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Hi I'm Janet

I'm a part-time CPA and a full-time Mom. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been best friends for 17 years, married for 15, and have three children (ages 9, 6 and 3). I have ancestors from Asia, the Americas, and Europe. I went to an international university and for 10 years in a public CPA firm I consulted individual business travelers on their international taxation. I love that I have friends all over the world and from all over the world. I love the beach. I love singing. I love food. If my recipe collection was published, it would be called, "The Half-Japanese, Working Mother, Lactose-Free, Low Cholesterol, Flexitarian, Less than an Hour, Easy Gourmet on a Budget Cookbook." And I love being a Mormon - on many levels.

Why I am a Mormon

For every Mormon there is a time when we were "converted." This applies even to those of us who are born into Mormon families. 3 of my 4 grandparents were not Mormon. I knew that my faith was a choice. I always knew God existed, at 7 years old I had my first experience feeling (knowing) that God loved me and heard my prayers, but to me that didn't prove that the Mormon Church was true. In high school in California my closest friends were Protestant and Non-Denominational Christian. While supportive, they were skeptical about my religion. There came a point where I wanted, needed, to know if what my parents believed was true. I started to read the Book of Mormon every night. At first it was just routine, but one night I read something that rang true to me. The same thing happened the next night. And the next. That pattern continues still. That summer I had a separate experience where I knew, without a doubt, that Joseph Smith really did see what he said he saw. And from then, I knew for myself. Throughout my life I have had countless experiences that re-affirm that this is in reality the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and that this is His Church. I've tested it. I've lived it. It is still true. I see God's hand weekly in the details of Sunday school lessons and Church organization, and I see His hand daily in my life.

How I live my faith

For the last few years I mentored and taught the young women ages 12-18 in my ward. We meet on Sundays for Church and on Wednesday evenings for activities. My teenage years were the ones where I asked many of life's important questions. I'm so glad to be there with these girls as they ask important questions and discover the same things I did about life and how to be truly happy. My new role at Church on Sundays is to teach the younger children ages 18 months to 11 years and supervise all the children's Sunday School classes and weekday activities. We talk about the simple truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - ones that we as adults need to understand and apply in our lives, too. For example, "I know my Heavenly Father loves me" and "I can choose the right" are some of the simple but profound things we talk about. The children constantly amaze me with their insight, thoughtful questions and goodness. Through this role I also participate in weekly leadership meetings because families and children are central to God's plan and the everyday activities Church. But I don't just live my faith on Sundays and church activities. My faith permeates every aspect and every minute of my life. I've found the more I embrace and apply my faith to all aspects of my life the more successful I become as spouse, parent, child, sibling, student, employee, community member and friend. Probably the most significant way I live my faith is living it in my own home every day, like daily prayers & scripture study, family prayers & scriptures, family night, and finding teaching moments to help my children learn the gospel, understand their relationship with God, and many other important principles. But I also believe we need to be an active member of our communities. Outside of my home I look for ways to encourage and help those around me in work circles and volunteering often in my children's schools, sports teams, and community.