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Hi I'm Jana Kessinger

I was born in Korea and when I was fourteen-years-old, I was adopted into an American family. "I'm a Mormon."

About Me

I am happily married with four beautiful children and a loving husband. My hobbies/talents are teaching aerobics (kick-boxing, pump, and cycling.) I LOVE to eat and exercise. I enjoy life and want to share my talents and help others to become healthy. Exercise is a big part of my life and I want to stay healthy for my children and my future grand children. I am currently the PTA president in my child's school and also very involved with two other PTA schools my children attend. I love to ski in the winter time because that's what my hubby and teenagers do, so I took skiing lessons for 3 seasons. You see I didn't want to be left at home, and I wanted to be where my family was when our kids were younger. Now I can keep up with my fabulous teenagers little bit on the slopes. I guess I am a bit too old and a bit too slow for their likes. Although, many people think that I am a social butterfly, I actually love to stay at home and either read or work on little projects. Ever since, we started to have children, my hubby and I decided that I would stay home and take care of children while my husband worked and went to school. Yes!!! We were poor, but we were a poor, happy family. I loved being with my kids when they were little, you see we had our first three children in less than three years. Then there was about a six year gap and had a nice surprise by having another sweet baby. I am very passionate about my role of motherhood and being a wife to my loving husband.

Why I am a Mormon

At age 14, I was adopted into an American family whom were very active Mormons. My adopted parents introduced me to a couple of Korean speaking missionaries and within six months, I was baptized and its been the greatest blessing. Then, there was a trial I had to face because I had told my Young Women's president about strange things happening to me at home. Shortly after the subject of "sexual abuse," and "emotional abuse" broke out, I was kicked out of my adopted parents home with two black trash bags full of my belongings. Although my adopted father had confessed of his sins, my mother didn't want me in their home so their guardianship of me was turned over to state custody. That night, I stayed in a youth home for a few days, and bounced around different foster homes. My dreams had been shattered and life seemed hopeless, depressing and not fair. However, I always had the Book of Mormon and I knew I could pray to my Father in Heaven. Even with this trial, I felt so blessed because I had found the gospel and became part of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. I knew I was a daughter of God, and knew that my Heavenly Father listened to my tearful prayers. During the darkest times of my life, my favorite hymn was and still is "Because I have been given much," because He has blessed me with wonderful friends and a loving bishop, stake president, and the Young Women's President.

How I live my faith

I am very involved in my community by organizing fundraisers and helping those that are less fortunate. I use my social media contacts to organize and collect what is in need through my supportive gym friends. I also, work a lot with the youth in our ward and at my children's schools. I love working with the youth and being surrounded by them every Sunday. One of my favorite callings is visiting teaching because I get to go out of my comfort zone and meet new sisters from the ward. Once I get to know them, I feel very accomplished and grateful because if it wasn't for doing my visiting teaching calling, I would never go out of my way to get to know them. Yes!! We are all VERY busy, but I believe that we ALL need friends and we must love and serve one another as that is what our Heavenly Father would have us do. God would never let one sheep stray from the crowd. Sometimes, I really don't feel like doing my visiting teaching calling, but every time I do, I am grateful and happy that I did.

What is faith?

Jana Kessinger
As a convert, Faith is knowing that Jesus Christ died for me and I am a child/daughter of God. I had to know this truth because dealing with sexual and emotional abuse I was kicked out of my adopted parents' house and ended up in a group home along with other teenagers. A group home was there for me til' the State of Utah found a foster home. As you can imagine, a teenage girl from Korea not being able to speak english very well was immensely difficult. Finally, I came to Show more Show less