Hi I'm Jana.
I am a daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, and friend. I like to read, crochet, and cross-stitch. I also enjoy watching movies and spending time with friends and family. I'm a college grad with a degree in English. I have a passion for music that shows in my minor in Elementary Music Education and my four-year tenure as Vice-President of my university's a cappella club. I love to sing, play the guitar, play the piano, and write songs. One day I hope to publish an album.
Why I am a Mormon
I love working in a library where I have so much information right at my fingertips. But the information available to me as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints blesses my life far more than opening an encyclopedia or reading an academic magazine could ever do. As a member of this Church, I've learned that families can be together forever. I know my Heavenly Father loves me so much that He created a plan to help me return to live with Him again. He loves all of His children so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son to earth to suffer for our sins and heartaches to make that return to Heavenly Father possible. I could never express how grateful I am for everything I've learned from this gospel. But you can get a taste of those blessings by attending one of our worship services or opening the Book of Mormon. Like walking into a library or opening a good book, you can discover the wonderful knowlege that awaits you.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
You know, I recently started rereading the Book of Mormon. I had been studying the Bible, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price because I thought, "I've read the Book of Mormon or had it read to me since I was two. I know all the stories in that book. I'd rather study these other scriptures I don't know so well." But one day, the Spirit whispered to me that I would be able to better overcome the difficulties in my life if I would read the Book of Mormon. So I decided to give it a try. That was a few months ago, and I can honestly say I'm grateful I chose to follow that prompting. I feel so much closer to the Lord as I read even a few verses each day. As I prayerfully read, the Spirit opens my mind to lessons I can personally apply to my daily struggles. As I study those pages, I feel a greater love from my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and I know they care about me as an individual. They want me to succeed not just at church, but at home and at work, too. I am so grateful I followed that simple whisper to begin reading the Book of Mormon again.
How I live my faith
I am the music director for my church group. I have the opportunity of choosing the hymns and special numbers for weekly worship services. I love the hymns of Zion! As I prayerfully choose which hymns to sing and when we should sing them, I can bless people's lives by bringing the Spirit through music. I also try to bring that Spirit by making sure I have a smile on my face when I conduct the music. No matter how my week has been, I love music and the beautiful messages of the hymns. I try to convey that love as I lead the congregation each Sunday. I hope my smile helps uplift each audience member as it reminds him or her of Heavenly Father's love.