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Hi I'm Janna

I grew up in Utah and currently live in Northern Virginia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home Mom of 3 boys. Before our children were born, I worked as a case manager with disadvantaged children and mentally ill adults. It was a unique, touching, and sometimes difficult experience that I am grateful to have had. Once our first son was born, I worked as a live-in freshman residence hall advisor at a University. Working with the students was a lot of fun, and I was fortunate to work with some wonderful colleagues whom we still call friends. Now I am grateful to stay at home with my boys and support my husband in his career. I love the theater, though I don't get to see it as often as I'd like. I am enjoying our adventures on the East Coast, including the opportunity to be a positive example of who/what a Mormon is for those who have never known one!

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors joined the Church when it was first preached in Denmark and then immigrated to the U.S. I was fortunate to be raised in a loving home with parents who taught and lived the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because they reguarly led us in family prayer, scripture study, and family gospel discussions, I never doubted whether or not the gospel was true. I leaned on their testimonies and developed my own over time. I know that I have a living Savior who made it possible for me to repent and live with Him again with my family. I know we have a Prophet on the earth who tells us what God wants us to know. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth and translate the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith is my life; there is not a "church me" and a "daily me". The gospel is my everyday life. I read scriptures and pray daily individually and with my family. Each week we set aside at least one night that is designated as family time where we talk about family issues, have a lesson, play a game, or go on an outing together. This brings us closer to each other and to the Lord. I and another woman in our congregation go together at least once a month to visit other women in the Church to check in with them, offer a spiritual message, and serve them as they need it. I am also able to serve with the young children in the church each Sunday as I teach them in Sunday School. Serving faithfully in the Gospel brings blessings.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Definitely not! As followers of Jesus Christ, we follow his example in reaching out and serving all people. As individuals, we look to all people who need help and love regardless of religion, race, status, etc. As a whole, the Church has a large Humanitarian department that gives aid to all people all over the world. Show more Show less