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Hi I'm Janet.

I'm married. I work for the British government. I enjoy languages and travel.

About Me

I’m a 49-year-old administrative officer, living and working in Lancashire, North-west England. I attended music school, drama college, and teacher training, before studying astrophysics and French history with the Open University. I also love foreign languages, both ancient and modern. My family tree contains American, Italian, Dutch, German, Irish, English, and other ethnicities. I’m currently studying Italian with my husband, Graham, at night school. Prior to joining the Civil Service 20 years ago, I had various other jobs, ranging from youth & community work to being a genealogist, and even working on a construction site. I am now losing my eye-sight due to an incurable condition, so I’m determined to read, study and travel as much as possible while I still can. After that, I’ll be able to spend more time enjoying music.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother’s family have been Mormons for over 150 years. When I was a child, we didn’t attend often, but we did have visitors from church who came to see how we were, and to ask if we needed anything. My grandmother was housebound, and really appreciated these visits. Occasionally, my granddad would take me to church, and I loved how everyone greeted us so warmly. Children were encouraged to participate in the services, and we were taught to value ourselves and be confident. When I was 13, I read the Book of Mormon and instinctively knew that it was true. I asked to be baptised, and after that, my mother and I went to church every week. We made lots of friends, and got involved in a variety of church activities. At 18, I drifted away from church, and entered a very unhappy period in my life. This ended when I met and married Graham, some 12 years later. When I told him about my Mormon background, he was curious about it, and promised that if I ever wanted to return to my faith, he would support me in doing so. I encouraged him to discover his own family origins, and now we still work together on our genealogy. Shortly after getting married, I lost my grandparents. I was able to cope with it only because I knew that the bereavement was temporary. The sure and certain knowledge that we would be together again as a family was firm in my mind, and was a great comfort. I was re-baptised and, a few months later, my husband was baptised too. He was ordained as a priest and was able to baptise his own daughter. He now serves as the Bishop of Wigan, and it’s a joy to me to support him in that. We have both been active in the church for about 18 years now. It has been a great blessing in our lives, and kept our marriage strong. We have shared goals and values. Jesus Christ is central to our lives. We are now looking forward to retirement, when we hope to serve a mission together in the temple.

How I live my faith

Mormons don’t have paid clergy, so the whole congregation works together to share the duties. Everyone has a job: anything from repairing hymnbooks to auditing the accounts. We clean the Chapel on a rota basis. We take turns (children included) to give the Sunday sermons. We make monthly home visits to each other, giving support to anyone who may need it. This is called Home Teaching, or Visiting Teaching. In addition to this, I am the music director for our church in Wigan. I choose the hymns and train the choir. I am also an officer in the Relief Society – the world’s oldest (1842) and largest (6,000,000+) women’s society. In addition, I serve on the Wigan Inter-Faith Council, working with other religions to promote understanding across the faith community. Apart from holding social events (like dances, quiz nights, or meals), Mormons are encouraged to serve the community - for example, by volunteering with local charities. I am also active in my trade union, and serve on committees for disabled and visually-impaired workers. As often as I can, I like to visit the Temple with my husband or my mother. Just walking through the doors of that sacred building is an amazing spiritual and emotional uplift. When I have health worries, personal issues or work problems, I go there and feel the anxiety melt away, until my mind is clear and I am able to solve the problem, with the Lord’s help. In the Temple, we feel close to our family and friends who have died, and we contemplate the joy we can experience when we are reunited with them in the next life. As more Temples are built across Europe, I have a growing desire to put my language skills to use and serve a Temple mission with Graham, perhaps in Rome or Paris. Being a Mormon has richly blessed my life, and I would love to pass on some of the joy that it has brought to me and to my family.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The church invites us to participate and assist in our communities, so many Mormons serve with charitable organisations, or in civic positions such as as school governors, prison visitors, or magistrates. I was secretary of a local political party for several years, and now serve on other committees. As the church is worldwide, it does not endorse any one party or political philosophy. Rather, it asks us to consider prayerfully the needs of our community and, if voting in elections, the character and integrity of the candidates. We aim to base our decisions on principles that are compatible with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less