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Hi I'm Janie

I'm a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of 23. I live in Oregon and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Oregon. I've been married for 42 years and have lived in Utah, Oregon, Washington, and California since my marriage. I went to college for a year at Oregon State University, then attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, briefly until our first daughter came along. I took a break from school to raise six children, then returned and finished my bachelor's degree at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. I love animals (especially my miniature horses and my little dog). I enjoy reading, sewing and doing cross-stitch, and working on family history and genealogy. My husband and I spend a lot of time serving in our church and in the community. My favorite pastime though has to be spending time with my 23 beautiful grandchildren. My husband and I are about to embark on a new adventure, as we leave in six weeks to serve a mission in the Maryland Baltimore Mission. At the same time we are serving our oldest grandson will be serving in the Mozambique Maputo Mission. How exciting..

Why I am a Mormon

The summer after I graduated from high school I met a young man who told me a little bit about his church, the LDS Church. When I went away to school at Oregon State I looked up the missionaries and asked them to teach me more. It sounded logical and familiar to me -- until they got to the Joseph Smith story, then it was a little weird and I decided not to continue. But I had told the missionaries ( and the young man I met in the summer) that I would pray about it. So I did. Very casually and with a disbelieving attitude. But I did pray. And over the two weeks that I prayed about whether or not the church (especially the Joseph Smith story) was true, the Lord gently and gradually changed my heart, and eventually I knew without a doubt that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that his account of the First Vision was true. Therefore the Book of Mormon must be true, as well as all the teachings of the restored church. In the 43 years since I had that experience, my testimony has never wavered.

How I live my faith

We have been so blessed in our family and feel a great responsibility to give back and especially to try to understand God's plan for us and be His hands in serving others. I enjoy volunteering at our local Senior Center, serving lunch there several times each month. I serve at our local Family History Library each Thursday afternoon. Another fun activity is working with the 12- and 13-year-old girls in our church. They are fun and enthusiastic, but also spiritual and want to learn more about Jesus Christ and how to stay virituous in difficult situations. I love to help and support my family, I try to be a good example to all of them, but they are really the best examples to me and I learn a lot from them.