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Hi I'm Jana

I was born and raised in Arizona. I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I teach piano and do yoga. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I've been married 37 years, have 6 kids and almost 5 grandkids. My last 2 children were adopted from Russia. It was not something I planned on doing, but the Lord said to do it. We are all learning to be an eternal family. Some days we do great. Other days it seems an impossible goal. Besides daily scripture study and prayer, playing the piano, running and doing yoga help keep me in good spirits, and make life worth living.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that had been members for 5 generations. Several of my ancestors were acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith. Still I had to gain my own testimony and decide whether the Church was true. There was one point in my life where I was critical of the Church and all the seeming inconsistencies of programs and members. At that time I became very ill and struggled each day just to do the basics. It was very humbling and I realized that while the Gospel is true and perfect, the Church on earth is like being human--prone to frailties and faults. I forgave the Church and in my weakened and very imperfect condition I was blessed with a very strong assurance of a loving Heavenly Father and older brother Jesus Christ. I thank Them for Their patience and willingness to restore me to health and strength.

How I live my faith

My greatest joy in serving in the Church is working with the children. I love teaching them the Gospel especially through music. Learning the truth in the basic, simple way that children do, keeps me grounded and refocuses me on what is important. I have found much satisfaction in having the opportunity to play the piano both in and outside the Church. I volunteer at a local Montessori school teaching the students to play. The right kind of music helps us be especially sensitive to spiritual experiences.