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Hi I'm Janice

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and I'm a Mormon. My husband and I are serving in the UT Ogden Mission as full time missionaries.

About Me

My husband and I were married 45 years ago in the Logan Temple. I'm a mother of seven children - four daughters and three sons. Our oldest son was born with Down syndrome and still lives at home with us. The other six children have married wonderful mates and have given us 26 of the most amazing grandchildren in this world! I was a stay-at-home mom until my oldest daughter went to college then I worked part time substituting at an elementary school. Later I worked full time for six years -- two years in a bookstore and four years in a physical therapy office. I am retired and have served as an officiator in the Logan Temple for a year and a half. My husband and I are now serving a full time "live at home" mission in the Utah Ogden Mission for the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a wonderful family that belonged to the Church. I was taught the Gospel from my youth. Because of the heritage that I have from ancestors who crossed the plains, many with extreme sacrifice, I feel my life needs to be lived to reflect the love of God I inherited from my progenitors. I know the Church was restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith and I'm grateful to belong to it today. Many of my life's experiences have strengthened my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

We have been counseled by our prophets to pray daily, read the scriptures, attend our meetings and the temple, pay tithing and keep other commandments of the Lord. I like the quote by Elder Francisco J. Vinas, "Studying the scriptures, praying regularly, and living the gospel of Jesus Christ are works of righteousness, and the Lord has revealed this wonderful promise: 'He who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.'" D&C 59:23 These are wonderful words and make life so much better when I do these basic things.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Janice
Our church believes in families. "The family is ordained of God and is the fundamental unit of society." see The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Family is my life! I love to have my children come home to visit. I love family gatherings with all the excitement of cousins seeing each other again and siblings rejoicing in being together. One of our family mottos is "Look to the lighthouse of the Lord." President Thomas S. Monson continued, "There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. The lighthouse of the Lord sends forth signals readily recognized and never failing." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Janice
We believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. He was the Creator, He is our Savior, and He will be our Judge. When Jesus lived on the earth, He led a perfect life. He taught by word and example how people should live in love of God and others. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and by giving His life on the cross -- that is, by performing the Atonement -- Jesus Christ saves us from our sins as we follow Him. Because of the Atonement, a person can be forgiven of ones sins if true repentance takes place. Through His resurrection, Jesus Christ saved us from death. Because he overcame death, we will all be given the gift of resurrection, that is to say our spirits will be eternally re-united with our bodies. This glorious doctrine allows us to feel a great hope that we will be with loved ones who have passed on. The sting of death is lessened and faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ is increased. I received so much comfort from these concepts when our daughter passed away from cancer three years ago, leaving a young family of six children behind. I know through the Atonement of Christ she will live again and be reunited with her husband, children, siblings, and parents - as well as other extended family members. Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ for His glorious gift of resurrection and eternal life! Show more Show less