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Hi I'm Janae

I'm a mom of five girls. I'm an artist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona in a large family. We didn't have much money, but we always seemed to make ends meet. We enjoyed working together and playing together. I put myself through college and graduated with a degree in fine arts. While in college, I met the love of my life (who would think that an artist and an engineer would sync up?) We married, and after he obtained his masters degree, and I my bachelors, we moved to Colorado. We have five beautiful daughters. Now we enjoy working and playing together. We love the out doors! Together we go waterskiing, snow skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and even scuba diving on occasion!

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon is really a great source of joy for me. I came to know that God is my Father and that He knows me and loves me personally. Once I realized this, prayer became natural and instinctive. I can receive personal revelation and guidance in all aspects of my life. I feel God walking with me and supporting me. Raising five daughters hasn't been an easy task. But God knows each of my girls and what they need. As I've turned to Him for answers, I have been able to nurture and love my girls and keep a close relationship with them, even through their teen-age years! The family is the most important unit in society. In a world where the family is under attack, the Mormon church has helped us to strengthen our home and our relationships with each other. Because families are central to God's plan, every organization in the church is meant to support and sustain us in our efforts. I know that our relationships will last beyond the grave and that serving and loving each other is what brings me joy. The purpose of life is to be happy! In the scriptures, God's plan is referred to as "the great plan of happiness". Our prophet has taught that happiness is most likely to be achieved in families when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Succesful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities. I have found this to be true. Imagine a home where love abounds and the spirit of God is there. Husbands and wives love each other and do all they can to bring happiness to the other. This is my wonderful life! Of course we have trials and problems, but we meet them together and grow closer because of them. The home is the best place to teach, learn, and apply principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Our family starts each day by gathering and reading from the scriptures for a few minutes before work and school. Then we kneel together in prayer and afterward we have a group hug. I feel it is so much easier to face the world when we have started it off asking God to walk with us that day. I love helping out in the schools my children have attended. All through my childrens' elementary years I have been able to do art projects for each class and teach the children about expression through art mediums. Recently I helped the whole sixth grade paint a mural at their school. Each child got to participate in leaving a legacy there before they moved on to middle school. They were beaming with the joy of their accomplishment. (Not every child gets to paint on walls!) In my church I have been asked to run the women's organization for our congregation. The purpose of our womens' group is to prepare women for the blessings of eternal life by helping them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need. Each woman receives a personal visit each month from other sisters in the congregation and we seek personal inspiration to know how to respond to the spiritual and temporal needs of each one we visit. It is nice to be remembered and feel cared for. I have the privlege of overseeing this watchcare and making sure each sister feels loved and supported, especially in times of need. At the end of each day we have a family meal around the table, often inviting the childrens' friends or neighbors to join us. We talk about the events of the day and things that are important to us. But mostly we laugh and have fun together.