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Hi I'm Janis

I enjoy swimming, cycling and getting lost in a good book. I love to learn and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Brisbane, the youngest of a family of five children. My brothers tell me I was spoilt, but I believe I just had better timing of when to come into the family. We had a great life growing up, even though we never had much money our parents taught us to enjoy the simple things in life and how to make your own fun. I have great memories of spending Christmas holidays at the beach or camping in the bush. After high school, I worked in aged care and eventually trained as an Enrolled Nurse. I went on a mission for the church to New Zealand when I was 21. It literally changed my life as I grew in confidence and started to get a glimpse of my potential. After my mission I was blessed to have the opportunity to study at Brigham Young University Hawaii for four and half years. I graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Social Work and have been working in this profession ever since in the field of mental health. I will complete my Master's degree in November and I am looking forward to having a year off from studying. I love to travel and I spent 3 months in the US last year, 10 weeks of which was spent in New York participating in a leadership program. It was a fantastic experience. I am a sessional lecturer at one of the local universities. I love to teach and hope to eventually move into this area full-time. I like to go on bike rides on the weekend. I enjoy cooking for my family and friends. I love being an Aunty and a Great Aunty.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon has given me meaning and purpose to my life. I know I belong to something bigger than what's happening here and now in this life. Through the church and the opportunity it gives to serve others, I have been able to challenge the person who I thought I was and be stretched to the person I know God wants me to be. By living my life according the principles and beliefs of the Gospel, I know I am following God's plan for me. As I pray, study the scriptures and worship, I feel the peace and happiness that comes from what I know to be right. Some may consider we live our lives by following a set of restrictive rules, I find there is a sense of freedom as I conform my life and follow the commandments Heavenly Father has provided. By living the commandments I have financial stability; I enjoy health without the threat of addiction; I seek knowledge and education and strive to be a better friend, neighbour, daughter and sister. And when times are tough, I know where I can turn for answers or simply comfort. I am far from perfect and know there is still a lot I have to learn, but I am eternally grateful my knowledge and understanding of the role of Jesus Christ in my life and everyone's life. Through Him, I can be forgiven and forgive. What a blessing to know I can have a second chance.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through doing things daily to keep me going like praying, reading my scriptures and looking for ways I can help others. Since the church doesn't have a paid ministry, I also participate by holding a "calling" or responsibility within the church. Currently my responsibility is to be one of the leaders in the women's organisation of the Church called the Relief Society. We work with women leaders in each of the congregations in a geographical area to assist them meet the needs of the women they serve. This is done through organising a monthly visiting roster, helping out when someone is sick or needs assistance, teaching lessons on Sunday's to assist women in their various roles in life and working with other community organisations to improve our communities. I love working with the women of the church. They are women of faith, strength and dignity. Every time I hold a calling, I receive more than I give. This is one of the miracles of church participation.