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Hi I'm Janika

I'm a college student who loves to sing, dance, and cook! (Usually at the same time). I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a nineteen year old college student studying Psychology. My dream is to be happily married to my sweetheart in the temple and become a mommy of lots of happy little babies. :) But I also really want to be a marriage counselor and stand as an advocate for strong and healthy relationships! My passions include musical theater and making yummy food. I can often be found singing and dancing around the kitchen creating some pretty fantastic concoctions. My family is very involved in the Deaf community and because of that, I am fairly fluent in ASL. I spent a year representing my city as their city princess and was able to be very involved in the community. I have been called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I am SO excited to be able to share the happiness that the gospel brings to me!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt God's love for me and for His gospel throughout my life, and I know it's what He wants for me. I have studied the Book of Mormon and prayed to know of it's truth, and I have received an answer. I know that it is the truest of all the books on this earth. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God's true restored gospel on the earth today. I know that Joseph Smith truly did see God our Father and his son, Jesus Christ. I know that our Elder brother, Jesus Christ, completed the Atonement so we could have peace and comfort in this life and be able to return to live with him again in the next. I am so very grateful for that. I know that we are never too far off the path to feel God's love. He loves each and every one of us SO much, so much more than we can ever comprehend. He'll always take us back when we have strayed. Whenever we have questions or need to feel of God's love, we can simply ask. That's all it takes. There have been so many times in my life when I have struggled and felt very alone. I prayed and was able to feel God's comfort; he knew exactly how I felt and he knew how to comfort me. This gospel means everything to me. It's often the only thing that keeps me going when times get hard. I love it with all my heart, and I love our Savior and his sacrifice for us.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a good example to those around me. I have served for many years in the youth groups of my church and also served in leadership positions with my seminary (religion) classes throughout high school. This past year I attended college and served others in my college ward in various ways. One of these was as a visiting teacher, where I was assigned other college students to visit every month to make sure they were doing okay and to share a spiritual message. I gained many friendships through this. All of these callings have been very beneficial to me and have helped me to grow closer to my Savior as I try my best to serve those around me.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is wonderful!! The reason God sent us here on Earth is to have joy and to learn. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we stay involved by attending church each Sunday and spending personal time in the scriptures and in prayer. These activities help us to have a closer relationship with our Savior, and bring an added measure of happiness in life. The church also focuses heavily on the importance of families and that happiness they can bring to life. I can testify that this is true; teaching and following the doctrines of the church in the family is so beneficial to everyone involved, and helps the whole family grow so much closer. I have felt so much joy in my own family as we are all involved in the gospel and working together to build a happy home! Show more Show less