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Hi I'm Jana

I grew up on a farm in Washington. I am a wife, a mother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of 12 children and feel pretty lucky to have grown up on a farm surrounded by relatives and nature. I met a wonderful boy at college and fell in love and got married. Now 11 years later I am blessed with 5 beautiful children of my own. After my husband spent many years getting more schooling and getting a real job we learned the uncertainties of working in the real world and we decided that joining the armed services was the best option for us. It has been 3 years and I still consider myself a small town farm girl but I am learning the great blessing it has been to experience the traveling and trials of being married to a service man. I have met amazing people that have made such a difference in my life. I enjoy the simple everyday moments with my kids and am grateful everyday that my husband is willing to support me so I can stay home and raise our children. I sure miss him when he is deployed and don’t envy single parents but I get strength to continue from my religion and reassurance that comes from living it. I love people, animals (especially miniature horses), nature, scrapbooking, sewing (sometimes), cooking and especially eating home cooked meals, being active, volleyball is my joy, and I would play every day if I could. I love meeting and getting to know people. I love the gospel. I enjoy camping, landscaping, reading to my children, singing with my children, laughing with my children, weeding with my children and just plain living!

Why I am a Mormon

When I am living the teachings of the Gospel I am happier. My family has been Mormon going way back. My parents grew up in the church and I was raised in the church. I loved my childhood and I don’t think that was just by chance. I feel like a huge part of my growing up and making decisions that help my life be what it is today, came from living the things taught in this church and following the teachings of Jesus. I can easily look back now and see the difference these choices made in my life. But not just looking back do I benefit from the Gospel but in looking to the future I am filled with such hope and joy in the simple truths learned there, I can find strength in having this guide my life. The gospel gives me hope and love. I want this in my life and for my children to experience the joys of the Gospel. The words of the living prophet reassure me and safe guard me and my family from getting caught up in the whims and confusion of the world. The scripture speak to my heart and I find application as I try and teach my children right from wrong. This gospel is the glue and bricks that hold this family together and we build upon it’s teachings. I have come to know about and feel closer to my Heavenly Father and realize my purpose on this earth. I am still learning and growing each week as I attend church and each day I read my scripture. But one thing I have learned since growing up moving out on my own and finding my own beliefs is how much I need my Savior Jesus Christ. I feel my religion is inseparable to who I am and why I do what I do. I think the best things about me are the things that have come from being a member of this church.

How I live my faith

I think this is always kind of evolving for me. I am still learning and seeing different perspectives on life and so how I apply things seems to be changing and being tweaked all the time. But the things that pretty much stay the same are the things that matter most to me. I pray, when I am happy, sad or need help I pray. I turn to the scriptures for guidance and direction. I listen and ponder on issues and seek the direction and help from God. My help usually comes through the Holy Ghost which comes to me as peaceful feelings or inspired ideas. I try to act on those promptings and apply the new understandings in my life. Whether it is in how to help my child sleep better at night or how I can better talk with my husband, or what direction our family should move I seek the Lord and want to do my best. I try and improve my relationships with those around me and feel the best when I try to be like my Savior Jesus Christ. Taking the little moment to kiss a bruised knee or holding my tongue when a day’s work of laundry is spoiled and instead trying to find the joy and sweetness of the innocent child playing in it. I strive to see people how Christ sees them and find it makes me a much happier and friendlier person, and I like that. I see my family as eternal relationships that can be continued even after we die and that affects how I treat them and how much I cherish each member. I feel my trials are blessings that help change me into something better when I stay close to the teachings of the gospel. I try and find the eternal perspective in the sorrows of life. I have a long way to go and have a lot of learning and growing to do but I know that God knows me and He still loves me and that helps me keeping going.