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Hi I'm Jana

I'm a mom of four. I like wakeboarding and watching my kids play sports. I was widowed in 2008, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah and have been a member of the Church all of my life. I met my husband in high school where he dated my best friend. After returning from his mission, we were married in the Provo Temple. We were blessed with four children. They came in sets; the first while we were finishing our education, and the second when we entered our 40s. Its been an adventure to start over again! Despite the wide age gaps, our children are close and enjoy spending time together. I'm a former junior high teacher. I miss teaching but enjoy the opportunity to be at home with my children. My husband died in a bicycle accident a few days before Christmas in 2008. I miss him dearly but know that we will be together again. Our children are doing remarkably well. Life is more challenging as a widow, but because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I know that all is well.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that Heavenly Father loves me and is mindful of me and of my family. Since my husband's death, we have been showered by the Lord's tender mercies. Our friends, neighbors, and extended family have sustained and supported us. We are also blessed to belong to a wonderful "ward family;" members of our congregation encourage us and treat us like family. Our bishop is a good man who makes sure our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are being met. My children's teachers and coaches have been wonderful, and provide my son with role models to follow. We are in good hands. Life is hard, but we are so blessed! There are nights when I say my prayers and simply count my blessings. I am thankful for prayer and for personal revelation through the Holy Ghost. It is a huge responsibility to parent my children on my own. I know that as I make important decisions, I can pray for guidance and direction from my Heavenly Father. I am also thankful for the Holy Ghost's comfort and companionship when I am lonely and discouraged. Most of all, I am thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, and for our Heavenly Father's plan for us. Because of the sealing power of the temple, I know that my family will be together eternally. I also find great peace when I attend the temple, and am reminded of the sacred promises I have made to obey the commandments and do my best to live a Christ-like life. I am also grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and for his grace and mercy. He truly is our Savior.

How I live my faith

In the past I have volunteered with the Church's youth groups and children's activities. I have also served in the women's organization, taught Sunday School, and volunteered as a Cub Scout leader. I am currently teaching a weekly Book of Mormon class for adults. We meet weekly on Wednesday mornings to discuss the teachings in the Book of Mormon and their application in our lives. It is wonderful to have a calling where my primary responsibility is to read and study the scriptures and the teachings of the living prophets and apostles. I enjoy teaching this class. As a member of the Church, I have made a commitment to serve wherever and whenever I am needed, and my life has been richly blessed though my Church callings. I also serve as a visiting teacher. My companion and I are assigned to visit three other women in our ward. We provide friendship and encouragement, and assist with childcare and meal preparation as needed during times of family emergencies. In turn, I have two visiting teachers who visit me, and provide a safety net for my family. I know that I can count on them in times of need. Before his death, my husband and I planned to serve a mission together once our children were grown. I still plan to serve a mission. My younger two children and I have set a goal that all three of us will serve missions in the spring of 2020. I look forward to being a full time missionary.