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Hi I'm Janis

I am a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a calligrapher, a docent at an art museum and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Besides spending time with the people I most love, reading, studying history, looking at and studying great art and how it fits into history are pursuits that give me great pleasure. For over sixteen years I have volunteered at our local art museum as a docent giving tours as well as slide talks in the community. I have been drawn especially to the art that portrays our Savior Jesus Christ. I have been able to speak to many groups about some of the greatest artists who have ever lived and their interpretations of the life of the Savior. Language, the written word, and the language of visual art all touch my soul, so it is perhaps understandable that the handwritten word, specifically calligraphy holds a special beauty to me. I worked at it for many years, teaching as well as creating handwritten works. I am in awe of the individuals who over time copied the Bible letter by letter, word by word, and page by page and who kept it safe for future generations - us. I find particular joy at this point in my life in my grandchildren. They are precious beyond measure and I learn a great deal by watching, listening and being a part of their lives. I am blessed having all twelve of them within walking distance of my home. Watching my adult children and their spouses also teaches me, and I am profoundly grateful that my life has expanded to encompass these wonderful people. My husband of 43 years is my best friend and closest companion.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and grew up actively attending the Church. I have studied the Gospel (it seems) my entire life, and I find the more I learn, the more delicious it is to me. It makes so much sense to me. I have some knowledge of other religions and find so much good there. However, as I study the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, I feel a confirming sense that is correct. I know there is a God in Heaven and that He is our Father, and that He loves us - more than we can possibly comprehend. I know that this earth and all that has gone before in our history here has been created for us. I know that the experiences we have here (no matter how difficult or painful) can help us grow and learn about ourselves and our relationships with others. I am grateful for the men and women who have dedicated their lives (and often given their lives) to their faith in Jesus Christ. That faith has led people to work to be better individuals according to the Gospel He taught while living here in mortality. Jesus lived and died - for us. He taught through word and example the way to live. He has atoned for our sins and for our weaknesses and makes it possible for us to live with Him again. Because of the blessings of the Temples around the world, everyone who has ever lived or who will ever live will have the opportunity to "enter in at the gate" and live again. We will also have the blessing of living together as families.

How I live my faith

I am an instructor in the women's organization in my local ward (consisting of about 100 families) and enjoy teaching from the scriptures and lesson manuals on certain Sundays of each month. I am also a ward historian, keeping the history of the events in our ward on a yearly basis. I have served in many different capacities which have been challenging and also enlightening and inspiring. Another woman and I visit two other ladies on a monthly basis where we share messages from our Church leaders. We spend time with them in order to be a resource to them if needed. While the idea is to be of service to them, we find that our lives are greatly enhanced by getting to know these women better. I am working on my family history....having traced some of my lines back to Pocahontas and beyond! Now that is fun. I am also working on assembling the history of my deceased father, who is one of my heroes. I spend two days a week at the Temple, which is about 15 minutes away from our home, where I serve as a worker. I am there to welcome people who attend, to help them find their way around, and to serve wherever I may be needed. I am uplifted and strengthened by the reverent and holy atmosphere, and always leave with a greater desire to be a better person.