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Hi I'm Janet

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 59 year-old mother of five and grandmother of five. After finishing college with a B.S. in Business Education, I chose to be a stay-at-home mom for thirty years. I am now using my teaching degree by substituting in the public schools. I also spend a lot of time doing volunteer office work where I am challenged by the computer. I love to learn. I took a few math classes at the junior college last year and hope to fit more classes into my schedule, maybe some art classes. I love to sew and quilt. I have just completed a beautiful crochetted blessing gown for my much anticipated grand-daughter. My life seems to be even busier now than when I was raising children. I am slowly redecorating the house. I love to paint - walls. Its so therapeutic and feels so fresh and clean when completed. I ran three half-marathons last year. It was an amazing challenge, one I would never have seen myself undertaking a few years ago. Fortunately, my family is very supportive, even running with me. I have come a long way. I have lost fifty pounds - thanks to Weight Watchers - and now pursue a much healthier life style. I was motivated to change after watching both my parents suffer with diabetes. As with everyone, my life has had its ups and downs but is rich and full. I find great contentment in watching my children pursue their educational goals, careers and family responsibilities.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had a witness from the Spirit to my heart and mind that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. I have felt that overwhelming peace and assurance burn into my soul when I have prayed, studied and pondered. I know He is my Savior, Redeemer and Advocate. His atoning sacrifice and subsequent resurrection provide peace, happiness and hope in my life. Through that same spiritual witness, I also know that Christ choose to restore his gospel through Joseph Smith, a latter-day Prophet. Since a young girl, I have guided my life by the teachings of the Old and New Testament, primarily the Ten Commandments. As the decades have unfolded, I recognize that obedience to God’s laws will bring peace, joy and happiness. Conversely, I have seen, through time, how those that choose to disobey these basic laws are often unhappy and discontent. The Book of Mormon has been instumental in guiding my life. It testifies of the truthfulness of the Bible, it reiterates God’s commandments, it teaches of God’s eternal plan for His sons and daughters, it shows God’s hand in the lives of his children, it enlarges our understanding of Christ’s universal mission of salvation for all mankind and it contains the promise of exaltation for the obedient. . I have received a strong spiritual witness that The Book of Mormon is the very word of God. He will give that same assurance to anyone that reads it with an open heart and sincerely prays to know of its divine authenticity. I know that I am a spiritual daughter of God. I know He loves me. I know that He has not abandoned me to struggle through mortality on my own. He has given us all the tools we need; scripture truths, prayer, personal revelation, latter-day inspired Prophets, and a church structure to strengthen us as we navigate our way back into His presence. My life, though challenging at times, is good because I understand my purpose here on earth.

How I live my faith

I grew up in an area where, often, I was the only Latter-day Saint. Because I had a firm testimony that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith, I was determined to live, as well as I could, the commandments. Thus, I selected individuals with whom I associated that were wholesome and inclined to goodness even though not members of my faith. Consequently, I was able to avoid a lot of the teen behaviors that can derail one from accomplishing one’s life goals. Once I moved into an area with a strong church structure, I became a more active participant in the Church programs. Sunday meetings have been instrumental in teaching me doctrine and strengthening my understanding of the gospel. Participation has also provide rich friendships through the years. The Mormon church has no paid ministry. We all participate through service. Consequently, I have had numerous opportunities to develop my talents. For example, I was asked to teach a one-hour scripture class to high school students every morning. Even though I had a teaching degree, I had never used it. I was a stay-at-home mom. The request seemed overwhelming at first, but I approached it with faith that if God wanted me to do it, I could. I grew so much as I studied, prayed and taught these youth. It changed who I was. My testimony became more deeply rooted and I developed a love of teaching. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I now do a lot of substituting at local schools which I thoroughly enjoy. The Church not only provides the essential ordinances for salvation but is designed to develop us, to stretch us, to refine us into more Christ-like beings. This is accomplished often through the service we render one another.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Locate the closest chapel and just show up on Sunday - we love visitors. Introduce yourself to people and tell them it is your first visit with us. They will help you feel comfortable and answer questions. Once there, you may want to give your name to the missionaries and invite them to your home to answer questions and further explain our beliefs. Show more Show less