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Hi I'm Jana

I was born in Mississippi. I went in the military at 18, drove big trucks, adopted 4 boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost in my life are my kids! They are the reason I get up everyday and participate in this thing called life! I was born in Mississippi on an Air Force base, and was raised all over the world, I knew 3 languages fluently by the time i was 7. When I turned 18 I joined the military too. When I was honorably discharged I didn't know where I wanted to "settle" so I continued my so called 'gypsy life' by becoming an Over The Road truck driver for 21 yrs. 14 yrs ago I tore a rotator cuff releasing the trailer and had to "sit still" for over a yr during which time I became a foster parent for the state I lived in. Being a foster parent to those 18 children changed my view on what was really important in life, I ended up adopting 4 brothers. These children are MY life!

Why I am a Mormon

I had been exposed to so many different religions over the course of my life. My mother was a religious fanatic, and studied the scriptures intensely, trying to find the "right religion" was a constant search. When I became an adult I was through with all that religion stuff....things in the bible my mom spent so much time in research doing, I was convinced did NOT exist. I was proud to be the agnostic I was, until I met the missionaries. My boys were 8 and under at the time and when the missionaries told me I could be with them for all eternity I wanted to know more! I was extemely skeptical that this was some type of cult or something, until I did what the missionaries asked of me which was to read and pray for myself to know of the truthfulness they were sharing with me. It ALL made sense, the missing pieces of the puzzle that I had known for so long were fitting! I knew deep in my heart with the overwhelming feeling of peace that THIS was what my Heavenly Father wanted for me and my children.

How I live my faith

I am a visiting teacher (which isn't what it sounds like) through our womens group called Relief Society and I go with a companion into pre-selected homes just to visit and build a repoir with maybe 3-4 other women from the ward. We get to know them and determine from them their needs. We can pray with them and talk with them about a specific topic or just be there for them through the trials and tribulations, sadness, grief, joy & celebrations life gives them. More importantly I get to become a better person by getting to know other people and how I can put away my self for that hour or more a month to tend to the needs and be there for them,

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jana
My biggest answer to this questions is....knowledge. Not knowing and afraid to find out by asking what Latter Day Saints really do believe and not just gossip or rumors past from generation to generation. Ask, learn, seek, pray to find out for yourself. Jesus Christ & his Father our Heavenly Father are the central figures of our worship, to which we pray. I have had people question me if we pray to Joseph Smith, that is the type of misconstrued ideas people have heard, and just leave to wonderment instead of KNOWING the truth. The temple is a sacred place where sacred ordinances take place voluntarily without force, it is not a secret, anyone found worthy can benefit from the blessings that are in store for them in the temple of the Lord. Ignorance about the details of what goes on in the temples has caused many, many people to make false assumptions about the Church as a whole. Show more Show less