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Hi I'm Janet

I'm an RN, author and speaker and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was "thirty something" with 3 children and a husband at home, I returned to college to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. I worked in various areas of nursing until I was able to get into obstetrics with mothers and babies. I worked for most of my career in a large county hospital as a staff and "charge" nurse in OB and with midwives. I now travel and speak to nursing students and nurses across the US as an inspirational speaker. My book, "Hotel Hennepin" chronicles my career. I am passionate about nursing and love sharing my experiences. I feel so strongly that as people we all have so many things in common. We all want health and happiness and safety for ourselves and our loved ones...no matter what country, culture or religion we are from.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in another denomination and have great memories growing up in that faith. My parents and I attended church every Sunday. I am so grateful that they taught me to love the Lord by their example. As I grew older, I had many questions as we all do. Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going when I leave here? What is my purpose? Some of those questions were answered by my clergy, but I was left to ponder a great deal. It seemed unfathomable to me that a loving God would place me on the earth and leave me alone to find out the answers on my own. Well, he didn't! After I was married and had my three children, I began attending church after a few years of not going at all. I wanted my children to have the same opportunities I had as a child, namely, attending a church. But after "trying out" various churches in my new area, I became frustrated with what I was hearing. I had listened to some Mormon missionaries the year before and had been impressed with what they taught me. Everything they said "rang true" and I felt a sort of peace when they were in my home. But Mormons? I thought they might be too "different" and "strict." I had said "No thank you" to them. But now, as I recalled my time with them, I was reconsidering. I decided to contact the Mormons once again, but to my surprise and delight, the next day they showed up at my door! I had not seen Mormon missionaries in over a year. I had moved to a new area. I had not even had a chance to contact them again, but here they were...standing at my door! How was this possible? Well, all things are possible with the Lord. He knew I was searching for truth. How else would those missionaries have known to knock on my door? How would they have known how to find me? I truly believe they were guided by my Heavenly Father. He knows the desires of our hearts. He knows when we are ready. That week, the sister missionaries reviewed what I had already heard a year before. My questions were perfectly answered. The gospel of Jesus Christ is complete and has the answers we search for! The following Sunday, I was baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Four months later, my husband was baptised. That was thirty years ago. My three children were raised in the Church and are now raising their children in the Church. It has been a great blessing in our lives and I know it can be in yours as well!

How I live my faith

It's so easy when at first, I thought it would be so hard! My children have grown up with friends who have had the same high standards. In fact, my son was known as "the Stormin Mormon" on his high school baseball team. He was the captain and catcher and was respected by everyone he came into contact with. The church programs are second to none! Families are encouraged to have "Family Home Evening" at least once a week usually on Mondays when they can gather together for a family lesson or activity. We believe that "Families are Forever."

What is being a Mormon like?

One of the things that attracted me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was that it is a "way of life.". It is not a religion to be practiced only on Sundays, but on a daily basis. We abstain from alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea. We believe families are "forever." We take care of one another, teach one another and actively attend church on Sundays and different meetings (and activities) during the week. No one receives a salary in the church for any work they do. It is a lay ministry just as it was when Jesus Christ established his church upon the earth. We provide service to one another as well as community service. The church is know worldwide for its humanitarian aide and is usually one of the first organizations on the scene when there are disasters of any kind. We are very family oriented and children are loved and taught eternal principals in our homes. On Monday nights, we have "family home evening" when we set aside all other responsibilities to spend time with our loved ones. Mormons are sometimes known as "the happiest people on earth" and it's true! We receive great joy and blessings as we serve other people. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Mormon women preside over the "Relief Society" which is the oldest and largest women's group in the world! We have weekly meetings and activities that help us to have fun as women, learn new things that we're interested in, and increase our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We teach Sunday and weekly classes for youth and serve on councils that lead the congregations. We sit side by side with the men on those councils. We have assignments in all areas of the church. We learn to love our roles as women whether that is at home with our families, at church or in the work places. Women are encouraged to attend college and have an education. Women are respected and honored for our roles upon the earth just as we honor men for their roles as fathers and husbands. Marriage is for eternity...not until death parts us. The Lord does not place us here to have families in mortality only to tear us apart at death. I guess I always believed that in my heart, but now I know it as a fact and I am so grateful for that knowledge. Show more Show less