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Hi I'm Janice

I am a retired clinical social worker, grief counselor, university instructor. I am a widow, mother, grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Shortly after my high school graduation in 1968 I was married in the Salt Lake Temple. I took the train from my home in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Utah and was married to my sweetheart on a Thursday, had a two day honeymoon, and drove to North Carolina to begin our married life together. My husband was a Marine and was stationed at Camp LeJeune. A little over a year later, we left behind the grave of our first child who had been born prematurely. My husband had been deployed to Vietnam and I was returning to Indiana to live with my parents again not being certain my husband would return alive. He did but in 1995 he died following a long battle with Huntington's Disease. I was 45 and had lots of years ahead of me and no real plans for those years. So I decided to attend college graduating at the age of 49 with a Masters degree in Social Work. I worked with families and children, children with severe emotional disabilities, as a Hospice social worker, and a grief counselor. I also worked as a part time social work instructor at the University of Kentucky. As much as I love being a social worker, nothing brings me as much joy as spending time with my son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, my sisters and friends and colleagues. I enjoy being the "memory keeper" for our family gathering stories and photographs from the past as well as the present. I smile most of the time and love to laugh whenever possible. Finding joy in this life's journey has never been a problem for me!

Why I am a Mormon

Until I was ten years old I lived in a small town. My mother was a Mormon from out west and my father did not practice religion although his brothers were both ministers. My parents met during WWII. My mother never wavered in her testimony of the church however, there was no Mormon church in our town so she took us to my uncle's church regularly. When we moved to a large city my parents allowed my four sisters and I to pick which of the two churches we would like to attend. I chose the Mormon church. I can remember the first Sunday walking in and seeing a beautiful mural of Joseph Smith in the sacred grove. In that moment, at the age of ten, I knew that I was in the right place. I studied, participated in youth activities, and gained a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith as a prophet, and that Jesus is my redeemer and through him I receive salvation. Like all of us I have faced adversity - the death of my daughter, my second husband, my parents - and through it all my testimony that this is the restored Gospel with Jesus' at the head of His church here on earth has lifed me and carried me through the trials of life.

How I live my faith

Prior to my retirement I was involved in service through work as well as volunteer opportunities as a result of the work that I was doing as a social worker. Since retirement, I have started two blogs both of which reflect my beliefs. The first has to do with the transitions we deal with in our lives - death, divorce, job loss, moving, getting older - and learning how to face them with faith and integrity. The second blog resulted from my desire to serve a mission and the miracles that make full time church service a reality for a twice widowed woman with a limited income! I taught the adult Sunday School class for four years and as a result studied many of the gospel principles in great detail. I gained an strong testimony that living these principles brings great happiness. This past summer I served as church Girls' Camp director for the first time in about 30 years. At this age I wasn't sure if I could relate to the youth any longer. However I quickly discovered that the youth today aren't that much different than 30 years ago or even 50 years ago when I was a teen age girl. Working with young people - at church, in my profession, teaching at the university - always challenges me to look inside myself to see if I am living what I am teaching. I have found that youth have no time for what they see as hypocrisy. Whenever I study the life of Jesus and his commandments anywhere int he scriptures, it is clear that Jesus condemned hypocrisy. How I live my faith is to not just learn but to live the gospel principles as I understand them... and remind myself that no matter what I am a unique, loved daughter of Heavenly Father.

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely. Jesus Christ is my savior. Every day I try to read from my scriptures. This year I am teaching an adult Sunday School class. We are .studying from the New Testament. We are learning of the life of the Savior, his example to us and his sacrifice for us. It is only through Him that I can return to my Heavenly father Show more Show less