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Hi I'm Janet

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an actress, a singer, and a costume designer. I've had many different jobs through the years, most of which I've enjoyed a lot, but I have always followed my creative pursuits as well. I have two wonderful children and two beautiful granddaughters, all of whom have enjoyed and participated in the performing arts. My grandmother was a singer and actress, too, so I guess it must be genetic! I lived in Los Angeles for many years and loved it, but I have recently returned to the Deep South, where I was born and reared. People here share a warmth and openness that I have not experienced anywhere else, and the legendary southern hospitality and generosity are genuine. Oh, and the food is great, too!

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints four years ago. I consider my baptism and the births of my children to be the most blessed events of my life. For many years I knew very little about Mormons. I knew that the Osmond family was Mormon and I once heard Donny and Marie discuss that their church members did not drink, smoke or use profanity, and practiced chastity and clean living. Their sincerity made quite an impression on me. I knew that the church had a beautiful temple (and glorious choir) in Salt Lake City, but I did not know that they also attend church every Sunday and receive the Sacrament in remembrance of our Savior, as other Christians do. I learned a lot about the beliefs of the church through many hours of conversation with a friend whom I met in 2000, and I found that most of their beliefs were also mine. Still, I had not yet been impressed to join the church. In 2007 I had a very challenging situation in my life, and a Mormon bishop and a group of missionaries helped me a great deal, giving of their time and energy to help me although I was a total stranger to them. Their example of service and kindness touched my heart so deeply that I wanted to learn more about the church, and I began to meet with the missionaries. On our first meeting, I held the Book of Mormon in my hands and literally FELT that it contained something wonderful. I read it from cover to cover and felt profoundly that this second testament of Jesus Christ contains nothing but truth. Three months later, I was baptized. I believe that this is the true church of God, that Joseph Smith was a prophet whom Heavenly Father inspired to found this church, and that it is led today by a living prophet. It is a great blessing in my life.

How I live my faith

The people I have met in this church are among the kindest, most caring and generous people I have ever known. They not only accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, but make a great effort to follow his perfect example. They genuinely care about their fellow man and seek Heavenly Father's guidance on a constant basis. I try my best to do likewise. The women in this church call each other "sister" and they mean it. We visit each other and try to be aware when someone needs help, and we pitch in to provide it. It may be in the form of a meal prepared when someone is ill, helping someone pack to move, running an errand or giving a ride, or simply offering a sympathetic ear and a prayer. I teach a Sunday school class of 11-year-olds about the New Testament. Last year I taught 13- to 17-year-olds about the Old Testament, and I directed our ward's youth in the Easter pageant. When my bishop first asked me whether I would be willing to teach the youth class, I thought I wasn't up to the task, but I prayed a lot and jumped right in. I found it to be one of the most rewarding undertakings of my life, and I fell madly in love with every one of them and wanted to adopt them all! The greatest privilege I enjoy in my life is visiting the temple. The church has many temples and each is distinctive, but having visited several, I can say that each feels genuinely alive with the spirit of God. There is no place where I have ever felt closer to my Heavenly Father than within His holy temples.