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Hi I'm Jana Abrams

I was born into a Mormon family, went to church regularly but wasn't totally converted to the Gospel until I was 41.

About Me

I love the outdoors; walking, riding ATV's, camping, riding horses, working in my yard. I am a mom with six children and 15 grandchildren. I was always active in church growing up but strayed when I got married. I came back to the gospel many years later but I always felt the Savior's influence in my life even when I was not active in church. Although I was born a member of this church I was not truly converted to the gospel until I was 41 years of age, I am now 63 and heading for the mission field with my husband in a couple of weeks. It is never too late to come back to the fold.

Why I am a Mormon

As I mentioned I was born a Mormon. Have attended other churches with friends but do not have the peaceful feeling I get by attending my own church. I know where I came from, where I am going when I leave this earth and why I am here. I know there is a Father in Heaven who loves me regardless of the mistakes I may make along the way. If I stumble and fall I pick myself up and ask for forgiveness if needed, and continue on, trying to become a better person. As Mormon's we are taught no one is perfect, nor will they be perfect in this life time, all we are asked to do is improve on who we are every day. Many people say our religion is too hard to live, too many restrictions. To me they are not restrictions, they are guidelines to help me become a better, healthier person. Not drinking, smoking, etc. helps me have a healthier body. Reading my scriptures daily keeps me on the right track, keeps me closer to my Heavenly Father and helps me handle any trials that come my way because I know my Heavenly Father is aware of my trails and needs and is waiting for me to ask for his help.

How I live my faith

Currently my husband and I serve at a local nursing home assisting the elderly to be able to attend sacrament meeting and family home evening. I truly love this people and will miss them. I have worked with the youth, the young women and the adult women. I love working with my 'Sisters in Zion". I have been involved in the community on many levels, organizing many events but my greatest joy comes from organizing or attending church activities. I am never ashamed to let people know I am a Latter Day Saint and I always try to act and dress in accordance with my religion. I try to let my light shine every day.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Jana Abrams
Our responsibility as Mormon women is to raise and nurture our children in the ways of the Lord. Teach them correct principals and concepts, help them recognize the Holy Ghost, create a loving home environment where they feel loved. I feel my husband and I are equals but have different parts to play in the home and in the church. In church he is involved in those classes that deal with the men and I am involved with those classes that deal with the women. We join together to aide each other when needed. We share in the responsibilities of the home and raising of the children in the gospel. I am grateful he holds the priesthood and can give me and my children blessings as needed. The Lord set up his church this way in the beginning and it will not change, it is listed in scripture how the church will be organized, we follow that outline today and will continue to follow that outline in the future. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I do not have a problem with women not being able to give priesthood blessings, I am grateful to be the recipient of those blessings! We are equal in the sight of the Lord! Show more Show less