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Hi I'm Janet Bennett

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 48 years old and love my life! While everything isn't perfect - far from it - it is quite wonderful! I've been married to my true love for over 20 years and have the privlege of being a mother to a beautiful daughter. She is 16 so while I'm sure she thinks I'm not so smart, she does listen and even occassionally admits that I'm right! My life is probably just as crazy as yours and though my faith doesn't remove my struggles, it does strengthen me to endure all that comes my way. Knowing that the heavens are not sealed and that the Lord speaks to His children gives me great peace and comfort, especially in times like these. My Savior knows me personally and is always aware of me. I am never alone.

Why I am a Mormon

I don't remember ever NOT believing in Jesus Christ. When I was a young child my mother took me to church and I participated in Vacation Bible School each summer. The denomination of that church focused greatly on judgement, fire and brimstone, hells eternal flames. To be honest, God scared me. I was told that if I was "good" I would go to Heaven but if I was "bad" I would go to hell. If I had a moment where I felt God in my heart then I was "saved" and .....well, I guess I was done. Being "saved" was all I needed. I felt Him in my heart, in my mind, in my soul all the time. What I didn't feel was done. I knew that God was mighty, omnipotent, loving, forgiving, charitable, and most of all, I knew that God had created me, knew me by name and that I mattered to him. I also knew in my heart that He had so much that He wanted to give me. Throughout my teenage and young adult years I struggled to find answers to questions that my spirit needed answers to. I loved reading the bible and struggled to understand the deeper doctrines that seemed to be hidden just below my understanding. I began to pray to find my answers. I prayed that God would show me the path, would send me someone who would show me truth. His truth. Not man's truth. I knew that God was not a God of confusion. He meant for me to understand Him and to understand my purpose here. He meant for me to find my way back to Him. He meant for me to become all that He had created me for. I prayed with all my heart for guidance. When the missionaries knocked on my door I knew my answers had come. My soul knew. I just listened. I heard God tell me that it was His desire for me to know His plan for me. The lessons that the missionaries taught me opened up the windows of Heaven and I struggle to hold all of the blessings the Gospel has brought to me. The Book of Mormon is truely the word of God. It testifies beautifully of the divinity of our Savior Jesus Christ. Don't take my word for it-find out for yourself!

How I live my faith

For this to be God's true church, one would need to see His hand in all that we do. I don't have any formal training in teaching. My leadership skills are poor at best. I hardly think I am one to speak in front of groups. Knowing all of my weaknesses and imperfections, God uses me in many ways in His church. I have had amazing experiences in trusting the Lord's promises that He will prepare me to be or do anything He wishes if I am just willing. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a lay ministry. By that I mean we do not pay Bishops, music leaders, sunday school leaders, youth leaders. The church is run by people just like me! I have been given the opportunity to work in many areas and with each experience I have seen the Lord prepare me; even speak through me at times. It is an amazing to see the Lord prepare those that He calls. I want to grow in my relationship with Christ. I don't want to simply know what I know and be satisfied with just the knowing of it. I want to experience the Gifts of the Spirit. All of them! I want to grow and learn and grow and learn and grow some more! I am able to do this by living faithfully and reaching for the hand of my Father each day as He guides me through my life. I try very hard to be obedient to His commandments but when I fall short (way to often) I now understand how the gift of repentance works and the magnitude of Christ's sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsamane. I am so thankful that He offers us living prophets to guide us just as He did in the days of the Old Testament. He still continues to talk to His children, just as He promised He would. God has not changed. Mankind has. Religion has. Churches have. The Gospel has not and it is fully restored on the earth once more and I am so very grateful for my faith, my testimony and for my Savior.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Janet Bennett
Oh my goodness, no! I worship no man. I do, whole heartedly, worship my Savior, Jesus Christ and God the Father. I do have a great reverance for Jospeph Smith, as I do for Moses, Paul, Abraham and other great men that the scriptures teach me of. God has always and will always have the power to choose His prophets. I believe that He chose Joseph Smith to be a strong figure in the restoration of the Gospel. Joseph was as imperfect as you and I, as is every man, and with God's guidance and his own willingness to be obedient, he was able to bring forth the Book of Mormon. God promised to always speak to His prophets (Amos 3:7). ALWAYS. I'm thankful that we are not left to our own minds to interpret the Bible. Actually, we were! That is why we have so many religions! God is not a God of confusion. He is a God of order and truth. I know that when I follow the counsel of the Prophet I am being led down the straight and narrow path and I am offered protection from the adversary. I'm thankful that God keeps His promises! Show more Show less