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Hi I'm Janis

I lived in Latvia for 2 years where my father was born. My name means John in English.

About Me

My sweetheart and I recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary. We have a 6 year old son and 3 year old daughter. My wife was a high school math teacher for 8 years and now devotes her time to raising our children. I work for an investment manager and assist shareholders and financial advisors with managing their accounts. I am passionate about helping people in any capacity by lightening their burdens and sharing a smile. My hobbies include: coaching my son's athletic teams, volunteering with a non-profit who assists children with developmental issues, playing and watching sports, riding my bicycle, playing basketball, going to the park and on outings with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of our church for my whole life. However, I became converted during my sophmore year of high school. I really needed to know for myself that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ was true. Due to the love and efforts of parents and several church leaders, I felt the influence of the spirit and gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and how the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ was provided for all, but how it was exclusively for me and my personal situation as well. This made all the difference to a teenage boy trying to find a path that pointed to the meaning and purpose of life. Even today I am still being converted and strengthened in my testimony and I strive to follow the Savior's commandments and example. The teachings and knowledge of the importance of families and how we can find happiness in our day to day living add fulfillment to my life.

How I live my faith

I strive daily to do the little things such as reading scriptures, having personal and family prayer, spending time with each of my children and trying to improve on my weaknesses and build on my strengths. My favorite service opportunity is visiting with my families for home teaching each month. Ideally, I am supposed to being rederring service but I feel a lot of joy and happiess by asking them how they are doing and learning about their challenges, accomplishments and life events. Probably the greatest manifestation of my faith in trying to follow the Savior is by volunteering my time to help others. Recently, the Mormon helping hands group gathered to help the Modjeska Canyon residents clean-up after the mudslides that came through their homes and communities. We helped out after the fires impacted them in 2007 as well. In November 2010, I volunteered in the second grade classroom to teach Junior Achievement for 5 weeks. The children learned about for-profit and non-profit businesses, taxes, and different types of workers in their community. This program benefits them by educating them about possible career options or courses of study as they grow up. Our modern day prophet, Thomas S. Monson has said, "All who hold the priesthood have the opportunity for service to our Heavenly Father and his children here on earth. It is contrary to the spirit of service to live selfishly within ourselves and disregard the needs of others." Each of us is placed here on the earth with the ability to help others. We only need be more aware to see the great need and reach out to our neighbors. It is through our simple acts of service that others' needs are met.

What do Mormons believe about family?

We believe that our family relationships are able to continue on after this life. The temple provides special ordinances and knowledge of how we can work and play together as a family to obtain these goals. The programs of the church center on each family member's identity, responsibility and devine potential as a son or daughter of Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Our lifestyle is happy, family-oriented, Christ-centered, focused on using our time and resources to serve and bless others lives. We enjoy playing a variety of sports, watching a variety of sports and exercising regularly and eating healthy. In the community in which we live, we are active on our children's sports teams, we support local non-profit organizations with service projects and our time. We strive to make our neighborhoods safe and try to get to know our neighbors. Show more Show less