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 Janine

I live in Arizona, but grew up in Washington. I am a wife and working mother of two beautiful children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an wife and mother to two amazing children, 7 and 5. I work as an Accountant while my husband stays home with the children. I am working on an MBA in Accounting during my "free" time which tends to be at night after the kids go to bed with my husband reading quietly next to me. I love music and enjoy playing the piano, although my passion is singing. From the time I was 5 until I graduated from High School I played competitive soccer culminating in turning down multiple scholarships to college. I ended up attending Brigham Young University which was not in need of Goalkeepers at the time drawing a close to my "soccer career." I look forward to coaching my childrens' teams after I complete an MBA.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised in the LDS church I have not always been an active member. I spent several years of my life following a different path as I had not gained my own testimony. When I hit my personal rock bottom I spent many nights crying myself to sleep. I have never felt such utter loneliness as I did at that time in my life. During this time I turned to my Father in Heaven with as much faith as I could muster as I remembered the teachings of my youth. While this faith was not significant in any way and I still struggled in my return path I did not give up. One evening, after many months of prayer, repenting and crying, I felt the love of my Heavenly Father surround me. I cannot begin to express the amazing relief and joy I felt when I realized that I had been forgiven. I could not contain the happiness I felt as the tears of pain and grief became tears of the utmost joy and gratitude. I still continue my journey back to my Father in Heaven, and often stumble on my way. However, I know that there is forgiveness and an everlasting peace and happiness that awaits me if I continue to live my life by His commandments and precepts. True happiness and joy come from following the commandments that God has given us in the scriptures. While faith is not the easiest of things to practice, I can testify to you that it works and He will never leave you.

How I live my faith

I am fortunate enough to work with the youth in my ward (congregation). It is an amazing experience to see how strong their faith in God and Jesus Christ is. I often feel as though they teach me more than I teach them. I have grown to leave each of them and appreciate the examples they are to my children. I volunteer with an organization called COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors). I had the unfortunate experience to join this amazing group when my brother in-law was killed while serving as a police officer. Since that time I have come to value the individuals that are part of this organization and the service they provide to those who have suffered such a great loss in their lives. The members of this organization lift up and support each other throughout their lives. I have learned that the best way to live my faith is to simply be an example of my beliefs wherever I go. This does not necessarily mean I am constantly preaching, but rather I practice honesty, integrity and love. Whether I am at work, home, with friends or church I try to be a person my Father in Heaven can be proud of. I may not always succeed, but I know that the atonment and sacrifice of my Savior allows me to repent and continually try again to be better than I was the day before.