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Hi I'm Janae.

I'm a mother of 6. I'm a volleyball player and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a busy mom of 5 wonderful kids with 1 on the way. Many people ask me how I do it all with so many little ones running around, but to be honest they are why I do it all. I love my family. We love to roast fires in the backyard, go on hikes, search for crawdads in nearby streams, watch movies on the garage outside, and basically do anything as a family. A few years ago, my husband and I built a successful company together. Many evenings were spent away from home. While we spent a lot of time together, my role as a mother suffered. I found myself quickly kissing the kids goodbye and running out the door to meetings. As time rolled on, I found myself yearning for something more. I decided to cut back on building our business and instead came home to be a full-time Mom. I've never regretted that decision. To spend those evening hours helping me kids with homework, building their confidence, hearing about their day, reading with them and laughing with them has made a world of difference to me. I love life. I love to be active. I love all sorts of sports, but raquetball and volleyball rank up there as my favorites. I'm learning to play the guitar and love it! I also love Broadway, rollerblading, and traveling. Oh yes, and I LOVE chocolate!

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon. It has shaped who I am and how I see my purpose in life. I was young when I first knew the gospel as taught in the church was true. I felt it within, but that didn't mean it would be easy going. I remember many times in school being questioned for my beliefs...why didn't I drink? Why didn't I date like everyone else? Why wouldn't I swear? But, one day, I got a very different response from a very popular girl in school. With regretful tears in her eyes, she said, "I wish I could go back and do it your way. It seems so much happier". I knew then that the path I was following was not only a strong belief, but a way of life that did and would bring happiness. I wasn't wrong. The church and the gospel teach me how to be a mother, a wife, a neighbor and a friend. Through the gospel, I know who I am and that with God's help, I can overcome anything and accomplish anything I put my mind to. I feel fulfilled. I know my purpose. I love my life. Sure, there are hard times. But, each struggle comes with learning and a greater relationship to God. I can't imagine making the journey without all that I've learned and know.

How I live my faith

As I raise my kids, I realize that every moment of every day I am living my religion. I am teaching my kids who they are, they're infinite worth, and they're purpose in life. I am teaching them to live like their Savior and reminding them of His plan of happiness for them. In return, they teach me how to be my best, and often times through many parenting struggles, they teach me patience, love, and understanding. Through the years, I've worked with the children's programs at church and helped with the youth program. I teach adult religion classes and love it. I love to teach. I love to share what I've learned. But, my favorite place to live my faith is among friends and neighbors and those who need us most. Our closest friend for many months was a wonderful neighbor who was fighting brain and lung cancer. When we saw her struggling to rake her lawn after school, the kids and I stopped abruptly, threw down our backpacks and got to work. We kept up that tradition for nearly 2 years, when she passed away. The love and mark that she left on our lives will never be forgotten. You can't help but receive so much when you give your life in service.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Janae.
My husband and I have found ourselves, at time, in need of help financially. He had lost his income and we were struggling to make ends meet. But, fortunately, through the church, we had learned about self-reliance and being prepared for times such as these. We had gathered a large supply of food storage in the months and years leading up to our loss of income. As a result, we were able to live off of that food when we needed it most. There was a sense of relief as well as personal pride or satisfaction in knowing that we could take care of ourselves in that time of need. On the other hand, it was a difficult time. I found myself very focused on our own problems and how we were going to get by, barely having time or money to serve or lift others. I learned then that the more self-reliant we can be, the more prepared we will be to help others in their time of need. That's become one of my goals since...to always be prepared to not only help my family in times of need, but to be prepared enough to help others. You never know when personal or national tragedy may strike, but preparedness goes a long way. Show more Show less