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Hi I'm Janea

I am a wife & mother. I am a musician. I have an artificial heart valve. I help Sudanese Refugees. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family. I was one of six children, most of whom are now outdoor enthusiasts and engineers. When I was a teenager my Dad taught us all how to make kyaks and we went on paddling/camping adventures. I love the beauty of the Northwest with all it's trees and water. I studied music therapy in college and I worked as a Board Certified Music Therapist at an Arts Center for Adults with Disabilities. I love music and believe in it's power to communicate, motivate, inspire, to beautify and to heal. Music brings me tremendous happiness. I enjoy singing and playing the piano and guitar. I am married to a kind and caring man and I am a mother to four beautiful children. I have many passions and hobbies. I like exercising, camping, gardening, learning about world events and recently have become fascinated with woodworking. For the last four years I have been a volunteer mentor for an organization that helps Sudanese Refugee families that have been relocated to the U.S. I love these African families and have found great joy in this service. Through this volunteer work I have felt closer to my Savior and have felt the deep love he has for my brothers and sisters in every nation.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have prayed about the doctrines that are taught in the church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and have come to know they are true. I have studied other religions and have never found another church that can fully explain where we lived before we came to this earth, what our purpose is on earth, and where we will go when we die. For me, these are fundamental questions that help me focus my life and enable me to spend my time and energy on the things of most worth. Scripture has played and important role in my life. My Dad always taught, "When you want to talk to God, pray. When you want God to talk to you, read the scriptures!" The Bible and the Book of Mormon have both played a vital role in my life. I believe the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I have found comfort and directions in it's pages during some of the most challenging times of my life. It has helped me to come to know my Savior better.

How I live my faith

In my church I serve in a woman's organization. I meet regularly with the other leaders in the organization and together we plan activities and events to meet the spiritual, emotional, social and intellectual needs of women who are members of our church. We always welcome women who are not in our church too. Our organization is very active. We have book clubs, exercise groups, classes that teach how to be thrifty by developing skills like making simple pieces of furniture, or how to make your dollar stretch by finding good bargains, and much more. Service is an important part of our organization also. I have been in charge of planning meals for the homeless. We try to find ways we can serve our community and those that are less fortunate. Next month we will be making baby blankets and putting together hygiene kits (toothpaste, shampoo etc...) that will go to nations that need them. We also help one another by providing meals, childcare, cleaning or whatever is needed to families who are struggling with illness or other problems. Another responsibility I have is to make sure our Sunday meetings go smoothly. Each Sunday we meet together and have a spiritual lesson. Sometimes I have the opportunity to teach the class. Next month I will be teaching the class and sharing some ideas on how to get more out of personal scripture study.