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Hi I'm Jana

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother, daughter, sister, & friend. I love my family with all of my heart. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a military family and moved frequently. I am the second oldest child in my family, with 2 brothers, 2 half brothers, and 1 step-sister. My parents divorced when I was 12 and both have remarried. I married an amazing man at 19, adopted a 16 year old girl from Russia when I was only 29, and I am now raising her 4 year old daughter. I am blessed to be a stay-at-home grandma and love being with my sweet little girl.

Why I am a Mormon

After my parents divorced, I was a hurt, angry, & lost teenager. I gravitated toward chaos while in high school and was on a path to self destruction by the time I graduated. Late one night, after an evening of partying, I was at a local grocery store and met a young man who was working there, stalking shelves. He was just too darling, so I boldly asked him out (I had been partying all night, so I was a bit more assertive than usual). He agreed to go bowling with me the next day. As I left the store, a girl that I knew who worked there told me that this boy had just returned from a Mormon mission. My family had been active in the mormon church when I was a child, but I hadn't been to church in years and wasn't looking to go back. I decided that I would still go out with this cute grocery stalker, but I would shock him by being exactly what I was sure would scare a returned missionary away. When he came to pick me up for our date, I opened the door with a cigarette in one hand, a rum & coke in the other, and the shortest mini skirt I could find on. I honestly thought that he would take one look at me and make an excuse for not being able to go out. However, although I could tell that he was taken back by my appearance, he took me bowling and was funny, interesting, and a total gentleman during our date. We ended up at a local late night restaurant at 2 in the morning. We were seated in the smoking section (this was in 1992, when smoking sections still existed) and were running out of things to talk about. As I puffed away on my cigarette, I noticed that this young man's expression had changed. He looked at me and simply said, "I just feel like I have to tell you how much your Father in Heaven and Savior love you". At that moment, I felt a warmth wash over me that felt familiar and comforting. I knew that I was feeling the Holy Ghost, and I knew that he was telling me the truth. That moment of "warmth" changed my life forever & I am so grateful!

How I live my faith

I love being a Mormon and I love the opportunities that I get to serve, grow, and learn by being involved in the church. I have spent many years working with the youth of the church, as a Young Women President (which is a leader for the girls ages 12-18) and an early morning seminary teacher (a scripture study class for high school kids that met at 5:20 am Monday-Friday). I have been blessed to serve in many capacities; from working with the nursery age children (ages 18 months - 3) all the way to teaching the adult women on Sunday. Because of the many chances to serve that the church has given me, I have been able to develop talents that I never knew I had. I have also been able to meet and love many people who have changed my life and taught me how to be a better follower of Christ.