What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Janice

I grew up in Utah, taught school, am a wife, Mom, and Grandmother, and was a professional photographer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My family and church are the most important things in my life. I have seven children (including three "in-laws"), three grandsons, and a granddaughter (soon to be born). My husband was in the Army, and we lived all over the United States and Germany. One of the hardest things I have ever done was learning to speak German during our first tour to Germany. Because my husband was assigned to a German artillery detachment, we had only German neighbors. We also attended a German congregation of the Mormon Church. It was hard not to be able to talk for myself, so I just dug in and learned the language. I grew up with a father who taught in the local elementary school. Dad never stopped learning, and neither did my Mother. As a result, I am an avid reader, and love to learn. I am pretty spontaneous, and love life! I enjoy people and creative things: machine embroidery, singing, crafts, computer graphics, digital photography (with all the amazing things that opens up)–and golf! Traveling is another thing I love to do, and of course I bring my camera along to capture the beauty of the earth and record the memories. We lived in Virginia for fifteen years, and I grew to love the history in that area. Taking photos of the monuments in Washington, D.C. at night is one of my favorite things to do! Night photography is one of my passions–right up there next to photographing my grandchildren!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, rich with heritage. My great-great parents on both sides crossed the plains with the pioneers. But the family tradition would not have been enough to keep me a Mormon. I HAD to know for myself if there was truth in the Mormon church. I have read and prayerfully studied the Book of Mormon. I took the challenge at the end of the book, to ask God if it is true. I received an answer to my prayers that it is true. There is no doubt in my mind or my heart that it is the word of God. If the Book of Mormon comes from God, then it follows that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I know this to also be truth. I have listened to modern prophets, and have received a witness to my soul, that they are truly God's prophets. President Thomas S. Monson is truly a prophet of the Lord. I have felt the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, and know this in my heart and soul. My prayers have been answered in so many ways. One of them involved a teaching position. A new school was being build to the west, and our school was being downsized. I either had to move to the new school, or transfer somewhere else in the district. I had several principals that wanted me, and I finally decided on a position in a very progressive school. I spent time one afternoon in the new school, and was very distressed as I drove home. The new school had a very different kind of program, and preparation time was going to be very intense. I was praying as I drove, asking for guidance. I wanted to continue to serve as the congregation women's organization leader, but knew it would be impossible. I got the specific answer to call the Provo School District. They hadn't had any openings before. When I called, I was offered a job. The following morning, I got a call from the progressive school principal. His boundaries had changed, and he didn't have an opening for me. I was released from his contract, and was able to take the position in Provo. My prayer was answered.

How I live my faith

It is my belief that we need to "walk the walk, not just talk the talk." If I am not living the things I read in the scriptures, and are taught by church leaders, then I am not living my faith. One of the ways I live my faith is to be of service. It isn't just a Sunday faith, but a day-to-day living faith. I believe we have a responsibility to serve, not just in church, but in the community. My husband and I currently teach 7-8 year olds in the children's organization at church. It is amazing to see the talents and abilities of these young students, and it gives me great hope for the future. I have been involved in Scouting for about twenty years, currently serving as Committee Chair for the Scouts, Varsity Team and Venturing Crew committees. I also convene the Boards of Review for the young men involved in those groups. It is awesome to speak and work with these youth. They are truly an example to me of how to live the Scout Law. Recently I was elected as Precinct Chair and as a State Delegate to represent our precinct at the state convention. Becoming more involved in the political process has been very eye-opening. I realize that every citizen, no matter the party, should be involved and a part of the process. I sing in our ward choir, and sang for fifteen years with the Mormon Choir of Washington D.C. It was an opportunity to "give back" to the community using my talents. But service isn't just about teaching, singing, and Scouting. It is about seeing the little things that need doing. It could be a meal taken to a neighbor. Or it could be a letter of encouragement, or a phone call to someone who needs to talk. It could be as simple as a hug or a thank you to someone who you noticed did something nice in a very quiet way. It could be simply remembering someone's birthday. It is seeing a need, and then trying in a Christ-like way to fill that need. I hope I am doing that. At least I know that I am trying to do so.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Janice
I remember a time when we lived in Northern Virginia that a hail storm hit our area. There was a lot of damage done, and it took months for homes to have roofs repaired or replaced, along with siding and gutters. Then, a year or so later, a hurricane hit us. The amount of rain that was dropped also caused a lot of damage. I remember looking out my kitchen window to see a neighbor (a widow) who was pulling on a tree, trying to get it to fall alway from her house. I walked out to talk with her, and she told me she had just had her home repaired, and could see that the tree was going to have to come out. The wind was blowing, and she was afraid the tree was going to hit her home. She just didn't know what to do. I told her not to worry--that I would make some phone calls. I knew some Mormon friends in the area that owned some chain saws. It was just after school hours, and the men weren't at home--but the teenagers were home from school. Within 20 minutes, there were a group of 16-18 year old boys and girls in my neighbor's yard. They had the tree down and carted away within 30 minutes. My neighbor just couldn't believe it. She tried to pay them, but they just wouldn't take any money from her. She kept saying, "But I am not a Mormon--why would you want to help me?" I told her that she had a need. She said, "They don't even know me!" I said to her, "You are my neighbor and had a need. That was enough." Mormon's don't only help other Mormons. Show more Show less