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Hi I'm Janice.

I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and finally finished college in my 40s. I'm married and retired fall 2012. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing and play piano. Years ago I sang with the Bach Society Chorus, last year with the Minnesota Mormon Chorale. I teach some of our grandchildren piano and play piano and organ at church. I have college degrees in English and creative writing and love to read. After college, I returned to medical secretary work when I couldn't find a job teaching junior college English. Now I'm retired and have more than enough to do! These days, my greatest hobby is quilting. Quilting and keeping up with family and friends are what keeps life colorful and rewarding. Five of our 6 children live in Minnesota, and they are the parents of 10 of our grandchildren. Our older daughter is married and lives in Utah; they are the parents of our additional 6 grandchildren. (The future promises a few more grandchildren.) We moved to Watertown, SD, when we retired in 2012 and visit our children and grandchildren as we are able. We have a guest bedroom and enjoy having family and friends visit with us here in Watertown. Friends are always a good source of comfort and cheer.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a Mormon at the moment of birth. My father's parents were converted to the church in the early 1900s. While my mother didn't join the rest of the family at church much, she never had any objections to my father and us children attending the Mormon church. When I was little, I was taught the traditions and accepted them. I felt a great love for Jesus as my older brother. However, the time came for me to find my own way after I left home and went to college and out on my own. I made some pretty bad wrong choices, but it was how I learned. And when I needed help, the Lord and his servants here on earth, helped me sort things out and repent. Since that time I have known the truth of the gospel and love Jesus has for me and for each one of us living on the earth. I married my sweetheart in the Salt Lake City Temple in 1969. We have been blessed as a family. Family life has taught me how our Father is able to love us all and keep us in His heart.

How I live my faith

The most obvious thing I do at church is play the organ and piano for church services; this I have done since the age of 12. I have taught adults and children in Sunday School and youth activities. But the most enjoyable and obvious way I live my faith has been in raising our family. What greater joy there might be, I may never know. These days, I just try to be open and welcoming to everyone around me, as was Jesus when he lived on earth.