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Hi I'm Janie

I teach kindergarteners to read. Laughing with my teenagers and husband is my favorite activity. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Bountiful, Utah and met my husband at Utah State University. (Go Aggies!) I have three teenage children, a son and a daughter at home and one serving a mission in Culiacan, Mexico. My husband and kids are quite funny (I am not!) and make me laugh every day. I have taught kindergarten for many years and love the unconditional acceptance children this age show to others and their enthusiasm for life and learning. My free time is spent reading, exercising, and napping when I can. I could not live without post-it notes to help me keep track of my life. My happiest times are spent visiting with family members and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of this church brings me peace, happiness, and the opportunity to grow through serving others. Each week I am able to worship with others, who like me, struggle through life's difficulties, but love Jesus Christ and want to follow him. These same good people serve the members of our congregation in many ways that touch me- they teach my children about God’s plan for them, sing music that uplifts me, share their testimonies of Christ and his love, and give service throughout the week. The youth in our church have caring leaders who spend one night a week providing uplifting activities for them, and giving them opportunities to help those in need. I cannot imagine raising children without the teachings of my church regarding moral issues. From age 18 months, children in my congregation have many loving adults who teach them the way to be happy is to keep God's commandments and love others. The burden of parenting feels much lighter when so many others are looking out for my children and desire their happiness just as I do. I also find great comfort hearing from a prophet I know speaks for God, whose messages to us are full of love and encouragement to follow Christ's example. Each Sunday I can take the sacrament and ask God to forgive me of my weaknesses, and through the grace of Christ, help me do better. Each day I can read from the Bible and Book of Mormon, and be reminded of why I am here on earth. I can pray to my Heavenly Father at anytime, knowing that His love for me is always there, and never diminishes, no matter how many mistakes I make. I know He sets no limits on how often I can talk to him! Each moment I can feel of the love Christ has for me. I know it is His grace that allows me to be forgiven of sin and gives me strength to go forward with hope in the future and the ability to be kinder and more compassionate. Next to my family, the greatest blessing in all my life is my membership in the church.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church has given me opportunities to love and serve others in ways I would never have done on my own. I recently spent three years serving as the President of the women's organization in my local congregation. I spent many hours with women who had struggles we are all familiar with- financial worries, poor health, marriage difficulties, concerns about their children’s social problems or school possibilities, and the list goes on. To me a huge part of living my faith is this: knowing there are only two things you can safely assume about ANYONE: 1) That person has heartache and struggles just like you. 2) That person needs kindness, forgiveness, generosity, and love, just like you. I have been taught that I was a child of God my entire life, and that everyone I share this earth with is also a child of God, beloved by him. Knowing this makes me see others differently and have greater compassion for what might seem like a weakness to me. Living my faith means being patient with someone who might be frustrating, giving the benefit of the doubt to someone who makes different decisions than me, and extending help and kindness whenever I can. The example we look to in our church is Jesus Christ, and if I declare myself a Christian I know it means I must treat others as he would- with tenderness and concern.