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Hi I'm Janene

I'm married, a fun mom of four, a scrapbooker, a small business owner, a youth leader, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my husband for 20 years and we have four beautiful children together. I love, love, love to bake - if it's sweet and smells good, count me in! LOL! I also work from home teaching people how to scrapbook and preserve their photos, stories, and life experiences (because it's important and EVERYONE matters in this world!), stamp, and create beautiful artwork. I believe that everyone is creative and just needs a good teacher to help find it in themselves. I love to spend time with my friends, and lunch dates are my favorites! I love to laugh and be around fun and uplifting people.

Why I am a Mormon

The thing I'm most grateful for is that I don't have any big questions that I feel are left unanswered. This gospel is like a big puzzle where every piece is in its rightful place. I know who I am - I'm a daughter of God, my Heavenly Father. My older brother is Jesus Christ, who loves me enough to pay for my sins so that I can return to live with my Father in Heaven. I know why I'm on earth - to learn all I can and show God that I can be valiant and faithful, and worthy to return to His presence. I'm grateful for the knowledge I have of eternal families - that marriage and family can last longer than 'till death do us part'. I have had many family members and friends pass away, and while I miss them so much, there is also a great peace that comes from knowing I'll see them again. I love the opportunity to give service to others. There is so much good in this gospel, and I cannot count the many ways I've been blessed and enriched by it. So I guess the bottom line is the peace and strength I feel in living my life with the help of my Savior, and his true teachings to make sense of everything around me...this world is often an ugly place, but we can rise above when we are grounded in God's good word. :)

How I live my faith

I have been given many opportunities to serve in my church, but I've been mainly called to serve the children and youth, and that is most definitely where my heart is. I love the learning process, and I love having heart-to-heart conversations with kids growing up, struggling with questions, identity, self esteem, and challenges that come with growing up. I believe that all kids and teens want and need to be valued, listened to, encouraged, and made to feel important - because they ALL are. I have been asked to serve teenagers and work with youth for the past 18+ years. I currently teach early-morning seminary in my church ward. We meet before school every weekday from 5:50am - 6:40am. Yes, it IS early! Ha ha! However, there is no better way to begin the school day and the pressures of high school and being a teenager, than to put God first and receive His help and strength for the day. Sacrifice brings blessings. I believe that when we truly become converted to something, we act on it. I serve in my church because I'm grateful for the gifts, blessings, and talents God has given me, and in return, I'll gladly share those things with others if they can benefit or help someone else.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

This is one of the best parts of this gospel...we are not 'exclusive' and our faith is based so much on service to our fellow men. We believe that we are all sons and daughters of God, and that Jesus Christ is our elder brother. If that's the case, why wouldn't we gladly serve another in need? Our church donates money and assistance all over the world, not just to it's members and not just in the United States. It's the right thing to do, so we do it. There is a song in our hymnbook that says, "Because I have been given much, I too must give..." and we believe and strive to live by this. Show more Show less