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Hi I'm Janessa Schwarze

I am serving as a missionary for the church in Taichung, Taiwan! I'm from Washington state, but grew up in Idaho.

About Me

I grew up in eastern Idaho, with a "Work hard - play harder" mind set. I don't have a lot of hobbies, but I spend a lot of time in the outdoors. I do everything from backpacking to slacklining to bridge jumping. I left on my mission in June of 2016 to the Taiwan Taichung Mission, Mandarin speaking. When I get back, I plan on joining the armed forces and I want to travel the world. I'd like to join a humanitarian service and help rebuild homes and churches after natural disasters in Asia. I'm going to write about my experiences and publish them. Writing is my passion. Whether it's poetry or short stories, I'll do it all. Marriage and a family is in the plan, but not for quite a few years. I'm grateful for the gospel in my life, and I try to make it a huge part of who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that this is the true church. I grew up in a LDS family, but I learned for myself why my parents love the gospel. In August of 2012, one of my best friends drowned in an accident. I didn't know what I was going to do. My dad gave me a blessing, and I dove into my scripture studies. I began to understand the Plan of Salvation more, and the Atonement took on a whole new meaning. I learned that we were sent here to live the best life we could, and that on God's watch, our time would run out and that our spirit would separate from our body, and that during the Ressurection, our spirit and body would reunite and I would be able to see my friend again. My testimony grew immensely, and that's when I learned for myself that this Church is the one true church, and that it has everything we need to live a happy and complete life.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith isn't about what other people see when they look at me. Living my faith means being worthy to enter the temple, upholding my covenants, and doing the little things that keep me close to Christ. Reading my scriptures and fervently praying helps me receive guidance and inspiration that is unique to me. Doing those things helps me stay on the straight and narrow path, and allows me to live my faith to the best of my ability. When I live my faith, I can see it affect the lives of those around me: I am more open to service opportunities; I am more vigilant in my church callings; I am mindful of those around me; and I am able to work better with those around me. As I live my faith, I see that others recognize it within me. They are aware of my standards and help me live them more effectively. Living my faith helps benefit me, as well as those around me.