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Hi I'm Janalyn

I grew up on my toes as a ballerina and now my husband and 2 miracle daughters continue to keep me on my toes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a goal-setter but I didn't start out that way. I grew up as easy-going as they come. I loved our big family growing up. I took dance lessons and had a scholarship. But as I got into College, my goals expanded and I eventually got a degree in Elementary Education. I taught third grade for five years and I loved working with kids. I also taught Pilates as a way to keep my creative outlet open. I met the tall, dark and handsome man in my life in 2002. I am now happy to say has been my eternal companion for almost 9 years. He wears cowboy boots and knows how to make me laugh. He makes our family his hobby and I love him for it. After our marriage, my husband and I had the distinct feeling that we should go to a doctor to see if we would have difficulty acheiving a pregnancy. We went to many doctors over the next several years. We had a diagnosis of unexplained inferitlity. We continued to know the pain of our infertility as years passed with no child. We prayerfully made the decision to try infertility treatments. In 2008, my husband and I attempted In Vitro Fertilization. We felt over-joyed to know that our daughter was coming. We feel changed by this miracle. We hoped to continue to build our family, but this time we knew it should be through the miracle of adoption. In 2011, we were able to meet our second daughter and welcome her to our family. She is such a light and joy to us. We continue to try to help encourage others with infertility.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up as a Latter-day Saint, I also feel that I have a conversion story of my own. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time when I was twelve. I still can remembering finishing the last page in my dad's office at home. I prayed to know if I could understand and feel for myself of the book's truthfulness. What I felt that day made up my mind that this book would be the most true and influential book I had ever read. That feeling has never left me. My parents are significant role models to me. They are the kind of people that have a light within them. The older I got, the more I hoped that I could be more like them. They taught me by example to pattern my life after my Savior, Jesus Christ. The light that they have is from a lifetime spent seeking a strong personal relationship with Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. There is nothing I desire more than to have that kind of relationship and companionship myself. When I went through the trial of infertility, I had opportunity to search my soul and try to find hope among the pain. Over time, I started to pray more and more. What was most effective for me was to get on my knees and pour out my heart through prayer. I felt the power of the Comforter, or the Holy Ghost during these times and it started to change me. I would cling to my husband and found that he was my closest friend and this only brought us closer. We found a purpose through this difficult time. I will never have all the answers. For instance, I was never given a diagnosis to my infertilty, even after years of testing. But I know that if endure this trial with grace, hope, and faith and lean on my Heavenly Father, all the blessings denied to me in this life await for me in the eternities. I believe that part of the purpose of our infertility has been to help comfort others, as they have comforted me. I know that I can be with my family, and my beautiful children forever because of the gift of the Atonement.

How I live my faith

As a mother, it's easy to forget to slow down and take time for myself. But my scripture study time has become a true friend to me. During that precious time of the day we moms call "nap time", I try to make a little time to sit down and read from the Holy Scriptures. Sometimes I study a topic and research what Prophets and Apostles have said and I know these are inspired words as well. Also, I take some time to prepare a lesson for the Young Women in my local ward. These girls are true inspirations to me, and I enjoy thinking about their needs and how I can teach them. Every Monday night, my husband and I gather the little ones and we teach a short lesson for them. This lesson involves principles that matter most to us, and we try to make them central to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Nothing is more important to us than teaching our children and we hope to make our Family night a part of our family tradition always! Inspired Church leaders have counseled us to make this time a priority, and we have found that it is an easy and wonderful way to have our home become a haven. The Scriptures teach that "whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it." (Luke 9:24) To me, this means that service is the best way to lead a full and happy life. I have had times in my life when I was able to serve the community by working at the local hospital. I have had times when I felt that I just needed to better serve those in my own home. When I was a young, newly married college student I was called to serve and lead the women in our ward. This calling was a saving grace to me. I found that I had a love and compassion for these ladies that could have only come from my Heavenly Father. This also came at the time of my life, when my husband I were first struggling with infertility. But I found that as I served those young mothers and new wives, I was given a gift of losing myself in friendship and love, instead of bitterness for my own trial.