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Hi I'm Janice

I grew up in Zion, Illinois. The missionaries taught me when I was 24 years old. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of eight and a grandma of 21. I have lived my dream which was to be a wife and stay-at-home mother. I have been married for nearly 37 years and we were sealed in the Oakland Temple. I have been a business owner and went to college when my youngest child was in high school. After she graduated we actually took some classes together at the local community college which was fun and created memories we will cherish forever. It wasn't until I was in my 50's that I really discovered my interests outside of my family. I took some oil painting and photography classes and learned that time flew by when I was involved in either of these hobbies. One of my dreams throughout my life was to learn to play a harp. Just two years ago I was given a harp from a couple in my ward and now I am finally going to be able to cultivate that talent. Hopefully the talent is there and won't be too difficult to learn. I currently work as a assistant costumer for Santa Claus. It's fun to work with so many Santas. I have a huge collection of Santas so sewing his suits is kind of fun.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 24 one of my cousins joined the Mormon church and told me about it. I thought she was nuts but went to church with her one Sunday anyway. When I walked through the front door I felt something unusual. The feeling continued to increase as the meeting went on. My body was tingling and tears kept coming to my eyes. I knew there was something really different about this church and these people. Still, I knew some of what they taught from my cousin and didn't think I wanted to make the changes in my life that I thought this church would require. I had been looking for a church to go to and there were many of them real close to where I was living at the time and I knew I would not need to change anything. Jeannie (my cousin) talked me into listening to them. Each time the missionaries came into my home they brought with them that same feeling I had felt in church. I later learned that what I felt was the Holy Ghost bearing witness to me that they were true missionaries of our Lord Jesus Christ. They challenged me to read the Book of Mormon and to pray about it with true intent to know the truth. I wanted to know the truth. I really did. It seemed the world I was living in at that time was full of lies and deceit. I like the idea of some honesty in my life. I did pray and nothing happen. So I thought more on what they had taught me and realized that I had a lot to repent of and thought maybe that was holding me back. So I repented of everything I could think of that I had done wrong. I sincerely repented. Then I prayed again to know if the Book of Mormon was true and the Holy Ghost came over me so strong that I knew with every fiber of my body that this book was true and that everything the missionaries said was true. The feeling was so strong that to deny it would have been impossible for me. I knew then that Joseph Smith truly was a Prophet of God and that the church as it was set up when Jesus lived on the earth was once again restored to the earth.

How I live my faith

I joined the church in 1974 and have spent my life serving in many different callings. Mainly I have worked with the youth. I have held callings teaching children from 18 months to 18 years old. I love working with the children because the Holy Ghost is so strong there. They are so innocent and pure and their music just invites the spirit to come. It seems I have gone back and forth between serving the children in what is called Primary (18 mos. to 12 yrs old) and the young women (ages 12 to 18). I can't say I prefer one over the other. I love them all! All "callings" in our church are volunteer without financial gain but the spiritual gain is tremendous. Currently I am a Ward Missionary so I get to work with people who are new in the church or investigating the church. I remember when I was new in the church so I can relate to what they are going through. It is an exciting yet difficult time in ones life because there are so many changes and things to learn in this gospel. I did have to make some changes when I joined the church because I wanted to follow the Savior. I could have continued to live my life as I was before I joined but then I would not have been able to progress and learn as much as I have. It is hard to fake following the Savior. Either you do or you don't. I have tried very hard to follow Him and am so grateful for the gift of repentance. I am grateful for Jesus Christ and the gifts which only he could give us. I love this church! No matter where we have lived or moved I have family and friends. The gospel is the same everywhere! No other church can say that. The Saints are the same wherever we have lived. The teachings are the same.