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Hi I'm Janet

I'm a mother of 6. I am a social work student at the age of 48. I have 2 autistic sons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent 18 years as a stay-at-home mom raising my kids. I decided to go back to school to get a degree in Social Work because I love to listen to people and help them. I tell people that I already listen to a lot of people's problems so I might as well get paid for it. I have discovered the joy of studying as an adult and I love to learn. I didn't realize it at the time, but that's what I basically did all the time I stayed home with my kids. I always had projects going on, from reading the classics one year to learning how to sew when I was 30. I love to cook and consider myself a closet gourmet. As I child I was never the artistic one in school, but as I have grown older and gotten more patient with myself I have found that I am an artist, and I have created many beautiful things from scrapbook art, to costumes, to Photography. I tell people that I must smell like cookies because I am always attracting little children to me. I love them. Raising two boys with autism (they have what's known as "Asperger's Syndrome) has been challenging but also filled with joy. My older son with autism has done very well for himself, and was even named as Homecoming King his senior year. My younger one has found his niche in the band. I consider myself as a quirky intellectual and I love my life with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into the church, I really do think that if that weren't the case I still would have found the church. My early life was rocky; my father died when I was just 5 years old, leaving my mother to struggle to support her four children.. I didn't feel like I fit in with my peers growing up because most of them had mothers that were able to stay home with them and make sure they looked nice when the walked out the door. My mother left way before we did. I think one of the few places that I felt like I belonged was in church. I always related to the stories in the Book of Mormon and developed a love for that book as a young girl. I had an intensely spiritual experience when I was 11 that confirmed the truth of the gospel to me, and I could never ever deny that it happened. I have been through a lot; I was sexually abused as a young teenager, I was taunted and sort of a cast off because of my thick glasses and poor wardrobe, and I wasn't very happy. But I was happy at church. There were people who loved me for who I was there. There was intellectual stimulation for me. And most of all there was the Spirit of the Lord. I think I wrapped myself in that Spirit like a blanket and it has sustained and supported me throughout my life. I can never see myself denying what I know to be true, that God lives, he loves us, he sent his beloved Son who "with his stripes we are healed." The teachings and examples of living prophets sustain and guide me. It is my bright hope in this dark and dreary world sometimes. And the power of the temple is one of the biggest blessings anyone could hope for.

How I live my faith

Right now I have the best church job ever! I teach little children to come to God through music. This is the fifth time I have had this calling and I think it might even be my favorite time of having it. I love music and I love to sing. I love to be with the precious little children. It is my goal each Sunday to give as much love to those little ones as I can, but most of the time because they give it back so abundantly I'm not sure who is helping whom. I also take a religion class at college to help me keep centered. I love to enjoy the society of the people at church and some of my best friends are found there. I also love that there are dedicated volunteers there who help teach and support my children.