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Hi I'm Janeen

I'm a wife, mother of a special needs child and a set of boy/girl twins. I'm a singer/songwriter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother and I'm a singer/songwriter, professional musician. I was born and raised in the church. I moved out on my own when I was 18 and attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Only a year after I moved out, I met my husband and we were sealed together in the Los Angeles temple 6 months after we met when I was 19. We now have 3 children. Our first child was diagnosed with 'high-functioning' autism in 2006 when he was 4 and I've been on a journey ever since of learning about health and spiritual strength. When he was 6, I gave birth to boy/girl twins. My life has had it's challenges, but I am truly blessed and so filled with joy because of my blessings. My husband remains my soul mate and best friend and my children are my pride and joy. Our house is filled with chatter, laughter and footsteps constantly, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I am also blessed to be living my dream of being a singer/songwriter. I have written and recorded 2 solo albums, 1 collaboration album that took me all the way to Bombay, India. I have also collaborated on a single with an artist from Scotland. My life is truly blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I have heard people say that we live the religion that we are raised in because it's familiar to us. I think this would be a reason that would fail easily through time because going to church every Sunday and upholding church callings and standards would be extremely difficult unless you have a strong conviction that you know the church is true. Having that knowledge makes living the standards much easier because I love God so much and I see His love and blessings in my life and I want to live in a way that pleases Him. If God says to keep His commandments and He promises to bless us for it....then I am going to try that out and see if that's true! When I think of the times in my life where I remember being the happiest and feeling the most fulfillment, it has been during the times when I have been the most diligent in keeping the commandments. It's during the times when I focus too much on myself or let my beliefs fade and get lazy that I start to become unhappy....and then I'll even think then I need to focus more on myself....and then it's worse. Then I remember that I've let myself fade away from what I was doing before when I was happy and I know then I need to get back on track....and when I do, then I'm happy again just like that. There is no other church that has The Book of Mormon, or Temple ordinances, or the Priesthood, or a living Prophet and is set up just as Christ set up his church while he was living on the earth. I have gained a testimony of all of these things and I have felt the happiness of living this gospel....I have no need to search anywhere else. I know this is the true Church of Jesus Christ and that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am currently called to be the choir director in my ward and have been for about 4 years. I was also called to be a nursery leader about 1 year ago. For those who don't know, but you might have guessed....I help teach and care for the nursery aged (18 months - 3 yrs) children during meetings at church. I attend the first meeting, Sacrament Meeting...then I am in the nursery for the remaining 2 hours. It can be tiring to take care of this group, but the children are so precious and I have really grown to love each and every one. It is service in the most enjoyable way. I strive to live my faith by being an example to my children and show them that I know it's important to attend all church meeting and to be willing to accept and do our best with the calling(s) we are given. I strive to show them the importance of living the gospel principles like, having 'Family Home Evening' every Monday night, reading scriptures and praying together, keeping the sabbath day holy, keeping the 'Word Of Wisdom' and just in general conversation taking opportunities to teach the importance of these things and why they are important...because living the gospel is the only way to be truly happy. I often fall short of doing all of these things, but it always remains the goal that I strive to obtain.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Janeen
This is a very sensitive subject in our country today. There are people who view those that oppose gay-marriage as hateful and intolerant and may continue to feel that way no matter what someone might say to answer this question. But, I will do my best. I've been raised in the church and I have always learned from the leaders that we should try to be like Jesus. Jesus is the perfect example of love and tolerance. He showed love and mercy to everyone regardless of anything. When priests brought a woman before Him who was accused of committing adultery and saying that the law required her to be stoned and then asked Jesus what He thought, He said "Those without sin, let him cast the first stone at her." Her accusers left and then Jesus said to the woman, "Go, and sin no more". His response was perfect with love and mercy, but also lovingly told her to "sin no more". This example shows His love and tolerance while also showing that love and tolerance doesn't mean allowance. The reason gay-marriage is not looked upon with allowance is the same reason why sex outside of marriage is not looked upon with allowance. It has nothing to do with who you are. God has sanctioned sexual intimacy to be only between husband and wife. Any other sexual relations is contrary to God's plan of happiness. His plan is for men and women to marry, have families when all possible. Anyone showing hatred and intolerance to anyone for any reason is not following the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less