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Hi I'm Janey

I'm a wife and a mother of 5 young children. I love to read and bake and listen to great music. I'm a feminist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Mom of 5 young children. I've chosen to stay at home with my children. I love to read and am deeply interested in women's issues and women's literature. I love to bake, go to book club and playgroup. Dates with my husband are a treasure and I most enjoy listening to people that I love make music.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church before I was born so I grew up LDS. With that said, I also grew up in an area with very few other members of the church so it wasn't always easy for me or my siblings. I was an exchange student in Belgium when I was 16 and this was a life changing experience for me. Not only was I living away from my family, but the host family I was living with were not LDS and there were no other LDS members within 30 minutes of where I was living. I realized very quickly that my example would be what many people would know about the Church. My host family was supportive and took me to church and to my Wednesday meetings and seminary. As I struggled to learn a new language and cope with a different culture, I turned to my scriptures and to the Lord. I began reading my Book of Mormon in Dutch and within a month I was fluent in the language. I prayed constantly and learned to listen to and rely on the Lord. No longer was I doing things because I had to, I was doing them because I wanted to. Living there gave me the strength to know that no matter what happened or changed in my life, the Lord would always be there and he would be the constant that I could rely on. In the many years since then, I have learned that lesson over and over. Raising children is rewarding, but it is also very difficult and frustrating. At times I felt trapped and unloved, but the Savior helped me know that my role as mother was more important that anything else I could be doing with my life. Challenges have come and they will continue to come, so I'm very grateful for a Father in Heaven that loves me and a Savior that literally has done everything for me.

How I live my faith

Living our faith happens in our little everyday actions. Do I speak kindly to my husband and children? How much gratitude do I feel? I'm not perfect. I don't always speak kindly. I wish I could say I do, but I don't. That's why I'm grateful for a Savior. He makes it possible for me to have hope that I can change. That I am loved enough to be forgiven and that I can likewise forgive others. There are things that I do to help me keep my faith. We pray daily as a family, we try to read scriptures together everyday (wish I could say we're perfect on this, but we're not), we talk about the gospel at home and try to help our children understand that it's more than going to church on Sunday. I serve in church and I pray on my own and study the gospel on a personal basis. I get to serve in our church in our youth program with young women. This is a great blessing to me and helps strengthen my faith as I see and watch youth grow into the amazing people they are. Their faith strengthens mine. So much about service is self beneficial and I just pray that I can influence the girls as much as they encourage and uplift me.