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Hi I'm Jana

I grew up in Redmond, Washington. I'm an accountant, a Christmas Tree Farmer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Redmond, Washington in a house in the middle of the woods outside what was a very small bedroom community. My parents were wonderful people who loved the gospel and were always striving to be more Christlike. I am married to a hard working man and we have six with only one still at home. We eventually took over my father's Christmas tree farm because we felt that it would help us teach our children to value work. I've worked for many years as a accountant along with helping my husband with the Christmas tree farm. Recently, I've started working in my profession fewer hours and so I have started vegetable gardening here on the farm with some other families. There is something so beautiful in watching a blossom become a pear or a tiny seed grow into rainbow chard. I love to be out in the garden or planting in our yard.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I took the Mormon church for granted. I had always attended church because it was expected of us. When I was a teenager, I lived in Germany with a wonderful family. At first, I was so homesick because their family was different and I could barely understand what was said around me. I took that time to read the Book of Mormon through and to pray earnestly. I had such a wonderful feeling of comfort come over me as I realized that, though I felt alone in a strange country, I was never alone because my older brother, Jesus Christ, would always be with me to watch over me. Since then, I have learned to recognize and appreciate more and more the tender mercies of our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that they love us as individuals and know us and understand our needs better than we do. I'm grateful for the gift of prophets who speak to us in these days, guiding us to help us draw closer to Christ. I know that as I read the scriptures and try to obey what I learn from them, I will be able to become more Christ-like. I also love the temple and the peaceful, calm spirit that I feel when I'm there. I'm so glad to be a Mormon and know that what I do here matters to me and to my Heavenly Father who loves me.

How I live my faith

The most important way I strive to live my faith is the constant stiving to be more Christlike. Striving for true Charity or the Love of Christ I try to visit other women who are struggling in their lives. I try to recognize the needs and help those around us - particularly women. I know that when I become truly charitable, I will think only of others, have infinite patience and tolerance for other. I currently serve in our womens organization which gives me lots of opportunity to plan and prepare classes and programs to teach other women how to become more Christ-like and to feel the spirit of God in their daily lives. I also have the opportunity to work with many wonderful women who are also striving to be Christlike. I see so many small acts of kindness and selflessness. I see women who are busy with their own life yet take time to go visit a homebound woman, women who are struggling to make ends meet, prepare a meal for a family with a new baby or with other challenges. I live my faith by daily making small decisions that seem fairly insignificant yet add up to important changes over a lifetime. Each day I have to choose if I'm going to pray, read my scriptures, be kind to my family, visit someone who need visiting, attend church, complete some of the tasks involved with leading our women's organization. Each day, and really each minute, I have to choose how I'm going to act: will I overreact to "spilt milk" and yell or get angry or will I show love and patience and forgiveness toward my children and spouse or even the person in the car behind me. Then sometimes, when I fail, I seek forgiveness and then try to get it right the next time.