Hi I'm Janna
I'm a born-and-bred New Englander, a scatter-brained creative soul, and a mom of two sweet-cheeked girls. I'm a Mormon.
I'm a full-time mother and part-time student of the Family Sciences. My very cool husband puts up with my lengthy list of never-ending, ever-beginning projects, including my food and at-home entertaining blog, creative writing projects, dinner parties, service efforts, fun with the kiddos, and my dream of one day getting my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy..... and going to culinary school.... and becoming a master gardener... and a writer.
I've thought about this a lot over the years. Part of the reasons have to do with my brain, part with my heart, and part with results of living the gospel. I was raised in Vermont and went to a progressive private school in Massachusetts, both hubs of the kind of thinking that might steer a person away from any sort of organized religion. But I have found that many of the values and teachings that I learned in these communities work quite well with the doctrines taught in the gospel. Social responsibility, environmental responsibility, hard work, education, proper treatment of the body, love and respect for all people, freedom, and the balance of justice and mercy. I've never experienced these things taught in a more comprehensive and enlightening way than I have within the context of the gospel. When I've needed to study a principle or doctrine in order to gain a proper conviction of its truth, I've always been able to come away with a satisfying understanding that is compatible with things I already know to be true. Having that intellectual understanding is deeply important to me, but it would never be enough on its own. I truly believe that every person is capable of spiritual learning, and that this happens as a result of seeking through prayer, study, and an earnest intent to live by your convictions. Ultimately I cannot dismiss the things that I have felt. Finally, I can't ignore the great distinction between how I feel when I'm making a strong effort to live according to the gospel and how I feel when I'm allowing myself to relax my efforts, so to speak. One brings me peace, gives my life a deep sense of purpose and meaning, makes my mind feel more alert, and increases my capacity to love... and the other just doesn't. When I live the doctrines, I'm a better person, a better mom, better wife, and I do more with my life.
I stay pretty busy in my effort to live my faith. In the past I have served as a teacher to the young women and once to the small children in our congregation, and as the organizer for women's weeknight (and sometimes weekend) activities. Currently I have the responsibility to oversee the charitable efforts of the women in my church, which has turned out to be one of my all-time favorite positions. The possibilities for what this could entail are endless, but some of the most frequent efforts include organizing meals, rides, and childcare for new mothers or anyone who's sick or injured. My responsibilities also include helping those in need to become more self-reliant. It's extremely rewarding and very inspiring work.