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Hi I'm Janna

I was born and raised in Texas. I graduated from BYU in 2004. I am a mother of four, a teacher and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a single mother of four daughters. My oldest daughter just left to serve a full-time mission and the other three are planning to follow her example. I am an elementary certified teacher currently working as a substitute teacher in all levels of education. I enjoy reading, crocheting, playing family games, and doing genealogy. I like keeping in touch with friends and family using Facebook. Although not a craft master I think it is fun to dabble in crafts. I would like to learn more about sewing, gardening, canning, and playing the piano. I also enjoy journal keeping but I am not the best at doing it!

Why I am a Mormon

I have a testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a child my dad was of one religion and my mother was an inactive Mormon, however, I had an aunt that would take me to Primary on Wednesday's (the Mormon children's program which is now held on Sunday). Having grown up in Texas I had many opportunities to visit different churches with friends and family members. Although all of the churches I visited were friendly and bore testimony of Christ they did not all teach the same doctrine; this lead me to a personal study of the scriptures; which included the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible. My study of the Bible seemed to be complimented by the teachings of the Book of Mormon. As I prayed to know the truth I felt the Holy Spirit testify to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Throughout my youth I went in and out of church activity. Although I gained a testimony that the gospel was true it was not until the birth of my first daughter that I gained strength to live it! The gospel teaches the principle that families are forever and I knew that I wanted to teach my children to live up to the expectations of the Savior so that we could be together forever. I had a desire to teach my children who they are, where they come from, why they are here on earth and where they can expect to go when this life is through. I wanted to teach them that their lives have a purpose greater than the idea of YOLO (you only live once). I wanted them to know and understand that we have the freedom of choice but we are held accountable for our decisions and that the worth of souls is great in the sight of God! I am thankful for the restored gospel which has helped me raise up a family unto the Lord.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the teacher of the 16-18 year old girls in our Young Women's Program. As a youth leader I teach on Sunday and help the youth plan, organize and conduct Wednesday activities. Our youth enjoy a variety of activities such as sports, crafts, service projects, girls camp, art and even rodeos; to name a few. One service project the youth recently participated in was painting the exterior of an elderly couple's home. Our young girls also enjoyed going to the local nursing home and visiting with the elderly ladies while painting the patients fingernails. I also have two ladies of the church that I visit teach each month; this means that I visit them in their home and share a brief gospel message. I make sure that the needs of each lady, both spiritual and temporal, are being met. If they have any needs that I cannot personally meet I inform our local church leadership to make sure that each sister and their family is taken care of as per their needs. I also serve in my community as a volunteer at the local community theatre. Although I am not perfect I do try my best to live by what I teach! I believe that the best teacher is example; how I live my life teaches those around me more than anything I teach by way of mouth!

What is faith?

Janna
Most people think of faith as a belief in something that you cannot see but feel is true. I like this definition but faith is more than that. Faith is believing in something so strongly that you ACT on that which you believe to be true. In other words, faith is not merely a passive belief it is a principle of action. I often use the example that I can "believe" that at the end of the week (or in my case month) I will receive a paycheck; but if all I do is believe and I don't get up and go to work each day then no matter how much I believe that I am going to get a paycheck I will be sorely disappointed when payday comes. Along with my belief that I will get a paycheck I must also "act" on my belief by getting up each day and going to work. Then and only then will my paycheck be a reality. The gospel of Jesus Christ can be something we believe in but if we do not act on our belief by living by its principles what have we gained by believing. I can believe in the principle of baptism but if I am never baptized I cannot be saved in the kingdom of God and thus it is with all of God's commandment. It is not enough for me to believe; I must act on my belief by living the principles taught by the gospel of Christ. Show more Show less