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Hi I'm Janis

I grew up in Wyoming. Became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in my 20's. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised by a young, single mother, with all odds stacked against me. Statistics would say I should have been pregnant before graduating, a high school drop out, and either on drugs or an alcoholic. Because I had a mother who wanted only the best for me, she put me in a Catholic school and let me be raised by my Grandmother and my two Aunts while she worked 60 plus hours a week. They were all wonderful examples to me and really laid the foundation for me and what I was to become. From each of these women I learned good work ethic, how to keep a home, and how to be loving not only to myself but everyone around me. I always wanted to be a cosmetologist, but my friends would not have it and they talked me into going to college. 5 years later I graduated with a degree in Accounting. It was through my first job I met my husband and we have been married for 14 years and have 4 children who have a little bit of each of us in them. I am often referred to as a survior when people hear of the life I have lived. But I like to think of myself as one of Gods Children that just had to go down the wrong path in order to appreciate the right one.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a Catholic school and being baptized in the Baptist church, I found myself still searching for the perfect fit for me. It wasn't until I graduated from college I took a look at my life and felt as if it had more potential. In seaching for this new potential, my life took a turn differently than I had planned and I found myself working for a family that were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My bosses son and I would take lunch at the same time and exchange what we knew about the gospel. We made an agreement that we would each attend eachothers church. My church was first. For reasons bigger than myself the entire lesson focused on Mormons and how terrible they were. In all my years of attending this church they had never spoke of other religions this way and I left there with a feeling that I needed to investigate the mormon church for myself. The next week I attended the Mormon church and I instantly felt like I was home. The music was beautiful, the speakers touched my heart and soul, and the people were nothing like I had imagined. The family atmosphere was very desirable and they all treated me as if they already knew me. It wasn't until my 2 year old son was diagnosed with cancer that I realized why God had given me this wonderful opportunity to be a member of his church. The day I was told my son would probably not make it if he were not life flighted to the Children's Hospital, I thought I would die from the pain. I had never felt such pain in my life and I was 8 months pregnant at the time. My first thought was my son was going to die and my second thought was this baby inside of me is going to die too from the pain and anguish I was experiencing. Because of what I had learned from being a mormon, I knelt down and prayed to the Lord to take away this pain. I immediately felt the Lord lift me up and begin carrying me. My son is now 9 years old and I will forever be indebted to the Lord and his church.

How I live my faith

The Lord has said, "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it." I live my faith by the minute. Whether it is daily personal prayer, prayer at each meal, daily prayer with my husband, personal daily scripture study, daily family scripture study, attending church every Sunday, being involved in Cub Scouts with my sons each week, choosing to take care of my body by eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, keeping harmful things out of my body, smiling at as many people I can each day, striving to do atleast one good deed each day for someone else, bringing meals to those who are in need, donating good items that would be wasted on just sitting in my storage closet, preparing myself and my family for emergency situations, going to visit atleast 3 of my sisters in the church monthly to make sure they are ok and to share the gospel with them, managing my time wisely and striving to be the best wife and mother I know how to be. This list seems huge but at the end of the day it is so worth it.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Janis
No, the Lord has given us all free agency to make decisions for ourselves. The Lord wants us to be happy and if that means serving a mission, then we shouldn't hesistate for one minute. Show more Show less