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it alone provides the saving ordinances I need to return to live with my Heavenly Father. But besides that, I am happier, healthier and have a better perspective because I have chosen to be obedient to the commandments. I have found that there is no part of my life (spiritual, physical, intellectual) that is not benefited from my membership in this church.

How I live my faith

One of the great things about the LDS church is that they put you to work. I credit the Church for helping me develop as a teacher and leader. I taught a lesson in church long before I ever gave a lecture in academia. My favorite thing about teaching is seeing someone learn. This past year I taught a scripture study class for teenagers every morning at 6:30 before they went to school. It was very rewarding and I learned a lot. I am now working with the younger children and am surprised at what they are teaching me.

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

It's easier to live a Mormon lifestyle than you'd think. I've found that anytime someone obeys truth and follows the commandments of God, there are immediate blessings that come into their life. For example, abstaining from coffee, alcohol, nicotine and drugs may be challenging initially but there are immediate blessings of health and a sense of empowerment that come by living that law. It becomes easier to live. Mormons also strive to live honest and virtuous lives, and to help the people around them. Doing so brings the blessings of peace of mind, optimism as well as very tangible blessings in many cases. As King Benjamin taught in The Book of Mormon, there is no way we can ever repay God for all the blessings He has given us, even if we served with our "whole souls" all the days of our life (Mosiah 2:21). Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I've recently asked myself this question as I have seen friends lose their faith in God. For me, all of the times I have felt the warmth of the Spirit testify that there is a God and that He is aware of me. These moments are oftentimes short and small, coming as I read the scriptures, pray, go to church, see the beauty of the earth, listen to beautiful music or watch a child learn. I like the phrase found in Hebrews 4:2 that teaches us that we must not only hear the word, but "mix it with faith" in order for it to profit us. We must have faith to be obedient and do those things that will allow us to feel the Spirit in our lives. Show more Show less