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Hi I'm Janice (Denise with a "J")

I'm a mom, aunt, sister, neice, teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and lived in the same home until I got married. While young I always loved children and music. I grew up with amazing parents and 5 siblings. Luckily one of those was a sister. I was always a babysitter and went to college for Montessori preschool education and am a certified preschool Montessori teacher. The highlights of my life have been getting married and becoming a mother to 6 beautiful children. Currently, I am a full time wife and mom, part time substitute teacher and chorus director and I dabble in making customized cakes.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converts to the gospel. My mother through a knock on the door from missionaries and my father...through my mother. It has been a blessing to have the gospel in my life. Some people assume that because you are born into the church you don't have to go through a conversion. I would like to share with you my conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In my youth I began to struggle with the concept of Joseph Smith. Things I had learned in the gospel ALWAYS rang true for me; eternal families, word of wisdom, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost being three seperate beings. My struggle was with the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. In conversation with my father and others they would try to explain that if the other things, exclusive to this gospel, were true than Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon would be true. I still struggled. I continued to live my life in accordance with the gospel and minding the advice of others to pray and read the Book of Mormon. I married in the temple to an amazing returned missionary. Years later while substituting for a young primary class, on a lesson about Joseph Smith, having continued my study and prayers about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith, the answer I had been seeking, came. At the end of the lesson it encouraged you to share your testimony of the truthfulness of the things you taught. In my mind I didn't have a testimony. As quickly as that thought came into my mind, it was pushed aside with a quiet voice testifying to me that these things were true and that I knew it. As I cried to the class full of confused three year olds that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that the Book of Mormon was true scripture, I knew that I would never doubt again and I would always be a "Mormon".

How I live my faith

Currently I have the privilege of teaching the gospel to the girls that are 14-15 years old. I also get to help out with camping arrangements for our Boy Scout troop as well as the teenage girls program. I LOVE working with the youth of our church. In my home my husband and I try to have family home evening with our 6 children as well as reading the scriptures as a family. They are ages 15-3 and it is a continuing challenge to teach and encourage them to live the gospel. It is a blessing to see them understand and feel the Spirit of God in their lives. Personally, I try to say my prayers, read my scriptures and go to church. I try to live my life, daily, in such a way that others want to know why I am "different". I am proud to live my faith!