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Hi I'm Janette

I don't eat chocolate. I earned my Master's degree. I'm a marathon finisher. I'm a goal-oriented mother of 5 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 15, I set a new year's resolution to not eat chocolate or any sugar at all. I did it for a whole year. That's when I realized that I could accomplish whatever I set out to do in life. Several years, and even decades later, I still don't eat chocolate! I graduated with my Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology and spent several years working with stroke and brain injured adults. I married the love of my life and together we have 5 children from ages 2 to 16. Over the years I continue to set goals and work until they are finished. A goal, which had never been on the list previously, was to run a marathon--a full marathon, 26.2 miles. I was encouraged by friends that this was even possible. I was not a runner. In fact I had never run before. But, the goal was set. It took time and lots of training. My husband did it with me. Crossing the finish line was an amazing experience. My most recent goal is to teach myself photography and graphic design for the production of the local elementary school's yearbook. I try to use this goal-oriented, hard working mindset for all facets of my life and, life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the opportunity to observe for myself the Savior's counsel from the Sermon on the Mount "by their fruits ye shall know them." I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I grew up watching my parents serve countless hours in our ward congregation. I watched as my parents led our family in prayer and read scriptures. I attended church meetings and seminary. Then, about the time when I was realizing my goal-setting character strength, I also realized that I needed to know for myself. I needed to know if the church was true. So, I took on the Book of Mormon challenge. I read the Book of Mormon all by myself, and prayed to know if it was true. I had the sweetest, confirming feeling come over me that assured me that it was true, that all I had been taught was true, and that all I had observed in my family was right and good. Over the years, I have had that same sweet peaceful feeling reconfirm to me repeatedly that this is Christ's Church on the earth. I know that it was restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. This is not Joseph's Smith's church, although he was instrumental in restoring the fullness of the Gospel. This is Jesus Christ's church. It is organized just as it was in Jesus Christ's day. We have Priesthood Authority on the earth with a true and living Prophet and Apostles. I know the Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer.

How I live my faith

With my background and focus in goal-setting, I feel lucky to be able to work with the teenage girls in our ward congregation right now. I get to teach their spiritual lessons on Sunday, which takes serious preparation. You can't fool teenagers! I help them plan and carry out weekly activities. I also get to help them with a unique program designed just for them that is all about setting personal goals and achieving them! I know what an important program this can be for them. The best part about working with the teenage girls, however, is that my daughter is one of them! I want so much to share what I've learned with her and help her discover for herself her talents, strengths, and testimony. I want her to know that she is a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father and that it is by following the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this life that we can be truly happy in this life! That is what the Gospel has given me--my priorities in focus and happiness in life.

What is faith?

For me, faith is dynamic. It is more than just believing in what you can't see. Faith is a belief that motivates you to action. I have faith in Jesus Christ and in his Atonement, therefore, I follow his example, keep his commandments, and repent of my sins. When I act on my faith, my faith is strengthened. It is a cycle of spiritual growth that I can apply to every principle of the gospel. Show more Show less