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Hi I'm Janessa MacArthur

I was a child of divorced parents. I love my family. I want to serve Heavenly Father and Jesus. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Wyoming, but grew up in different parts of Idaho and then Nebraska. My mom and dad divorced when I was 5, but our stepdad adopted me and two of my siblings when we lived in Nebraska. I love my family and forgave my birth dad a long time ago. I want to become a Wife and Mother. I also would like to work with children in either a public education setting or some other setting that allows me to work with children. I enjoy art, reading, watching nature, tennis, and the list could go on. I love and respect animals. Right now though I get the privilege of preparing to serve Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, on a mission in Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been in the church all my life, there is so much conflict and confusion in the world, and it delves so deeply into me. That being said, I have found that 'sweet is the peace the gospel brings', how wonderful to know of where I was, the general yet stable reason of why I'm here, and what is after this life. How wonderful that I can be with my family forever. I'll share with you a personal experience with that. About four years ago, my family (the other two siblings of my immediate family were not sealed with the rest of us on that day) was sealed in the Omaha, or Winter Quarters, Temple. If you're not familiar with the temple, it is the most peaceful and enlightening place on the earth, the place where some ordinances (or sacred, formal acts performed by the authority of the priesthood, in which we also enter into solemn covenant to God), in this case sealing, are performed. The temple is so full of beauty and the glory of God, it is the house of God. Now as for that day when I was sealed to my family, I had felt at some previous points in my life, not because people kept telling me I needed to get sealed to my family, that something was missing from my family. I had felt of times where I wondered about what would happen if my parents died, or my siblings, and would feel a detachment, I don't really understand it, but I felt something deep was there. I guess I didn't feel to dive deeper into that feeling, but when the time came that my Dad was able to adopt us and we were going to be sealed, I was happy. We were sealed in the temple, and though I won't go into the sacredness of that occasion, I will share with you that I felt the detachment go away, that we had indeed been sealed, and only transgression can keep us away from each other. Christ made that possible, He also made it possible to return to Heavenly Father's presence, which is where the happily sealed family will assuredly dwell. That blessing and exaltation is available to all who follow Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have been serving as a primary worker (or serving as a teacher for the children) for over a year now, and learn, in that most basic setting, the simplicity of the gospel, and how a dear 6-year old girl in the primary room wanted to know if I knew that I was her big sister, and I knew I could tell her that we are sisters. We are all children of heavenly parents, so I want to treat others as such, though I understand our earth family is where that starts and that a family is sacred and beautiful. It's hard to say though, how I live my faith, for it is embedded in me so much so that my faith helps me live and learn.