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Hi I'm Jana

I am a small town girl! I love the outdoors. I battle depression every day of my life and I am a mormon!

About Me

I am the youngest and only girl of my family. I spent most of my childhood hiking and camping in the mountains with my family. I have recently picked up rock climbing and I go often with my older brothers. I am the biggest daddy's girl and he is my best friend. I recently earned my associates agree in communications and plan on continuing in interior design when I return home from my mission. When I was in my late teens, I was diagnosed with depression. It was good for me to learn that how I was feeling was not normal. Althought I take medication for it, it is still a very real part of my life and I have to fight through it everyday. I have found a lot of comfort in knowing that God loves me and that I can feel His spirit in mt life. I have learned that He is there to help me in my bad times.

Why I am a Mormon

My family did not have everything we wanted while I was growing up. In fact, it was hard because everything kept knocking us back down on the ground. Between my dads business blowing up and us loosing everything, and my mom being in and out of the hospital, it was always hard for us to keep moving. There were points in my life where I would complain and ask "Why would God do this to us?" I would continue threw the motions of going to church and the activities because it was what my parents wanted me to do. When I was nearing the end of my teenage years, I hit a low point and completely stopped doing the things that my parents taught me. When I did this, I felt an emptiness that I had never felt before. Never had I felt so alone. One night I decided that I didn't like the way I was feeling, so I got on my knees like my parents had taught me to do when I needed comfort. I prayed and everything was the same as it always was. At the close of my prayer, I asked God if He loved me. That is the first time that I remember feeling the Spirit so strong. After that experience, I turned back to the church and spent all my energy to find out if this was the true church upon the earth. Threw Gods love and his teachings, I found that this is Gods only true church upon the Earth. One of the biggest things that changed in me was that I now realized the love that my Father in Heaven had for me. Because of him, I am blessed in so many ways. Even though my family still has a hard time with everything, we have all learned to rely on God and have become closer as a family because of it. I have gained a greater love for those around me. The way of living that we as members of the church have is so different than those of the world. People think that being a Mormon is about not enjoying this life because of all the rules that are contrary to the world, but in reality, it is a way to live a more joyful life because of the constant companionship the the Lord.

How I live my faith

I strive my best to serve and support those around me. My dad and I recently helped plan a service project in our neighborhood where 300 kids volunteered to come serve the people in our community. I try to show others that even though I may not know them, I love them because we are all sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father and we are all brothers and sisters. Serving helps me take my mind off of my own issues and trials, and lets me focus on helping other in their trials, just like Christ would do. I am currently serving a full time mission where I commit all of my time for 18 months to serve. I was called to Philadelphia Pennsylvaina. I teach others about what I know to be true and help them to come closer to Jesus Christ.