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Hi I'm Janet

I'm a 5th generation Texan, living in Arizona. I'm a teacher, smocker, porcelain artist, wife, mom and grandma and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Texas. Matter of fact, I'm a 5th generation Texan. I met my husband Larry, at Brigham Young University and we married in the Salt Lake Temple. After our marriage, we established our home in Arizona for the past 33 years. We had five children and all five are married and leading successful lives. They have given us nine beautiful grandchildren thus far. I love being a wife, mom, and grandma. I love Arizona. I attended Brigham Young University and graduated with my degree in teaching science and special education. I studied to become a china painter or porcelain artist and am currently president of the local porcelain artist guild. I studied and self taught myself smocking on children's clothing. I crotchet and tat. I'm a quilter. I am a genealogist. Researching my family roots is a passion. I love connecting the generations. I like good movies, plays, music, hard work, and the outdoors. I love spending time with my husband, children and grandchildren. Our favorite places to go are Lake Powell and the Arizona mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to convert to Mormonism at only 9 years old, while living with my aunt. I was not able to attend church to its fullest until age 13. I love the teachings of Jesus Christ and how Christ has given to all the pathway back to our loving Heavenly Father. I learned that Christ has atoned for my sins, and through repentance I become a better person. I have been taught about faith, repentance, forgiveness, patience, kindness, virtue, and love. I find myself a more grounded person, able to make correct choices in this life. I know who I am, where I came from, and where I'm going. The Gospel does not hold me back but gives me wings to fly. This life is a test of trials and struggles interwoven with happiness and joy. I've been taught how to overcome adversity without being a victim. Life is a test. Instead of crying "why me" I say "what now." I'm not a victim but one that can continue on without bitterness. This does not mean I don't get discouraged, as I do, but I'm better able to make decisions to help handle things in a positive way. I found prayer works and have had answer upon answer to my prayers. The answers can be a warm burning feeling within, a direct voice in my head, a dream, or a person to assist me. If there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report, or praiseworthy, I seek after these things. I love having the priesthood in my life. God lives and loves us all. We are not alone. Through the programs of the church, I have been taught how to become a better wife, mother and grandmother. You are never alone in the Mormon faith. There are always people there to help you in whatever way you need help or assistance. God lives and loves us. He has not relinquished his right to be our Father.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in our faith in many areas including working in the nursery, the cub scouting, scouting programs, and recently with the 12-13 year old young women in our ward. I have served at girls camp. Girls camp helps young girls become acquainted with nature and learn skills that will help them become self-reliant and able to live comfortably in the outdoors. Currently I'm a compassionatet service person in our ward which is to assist by providing meals, providing child care or home care, helping individual sisters improve literacy skills, providing transportation for needed medical assistance, and responding to other needs. I am also a visiting teacher. This is where I'm given the opportunity to watch over, strengthen, and teach one another and assist in the needs of women. This program helps me visit with women at least once a month that I might not otherwise be acquainted with. I love this program. I also belong to the largest women's associations in the world, the Relief Society. I also serve my community. I am currently the president of the Porcelain Artists of Arizona and have served there for four years. This is a club for china painters to share their talents. Living my faith is living the gospel every day, not just by attending church once a week. I love being a Mormon. The gospel is true and God lives. Jesus is my Savior.