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Hi I'm Jana

I'm a flautist, an avid reader, a wife, a friend, and a student. I love my family and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I just got married this summer and was sealed to my husband for time and all eternity in one of the Lord's Temples. Someday I want to become a professional flutist playing for gigs and symphonies and teach private lessons. Flute and music are both huge parts of my life. Music can so much influence for good in our lives and sharing that gift is what I love most about playing the flute. Dark chocolate, and reading classics like Charles Dickens, Jana Austen, Victor Hugo, C.S Lewis, Tolkien, Charlotte Bronte and The Book of Mormon are all things that I love. I also enjoy knitting and playing board games and spending quality time with my family and friends. I've an older brother serving a mission in Canada right now and I'm so proud of him! I hope and pray that my two younger brothers will also serve full time missions. Someday my husband and I want to serve a mission as a senior couple when we're old and our children are raised and moved on. Some of my favorite composers include Bach, Taktakishvili, Reinecke, Ibert, Poulenc and Telemann to name just a few. My husband I are also teaching the 6-7 year old class in primary right now. It it such a joy to be able to teach them about Jesus Christ and how much he loves each one of them. Simple concepts like how they can pray to their Heavenly Father, why we should be obedient to our parents, why it is is so important to "love one another" and so on. They are so wonderful! My name is Jana and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I'd be nothing without my faith. I'd be nowhere without my Savior and I'm so grateful for this church. Growing up in this gospel has been an enormous blessing in my life. I know that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the one true church here on the earth. How do I know that? Because I've studied. I've pondered over the words in the scriptures and the words of prophets, old and modern day. But more than that - I've prayed and had the Holy Ghost testify to me of the truth of this church. The Book of Mormon is scripture and was translated by the prophet Joseph Smith. We are lead today by a modern day prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. Christ is the head of our church. It's true. I live by it's precepts because it brings me peace, comfort and joy and because I know that it's true. I love it so much.

How I live my faith

Part of living my faith is by how I serve those around me. I serve as a visiting teacher to some other women in my ward or congregation. I've grown to love these women who were complete strangers to me before. I also enjoy serving with my visiting teaching companion. My husband and I also teach in Primary. We teach the 6-7 year old age group and it's such a joy! Watching them learn about how much their Heavenly Father loves them and that He hears and answers our prayers strengthens my testimony and helps me feel my Savior's love for me. We live in a party town and so I have been asked about the Word of Wisdom several times by people who are curious about our lifestyle and why we don't drink alcohol or coffee or tea and why we don't smoke or do drugs. Living the Word of Wisdom is a commandment that projects us and keeps us healthier. We are promised that we might have, "health in our navel and marrow to our bones" and that we shall, "run and not be weary and shall walk and not faint." More than that though is that we are promised, "great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures" (Doctrine and Covenants section 89) to help us on our journey through life. Living my faith takes effort on my part though and sometimes I have to make decisions based on what I believe and what I've been taught vs what would be easier or more convenient. I've learned never to settle for what I want now and sacrifice something better later. Praying and reading my scriptures daily are really what keep me on the straight and narrow. I need to do these things so that I may have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. Also, never will you hear me take the Lord's name in vain or or swear or curse. If you don't start then it's easy because then you don't have to work really hard to break the bad habit to stop. A clean mouth and clean vocabulary shows a bright and smart mind. It's true. The gospel is true and I know that because I've lived it. I've tested it. It works.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

When the young men of the church reach 19 years of age, it is a commandment and requirement of the Lord that they serve a 2 year mission. Some are not able to serve a mission for physical reasons and so there are service missions and other ways for such young men to serve. Young women who have reached the age of 21 also have the opportunity to serve a full-time, 18 month mission. However, though it is a wonderful thing for women to serve a mission, we are encouraged to attend school, search for an eternal companion and serve in other ways as well. Older couples in the church who no longer have children at home and are usually retired and financially stable also have the opportunity to serve missions. These missions usually last 18 months as well and generally include rendering service and in many instances involves helping with genealogy. Show more Show less