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Hi I'm Januari

I'm a single mom with two beautiful children. I'm a teacher. My daughter says I'm hilarious and random. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Januari, like the month. Having a unique name has given me a chance to develop a good sense of humor. I am divorced. I have 2 beautiful kids with normal names. :) I love spending time with them. I am a 4th grade teacher. I went back to college 10 years after I graduated high school and finished with a BA in Elementary Education and an English Language Learner endorsement. I love teaching. I am so grateful I went back to school. I am amazed at how it increased my confidence. Being a single mom and a teaching career keep me out of trouble. If I had more time on my hands I would love to visit the Oregon Coast, read more, scrapbook, and learn new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that I have a Savior who loves me and I want to be like him. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and answers my prayers. I know that the Book of Mormon is inspired of God. It was written for our day. When I read it, I feel closer to my Heavenly Father. I also believe in the power of prayer. I haven't always known these things with the surety I do now. There was a time when I told myself there was no God. I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My parents weren't active in the church during my teenage years. I left the church when I was about 19, shortly after I married a non-member. I knew I had a savior, I maintained a relationship with Him. I attended a couple of different churches with my husband. Prayer and my Heavenly Father sustained me through lots of difficult times. When I was going through my divorce I completely lost faith. Looking back, I was mad at God. I felt my prayers for my marriage and my family hadn't been answered. In August of 2010, the LDS missionaries knocked on my door. They began teaching me. I regained a testimony of my Heavenly Father. I know He lives. I have a great testimony of repentance and the power of the atonement to wash away my sins and to heal my past hurts and disappointments.

How I live my faith

I try to be like Jesus Christ. I read the Bible, and the Book of Mormon to learn more about Him and my Heavenly Father's plan for my life. When I read the scriptures every day, I feel a power that comes from doing so. Things go smoother and I feel it is easier to make good decisions. I pray to my Heavenly Father A LOT. I need his guidance. I need his forgiveness. When I pray, I feel a closeness to Him. I try to do the things He would have me do. I attend church meetings. It is a great feeling to spend time with others who believe the same way I do. We teach each other, and learn and grow with one another. I am far from perfect and don't profess to be so. I believe that my Heavenly Father gave each of us strengths and weaknesses. At church I learn more about how to overcome my personal weaknesses and become more like Jesus Christ. When I go to church on Sundays I am able to take the Sacrament. I take the bread and the water to remember my Savior. I also promise again to follow Him, a promise I made when I was baptized at 8 years old. I play piano for the church choir. I also lead music in a Sunday School class. I am thankful for the opportunity to increase my musical talents. I sometimes feel inadequate in my ability. I am humbled to know that my Heavenly Father wants me to share my talents as well as strengthen them. I try to serve others. I know that many of my prayers have been answered by others. I want the Lord to use me to answer the prayers of others. I live my faith with a knowledge in my heart that there is a God who loves me, who is concerned about me, and who loves me in spite of myself.