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Hi I'm Ja'Nette

I was born in the Church. I converted to the gospel in prison. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a Mormon family, but spent my high school years making detrimental choices that brought me far away from the gospel I knew. After leaving a party and causing a drunk driving accident at age 19, my life as I knew it completely shattered. I felt I had committed an unforgivable offense, and could never return to church. I didn't understand why my life had been spared when others' had not, and l felt unworthy of forgiveness. I began to look to the Lord for answers, and in time, I received more blessings than I ever thought possible. My self worth and the ability to redirect my future grew as I learned about the miracle of the Atonement. While serving almost 3 years in prison, I spread my message to fellow inmates who were looking for answers to life's difficult questions: Where do I go from here? Does anyone care about me? Does God answer prayers? How can I ever forgive myself? I found strength in missionary efforts as I spread the glorious gospel message of forgiveness through the Atonement in the penitentiaries I was confined to throughout my sentence. I realized that with Jesus Christ, light can be brought into the darkest places, and with light comes truth, and with truth, hope and direction. During my missionary efforts, I met my husband at the end of my prison sentence, who converted soon after. We are married with three children, and with the Savior's help, my life is overflowing with joy and peace, unlike anything I've ever felt before.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a member because I have lived a life with and without the Savior's influence in it, and I can see the difference not only in myself, but in family members' lives as well. It's literally like night and day. While in prison, my Heavenly Father never turned His back on me or ignored my pleas for help and guidance, though I had made terrible mistakes. Instead, I was extended mercy and love. I learned how to forgive myself and to look forward with a perfect brightness of hope. I know this hope is not possible through any other means but by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I had always heard that "Jesus died for my sins" but through prayerful study of holy scriptures I know why that great and ultimate sacrifice was made. I discovered it was, in fact, made for each of us, individually! For *me*... a sinner. God loved *me* enough to send His Son to die for me, that I may enjoy blessings in this life, and in the next life as well. Through temple attendance, I have gained a testimony of our eternal potential as children of God. I know that by coming unto Christ myself, I have altered the future for generations in my family line. Through family history and temple work, I also change generations that have come before me. My message and testimony of the Gospel is simple: the worth of one soul is great in the sight of the Lord, and by saving one, we will save and bless countless others. The blessings are exponential in the lives of those who search for and find truth.

How I live my faith

In 2010, I spoke at an 11-stake youth conference with Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Seventy to 1,500 adolescents. I testified that living church standards can save you from painful consequences. I spoke of the dangers of peer pressure how certain lifestyles can turn you way from the Lord. I enjoy sharing my message with youth. Today, I live my faith by sharing that the gospel of Jesus Christ can save, rescue, and redeem you. I enjoy talking openly to others about my experiences in hopes that they know the gospel can make the imperfect perfected. This message is always well received when I speak in correctional facilities. I can truly look into their eyes and say, "I've been where you are; I know." I often reflect on how the Atonement qualifies the Lord to say the same thing to us, which has brought me closer to understanding His love for me. I live my faith by being an example of a "changed person," not because I went to a 'correctional' facility, but because I chose to correct my behavior in a way that was pleasing to my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. I live my faith by showing others that no matter where you are in your journey, there's always hope if you follow the Lord, and help doing so is always available. The most important missionary work I do is inside the walls of my own home, as my husband and I teach our daughters the truthfulness of the gospel message. I testify that the example, work, and impact of righteous parents are valuable beyond measure.