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Hi I'm Jana!

I'm a singer, graphic designer, art history connoisseur, Mormon.

About Me

I'm the girl next door, I sing, and I'm a graphic designer. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with my degree in graphic design and art history in 2009. I was also in an auditioned choir sponsored by the local Institute of Religion. These people became my very best friends. I moved around a lot when I was a child, as part of a military family, so it was a blessing to finally stay in one place long enough to build long-lasting friendships. I had the amazing opportunity to travel around with this group singing, serving, and spreading the gospel for three amazing years of my life. We even got to sing in General Conference, and it was an experience unlike any other. I will never forget it. I love to have fun and I love meeting new people and traveling to exotic and amazing places including Jamaica, Belize, Mexico, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, and The Netherlands. Part of what fuels my love of traveling is my love of art history. The other part is my love of escaping to some place new and exciting! I love listening to beautiful music, watching amazing movies, reading compelling books, good shopping, awesome food, and being around wonderful people.

Why I am a Mormon

I say that I'm a member of the LDS church, but it's so much more than that. The church has made me who I am. I'm not just a part of it, it's everything I am. I have a very strong testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My entire being is built upon a firm foundation and is shaped by the teachings of my loving Heavenly Father and His son. I know that Jesus Christ came to this earth and was crucified so that we could return to live with Him again. I know the sacrifice is was for Heavenly Father to watch His only son suffer so that we wouldn't have to. What greater love is there than that? I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have witnessed the power of those words. I know that God speaks to everyone, even a young boy in a grove of trees named Joseph Smith. I know that He will speak to me too, through the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that no problem is too small to take to Heavenly Father through faithful prayer. Those prayers will be answered. I know that, as a child of God, I am of noble birth and am worthy of so many blessings and promises if I follow His word. I can feel the love He has for me. I know that messengers from God have been sent to lead and direct us in these latter days. Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God, just as Joseph Smith was, and all the others in between. I know that I live in a trying time, but I also know that I was sent here because I can deal with it. The trials I have been given are because Heavenly Father knows I am strong enough to overcome them. These trials help me learn and grow. Without this gospel, I'm not sure where my life would be. I know I would not have this happiness, though, or feel the love of God so strongly in my life. I will continually strive forever and always to be more like my Heavenly Father, and I say these things in the name of His son, my Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I've had many opportunities to serve in this church. When I was a teenager, I was placed in several leadership positions over and with other girls my age. Through this calling I got to plan activities, organize service projects, and form bonds with the girls I worked with. I was also a camp leader at a girls' camp. As I got older, I got to teach young children the teachings of Christ. Those little spirits are so pure and innocent. I think they taught me more than I taught them. I have never felt the Spirit stronger than at the baptism of one of my 8-year-old students. Now I'm in a singles ward, and I have learned the power of visiting and home teaching. It's an inspired work, and I have made strong friendships from it. Every adult member of the church has the opportunity to serve and teach other members through this calling, which is a testament of its divine purposes. I also work with one other sister on gathering and collaborating the information for all of the members of our ward. We take pictures of everyone for the website, and make the activities calendar. It has helped me get to know everyone, and help bring them together. I feel very blessed to have a calling. It makes me feel like I have a purpose and that I'm helping to further the Lord's work here on Earth. Paying tithing brings innumerable blessings. It may be a bit of a sacrifice, but you gain so much more than you give. And look what it has done to further the kingdom. Tithing has brought temples and meetinghouses to church members all across the world for the soul purpose of finding faith and love in Christ.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jana!
No Mormons are "required" to serve missions. We're actually not required to do anything, because we are blessed with free agency (the freedom to make our own choices). All young men in the church are strongly encouraged to serve at age 19. They are taught throughout their entire lives the importance of serving, and most of them grow up looking forward to that time in their lives. Women are allowed to serve at age 21. Of course, they are also encourage to serve, but it is not expected of them as it is with the young men. We also have a lot of senior missionaries, who further the work in amazing ways as well. All missionaries are volunteer, and receive countless blessings over monetary gain. Show more Show less