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Hi I'm Janice

I am a mother, a wife, a teacher, a writer, a friend and a disciple of Jesus Christ. And yes I am a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a large family of 13 children. I have ten younger brothers and sisters. I had wonderful parents who taught me the value of hard work. I have had a job since I was 12 years old. My first job was working at an egg farm. I now have a family of my own. I am married to a wonderful husband. Together we are raising five beautiful children. Two of my children are currently taking a break from college to serve church missions. My oldest daughter is living in Korea and my oldest son lives in Brazil. I am slowly adjusting to having my family grow up and move on. I am holding on tightly to the three children I still have living at home I was fortunate to stay home with my children for most of their childhood but have returned to the workforce about 5 years ago. I have worked as an elementary school teacher and am currently writing blog articles for various companies. I enjoy traveling, shopping, reading, and spending time with family. I also love to cook as long as someone else will do the dishes. My mom instilled a lot of fun family traditions as a child which I have implemented in my own family. I look forward to the holiday season where we invite others to share in those traditions. We make homemade gingerbread houses and villages from scratch. As a family we love to make and dip homemade chocolates. I enjoy being around people. I have never met a person I don't like. It doesn't mean that it doesn't take a while for them to like me.

Why I am a Mormon

The first question people seem to always ask me when they find out that I am a Mormon is "Were you raised in the church?" I am a firm believer that it doesn't matter what religion you were raised in, that you come to a point in where you have to decide for yourself what you really believe. As a young mother I moved with my husband across the country for the first time away from my family. For the first time I was a minority. It had always been easy to believe because so many others around me believed the same things as I did. I spent a lot of time on my knees in prayer, studying the scriptures, and the words of modern prophets today. I even learned about some other religions. It was during that time that I came to the knowledge that the things I had been taught were true. I also realized there was a lot more I still needed to learn. While there is so much to learn about the church I have had the Holy Ghost confirm to me that this is indeed the true church. It doesn't mean that at times I don't question and continue to study and learn. It has helped me not only through difficult and trying times as a teenager, but also in raising my family. I am a Mormon because it is what makes me happy and it brings me a lot of peace in a dark and confusing world. I have looked at many different religions and it just makes sense. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the answers to so many of life's questions. I know where I lived before I was born, I know why I am here, and I know what to expect after I die. I have a wonderful support group where ever I go in the world. I have learned to love and appreciate all religions and find things in common with my friends of other faiths. I love that we have living prophets and apostles today that can give me guidance for our day just like in Biblical times. I am grateful that Heavenly Father has not left us in the dark and know that Jesus Christ is at the head of his church.

How I live my faith

I was raised my parents who taught me at a young age the importance of prayer. They taught me to love others unconditionally. I try to live my life in such a way that I have no regrets. I honestly feel that my prayers have been answered so many times by the people who love and surround me. My goal is to serve others as the Savior did and love people unconditionally. I try to be in tune with the spirit so I am there when the Lord needs me to answer others prayers. I really try not to judge others and put myself in their shoes. I have met some pretty grumpy people in my life, but once I get to know them I find they usually have a good reason. When I was pregnant with my fifth child I had a life threatening condition. It was through a priesthood blessing that I was healed. I have learned that each day we have on this earth is a gift. I try not to take for granted even the difficult days and am grateful for the time I have on earth and the experiences I am enjoying good or bad. I have a deep love for my Savior and try to honor him by the way I live my life. It is because of him that I can have my family forever. I am grateful for a Father in Heaven that I can communicate with at any time. He has helped me through so many difficult trials in life. I may not always know how things are going to turn out but I trust that Heavenly Father has a plan for me. When things don't work out how I think they should I trust the my Father in Heaven has a better plan. I can look back on my life and know that my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ have led me to where I am today.