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Hi I'm Janice

I'm from Washington D.C. I'm a natural childbirth instructor. I love creative writing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm so excited because I'm becoming a Bradley Method instructor! It's a form of natural childbirth that emphasizes relaxation techniques and the husband/significant other as the mother's "coach" through pregnancy, labor, and delivery. I just gave birth to my first daughter using this method and loved it. Becoming a mother has been such a fulfilling and challenging experience! I've been having my highest highs and lowest lows ever since she came into my life, but honestly, I can't wait to have my next! My husband is from Albania. We met at Brigham Young University. I got my Bachelors Degree in English Teaching and he got his Masters degree in Civil Engineering. I taught English to 9th and 10th graders in Utah for two years before we moved back East. I worked on my writing for a year, but haven't finished yet since my daughter was born. I will though!

Why I am a Mormon

I've struggled with my faith even though I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My mom converted to Mormonism when she was in her early 20's and my dad's family have been members of the church since its beginning. Because I was born into the church I was taught to believe its teachings since I can remember. But I struggled intermittently with whether I wanted to be Mormon, especially when I was a teenager and through my early 20's. Compared to a lot of other faiths, Mormonism asks a lot of its followers. But, with time and experience, I've felt the difference between having the Holy Ghost in my life and not having the Holy Ghost. I've seen that when I follow the teachings of Christ and His commandments that I feel happier, I'm more at peace, and I'm able to face life's challenges and overcome them in ways that I couldn't do if I didn't have His Spirit with me. I didn't appreciate how blessed I was until I knew what it was like to not have the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life. Now, I'm so grateful that I can pray anytime and communicate with Heavenly Father, that I can read my scriptures and get inspiration, and I can be sure that if I am making good choices then the Holy Ghost will be my constant companion. It makes me feel so much more strong, confident, and peaceful when I know I'm including Heavenly Father, His Son, and the Holy Ghost in my life.

How I live my faith

Right now I help out in my congregation as the assistant Librarian. I basically just make copies or give people supplies if they need something to help them teach their Sunday School lessons. In the past I've worked in the nursery, watching and teaching the children 18 months - 2years as their parents attended their Sunday School classes. I've also taught the 3 year old Sunday School class. That was a lot of fun! I also go with a friend each month to visit the same three women in our congregation. Every woman is supposed to be doing something like this. It helps us get to know other women in the congregation and it also helps the leaders know if anyone is in need. I enjoy visiting these women because they're not women I would have approached on my own, but as I'm getting to know them they're becoming so inspirational. I even found out one of them birthed all six of her children using the Bradley Method!

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Janice
Everyone knows that the way a person dresses says a lot about who they are. We've all heard the phrase "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have". I think that could also be said of relationships. "Dress for the relationship you want, not the relationship you have". Ladies, if you want men to see you for who you are on the inside, you can't distract them by what's on the outside ;) But in all seriousness, I've chosen to dress modestly because I do want to be judged by my character and intelligence, not by my physical attributes. I wanted to find a man who loved me for me (and I have!). By dressing modestly I've come to realize that true beauty grows when you see the other person as beautiful from the inside out because their spirit, the part of them that makes them who they really are, never grows old or fades or can be physically altered in any way. It's the only kind of beauty that lasts. When you look at people and see that kind of beauty, and when people see it in you, it's impossible to view them as sexual objects. You can't objectify someone, be they male or female, when you sense the wonder of their spirit. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Janice
One answer to that may simply be that priesthood holders represent Christ. They act for Him as if He were on the Earth. Because Christ was a man, those who represent Him are men too. I know that a lot of people, especially women, wonder how Mormon women can be ok with being told they can not hold the priesthood. I understand that feeling. But when I gave birth to my first child the experience taught me a lot about the different roles of men and women in Heavenly Father's plan. My husband and I took a childbirth class together to prepare us for a natural childbirth and we were successful in having a natural birth for our baby, but I needed him during labor and delivery and depended on him heavily. Likewise, our baby could never have been born if it wasn't for me and my body. But neither of us could've successfully accomplished this task without the other. I think this is what Heavenly Father intended. He wants men and women to work together to accomplish the same goals and tasks, but He asks us to fulfill different roles and take on different responsibilities. By sharing the responsibilities of Heavenly Father's work on Earth both men and women help Him save souls. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Janice
My faith in Jesus Christ motivates me to be a better person. It helps me be patient, kind, and charitable. When I try to exercise these virtues in my marriage it helps bring my husband and I closer together. I work really hard at overcoming negative feelings because I love my husband and want a successful marriage, but also because I want to please Jesus Christ and I know that if I try He'll bless me with the ability to be more kind, patient, and charitable. I know He wants me to have a wonderful family and be happy, so I have no doubt that He'll help me become a better person as long as I take initiative and do my best. Show more Show less