What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Janae

I'm a wife and mother of 5. I love the outdoors and chocolate! I'm a Christian and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Washington State and graduated from college in elementary education. I am grateful to be a stay-at-home mom of 4 daughters and 1 son. My husband and I enjoy hiking and camping and are blessed to live in a beautiful part of the world--between the mountains and the sea! I enjoy volunterring in my kids' many activities, scrapbooking, and reading. I like to visit new places and would love to go on an "Ultimate Road Trip" across the US and back, seeing landmarks and fun sites along the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Christian home and was taught about God and His love for me. As a teenager I had several friends who were Mormons and through them I began to learn more about their beliefs. Many of the things I learned made so much sense to me and I believed they were more accurate than the teachings of my church. But I was skeptical of other aspects of the doctrine. My mom was very concerned about my interest and felt my salvation was in jeopardy, but she agreed to support whatever I decided. Over time as I studied and prayed, I began to feel that I should become a Mormon. But it was a hard decision, I was young, and I couldn't rely on my mom to help me as I usually did. There were many things I wasn't sure of and didn't understand, but I eventually decided to join the Mormon church and felt that it was the right thing to do. On the day of my baptism, I began to worry and doubt my decision. After a special prayer I felt that I should go forward and be baptized. At first I didn't feel anything different, but when I was confirmed a member of the church and given the gift of the Holy Ghost I felt a warm feeling inside and knew I'd made the right choice. I realize now that I had to exercise my faith and take that first step before I received a sure witness. I knew in my head that the teachings of the church were true, but there were still some things that I didn't feel I had a testimony of. Over the years as I continued to learn and attend church, and as I focused more on Jesus Christ and recognized all that He has done for me, I began to feel a stronger testimony. Now I can say that I know that the Mormon church is true. I am so grateful for the teachings that help me try to pattern my life after Jesus Christ and the things he taught. I appreciate the standards that help me to raise my children. I know we have a living prophet. I am especially grateful for the knowledge I have that my family can be joined eternally because of Christ's love for us.

How I live my faith

The choices I make each day, big and small, are influenced by my faith. I hope that the things I say and do reflect that I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. My goal is to treat everyone I meet with the love and respect He would want me to show all God's children. Even though I often fall short, I know that Christ has the power to help me be better and to work through me to bless others. There are so many opportunities in our lives to reach out and uplift others. I enjoy being involved in our community and interacting with people of many faiths as we work together in various activities. Within this church we all have opportunities to serve. Experiences such as teaching children's Sunday School, working with teenagers in youth group, and helping plan events for the women have helped me to grow and learn about the Savior's love for all of us. Each month I get to visit with several ladies in our congregation to build friendships, strengthen our gospel knowledge, and support each other. Perhaps the most important (and sometimes most challenging) way that I strive to live my faith is to act as a disciple of Christ in my home with my own family. As a family we pray, read scriptures, work and play together. I hope that through the way I treat my family they will not only feel my love, but also learn to feel the love of their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.