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Hi I'm JaNeal

I'm a mother. I'm a student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a mother of 5 and my children range in age from 14-2. My 2 oldest children have been diagnosed with P.D.D. Pervasive Developmental Disorder. I love to read classic novels, quilt, and bake. I like to walk near my home. I'm pretty obsessed with my Ipod right now! I'm registered to start classes this summer to finish my degree and I'm really excited as an almost 40 year old to accomplish that goal.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess I can say I am a Mormon because of strong women in my life. My paternal grandmother was the first member in my family. She was about 13 and walking home from a meeting were other kids had laughed at her because she couldn't read well. In her mind she was determined to never go back to that church again. Of course, who does she run into on that walk home but 2 missionaries! She always bore testimony that she was a simple women and she didn't know a lot but she was smart enough to know the true church. I'm grateful for her simple faith. My own mother was 15 when she met my father. He was quite the trouble maker but through him and his siblings she was introduced to the gospel. She had always had questions in her mind about what happens to babies when they die, etc. and the LDS church was able to answer those questions. She has been steadfast and strong ever since and has been a great instrument in my fathers testimony and activity. How can I deny what these women have planted in my heart and the spirit has testified is true? On my own I have learned repeatedly for myself that the church is true. As I live the gospel it has been confirmed to me over and over. I do feel that I can trust in those that have gone before me. To me it seems so reasonable to say that the Book of Mormon has to be true, and if so then Joseph Smith is a prophet, and thus so is Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

I attempt to stay a lively member! We live on the east coast and mormons are far from plentiful here. Our ward needs our service so we serve! I teach seminary and serve in the primary. My husband serves as well. We attend our meetings. We attempt to teach the gospel in our home as well. This is at times a chaotic thing! Scripture study is crazy and FHE is short and sweet with lots of cookies! Family prayer just doesn't seem to happen without giggling and fidgiting! But, we carry on. I try to remember when things are crazy how the prophets have promised that if we do these things in our homes that we will be blessed.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

We believe that families can be forever. I have been married now to my best friend for almost 16 years. Matt converted after we met and we were engaged soon after. We decided to wait to get married until he was a member for a year so we could be married in the temple for time and all eternity. We spent that year focused on preparing ourselves for our temple marriage. We built our marriage on an eternal foundation. It has meant everything to us. We have great peace and love in our lives. I have complete trust in him because I know that he not only promised me but covenanted with God. I can not imagine an eternity without him. This is a great motivation for me to try to live my life in accordance with those things that lead to eternal life. Show more Show less