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Hi I'm Janine

I am wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, and occasionally a substitute teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I began working in public schools at the age of 18 and have enjoyed touching the lives of children and youth ever since. I have taught dance, reading, writing, math, and English as a Second (or third or fourth) language. I have been happily married for nearly 6 years. When we were first married, my husband and I both went to school and worked full time. I was two quarters shy of graduation when we had our first child. After taking a year off to be with my daughter, I went back to finish my internship and student teaching to complete my degree...even though I was pregnant with our second. It wasn't easy, but with the help of extended family, we got it done. I knew I wanted to set the example for my kids that education is important - even if it is not a convenient time in your life. I feel prepared to use my learning to teach my own children and to provide for my family if the need were to arise. I love being home with my kids and am grateful for a husband who works hard to make that possible. We are becoming quite adept at recognizing needs versus wants! I accept substitute teaching assignments from time to time to "keep my foot in the door" and keep my experience current. I am one of five kids and I still consider my siblings to be my best friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but that in and of itself does not a Mormon make. My father's family accepted the gospel when he was 17. My mother's family joined the church while she was still a baby. Hearing the stories about their spiritual journeys has been an inspiration to me. However, I still had to find out if this was Christ's true church for myself. As I reached my early teen years, I felt a desire to really know and have a testimony of my own. I began a serious study of the scriptures, accompanied with much prayer and fasting. One evening, after praying specifically to know if the things my parents and church leaders had taught me were true, I felt guided to open my Bible. The pages almost seemed to turn themselves until I reached Second Timothy chapter 3. My eyes were drawn to verses 14 and 15, which read, "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." In that moment the words, "You already know," came clearly into my mind. I did not gain a testimony in that moment, but realized that I had been slowly but surely gaining a testimony throughout my life. I know that the LDS Church is true and it has brought me so much joy. It helps me draw closer to my Father in Heaven and provides me with an understanding of my purpose in life. It gives me a blueprint for how to provide my family a home that is a haven from the world and its influences. It provides me peace as I learn the Plan God has for me and that my family can continue to be together even after this short mortal probation. I come to know my Savior through the teachings of the scriptures, and that brings me such great happiness. I'm a Mormon because I know this is what God wants me to be - a follower of Christ.

How I live my faith

"Regarding the debate about faith and works: It’s like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important." -- C.S. Lewis I love this quote from C.S. Lewis. Rather than arguing about whether faith or good works are more important, he gives and excellent example of how one is incomplete and insufficient without the other. I live my faith by serving others. My service starts at home - taking care of my family and looking for ways to make their comfort and happiness a priority. In church I have had the opportunity to serve in various callings, teaching, planning wholesome activities for young single adults, guiding young girls in developing talents and testimonies of their own, coordinating service for needs within the community, and serving a full time mission. In the community I live my faith by serving in ways such as helping in community cleanup projects, helping others move, watching children for families who need emergency childcare, donating items to the Deseret Industries thrift store that provides job training and other important services, volunteering at schools, etc. Christ went about doing much good and He asked us to follow Him and "Do thou likewise," so that is what I am trying to do. I feel awkward writing these things down, because I feel like quiet and unnoticed service is the most appropriate way to follow the Savior, but I hope some of these examples will give others ideas about different ways they can serve. Other ways I live my faith are by praying often, attending church, reading my scriptures, having integrity, attending the temple, and seeking forgiveness and ways to make things right when I make mistakes.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Whenever someone of Christian background asks me this question, I respond by first asking them some questions. Do you believe that God loves all His children throughout the world? Do you believe that Christ is all powerful? If He is all powerful, could He have gone anywhere in the world? If God loves everyone, wouldn't He want His children on the other side of the world to have an opportunity to learn of their Savior and see him? If Christ did appear to people on the other side of the world, wouldn't they want to keep a record of something so important? Once we get through these questions, we come to the conclusion that it is possible that Christ appeared in North America. Then all that remains to be done is to ask God if it happened and if the account of this visit in the Book of Mormon is true. I know God loves all His children and that He sent His Son to Atone and die for us so that we can return to live with Him again. After His resurrection, Christ went to see the people on the North American continent and they were expecting Him because the prophets there had taught of Him and foretold of His coming. I feel the Spirit confirm the truthfulness of this account every time I read it. Show more Show less