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Hi I'm Janae.

I'm a small town girl living in a big city. I'm an athlete, an entrepreneur, a creative specialist, and a first time mom.

About Me

I grew up in the South, lived on a family farm in Tennessee, and love the countryside out there. I married my best friend in November 2009, and we recently moved to the big city of San Diego, where he's from. The two of us love the outdoors--rock climbing, surfing, snowboarding, and cycling. I enjoy sewing, making jewelry, baking and cooking, interior design, gardening, blogging, and photography. I've been through some difficult things in my life and have managed to overcome them with the help of others and guidance from God. My mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor when I was 9 years old. During surgery to remove it she had a stroke, paralyzing her right side. However, she's stubborn and refused to believe she was ever handicapped, and today she walks, drives, laughs, and lives almost as though it never happened. I have post-traumatic stress disorder from falling victim to the poor use of another's free agency. I've had it since I was a child, and finally got the help I needed to begin healing from its cause. My wonderful husband has been supportive and encouraging, and I have finally learned how to cope with and accept the horrible happenings of my past. I'm happy, optimistic, creative, hard-working, and I love living life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of this church, but that doesn't mean I always believed it was true. As a matter of fact, for a while didn't want it to be true so I believed that it wasn't. My parents have always been supportive of me and even encouraged me to look into other religions so that I could figure out for myself what what church or religion was right. I studied every religion I could get my hands on--from Catholicism to Hinduism and everything in between. There always seemed to be something missing from each religion I studied and I couldn't quite figure out what it was--that is, until I came back to where I started and began studying the Book of Mormon. After endless days of study and heartfelt prayer, Heavenly Father gave me an answer: "Of course it's true! It has been all along." I realized that it was never up to me whether it was true or not. The fact is: it is true! I just needed to accept that. And so I made the difficult but necessary changes in my life, repented, and began living as the leaders of the church have taught. Life became easier and more manageable, even if my trials and challenges were still difficult. But living the Gospel of Jesus Christ has made all the difference in me loving myself and being truly happy. I could never turn my back on it now, not after all that God has done and continues to do for me, nor would i ever want to.

How I live my faith

I read the Bible or Book of Mormon every day, pray personally each night before I go to bed, and attend church every Sunday. I also try my best to live by the commandments God has given us--whether they're from the Bible or from our prophet today. I strive daily to be an example of Christ, living in such a way that if I were ever in his presence without knowing, I could look Him in the eyes, recognize Him, and be able to throw my arms around Him and be unashamed of any part of myself or my life.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

I've known some incredibly talented people who consider themselves homosexuals. I still love and appreciate these people unconditionally. I don't know why some people are homosexual or why Heavenly Father would let those people struggle so much with something as controversial as same-gender attraction. I don't know how homosexuals will be judged when they stand before God. That's not for me to know. What I do know is that it would be impossible for the Plan of Salvation to work and to move forward if families were not put together as God has set forth--male and female, mother and father. The commandment given to our first parents, to multiply and replenish the Earth is a commandment we still need to live today. Children could not be brought into this world, and family progression into eternity would stop. Our Father in Heaven wants our families to be eternal, and He wants us to fall in love and to be happy with our spouse. But He can't let something just slide that goes against what He has commanded, otherwise He would not be an unchanging or constant God. He never supported it in the past, and he surely won't decide that now it's okay either. If people do have homosexual feelings, those feelings should not to be acted upon. It would be a struggle, yes. It would be unfair, sure. But it would not be impossible. Heavenly Father provides a way for us to keep all of His commandments. All we have to do is have faith in Him, trust Him, and He will follow through. Show more Show less