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Hi I'm Janie

I am a mother of 5 and a grandmother of 10. I'm a CASA volunteer,I love to bake for friends and neighbors,and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a grandma. I love to dance and play with my grandchildren and just be silly with them. I love to bake yummy treats but usually give them away to friends and neighbors so the temptations aren't in the house to tempt me. I exercise six days a week to be healthy and to allow me to enjoy some of the yummy treats I bake. I enjoy reading and am in two book clubs. I volunteer as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for children in the dependency court system. I am their voice in court to make sure their needs are addressed. I love children, especially to hear their laughter and see their smiles. I currently am helping people in my area with emergency preparedness such as 72 hour kits, food storage, and gardening. With the unexpectedness of life, it helps to be prepared in all ways possible. I am grateful to have a prophet on the earth today to help warn us and guide us and help us to be prepared for whatever may come into our lives - whether it's spiritual needs or physical needs - we can feel prepared. My husband and I have been married for 31wonderful years. We love to travel and do things together. We have been blessed with three daughters and two sons. Most are married now and have children. Currently we have ten grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because my mother answered the door to two missionaries and invited them in to hear their message about Jesus Christ and the wonderful plan of happiness. I grew up in the church because of my mother's conversion. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it gives my life foundation, purpose, and meaning. Life can be very challenging at times and the gospel of Jesus Christ gives me faith and hope. It brings me peace. I love the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon because it is so plain and I feel so good when I read it. I learn so much about how to live a good life when I read it's words because I know in my heart and soul that the words are the words of Christ. I know I am a child of God and that He knows me personally and loves me dearly. He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to teach by example and word and to atone for my sins. Through Him I can be resurrected and live with Him again and through obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ, I know that I can be with my family forever. This gives me great hope and peace. Life is so much easier when I follow what Jesus Christ has taught us. The Bible and the Book of Mormon work together and give us God's words to follow. I am grateful to know of Him and His plan. Everything good in my life comes from Him. It's simple...when I am doing what He asks I am happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good neighbor and treating others as I would like to be treated. I visit ladies from my church each month to make sure they are doing well or try to help them in any way if they are in need. This program is called visiting teaching. I try to do the same thing for my neighbors. We look out for each other. At church I work with the 10 year old boys for their Webelo Scouts program. We meet each week to learn new things/skills and earn activity badges. This program gets them ready for the Boys Scouts program. I also am in charge of helping the members of our area to be more self reliant and be prepared for emergencies. We are putting together 72 hour emergency kits, food and water storage, etc. In the past I have worked over the children's program and the women's program of the church. One of the great things about being a Mormon is all that you learn and how you can grow as a person. I have learned leadership skills, public speaking, organization skills, homemaking skills, and so much more. I am a much more well rounded person as a result of my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

When I was 17 years old I decided I wanted to know for myself whether or not the church was true. I really wanted to know for sure in my soul. I always thought I believed it was true but then I wondered if it was just because I went to church and everyone around me believed it. One night I decided to sincerely pray for an answer. I knelt down beside my bed and told my Heavenly Father that I wanted to know for sure and that I wanted some kind of answer that I could know came from Him. At that moment I was overcome with a feeling that was so wonderful and good that radiated throughout my whole body. I just knew that He had given me an answer. I knew in that moment that He knew me and that He listened to my prayers and that He loved me and answered my prayers. It was a very special time in my life that I think back on a lot. That same feeling comes over me when I think about it or when I am reading the Book of Mormon or when I hear someone share their personal testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you want to know, then sincerely pray and ask if it's true. Pay attention to what you are feeling. The answer comes in different ways for different people. I just know what happened and continues to happen to me and I know it is true. I can't deny what happened or how I felt and continue to feel when I pray and study and follow His commandments. It's such a good feeling. Show more Show less