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Hi I'm Janice

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have raised 5 children and have 5 grandchildren. I have played the violin for 52 years.

About Me

My family has been in the church for 5 generations. My parents were musicians, and I was fortunate to become a musician as well. I have played the violin for 52 years, and learned to play the piano by watching my mother teach others piano lessons. I gained my testimony by learning the hymns of the church. I love the messages each hymn has to offer. I was a stay at home mom, and did not do a lot of teaching while I had young ones at home, but as they got older, I started teaching in earnest. I find teaching music very fulfilling as I watch my students progress. My children mean everything to me. All of them are grown up now. Our youngest, a daughter, is serving a mission now. We have two sons who also served missions. We have been blessed by their service. We have 2 daughters as well, who didn't serve missions, but we are equally as proud of them. I have 5 grandchildren and we are hoping for more in the future. Grandchildren are the greatest blessing of all. I love to read mysteries, historical novels, legal stories, and I'm currently reading a new fairy tale. I love my Kindle. I like to quilt, crochet, garden, and I'm learning to like to walk again. I am really into healthy eating, and my husband & I are enjoying the fruits of his labors in the garden this year. I have had fibromyalgia for 23 years. This has been a real trial for me. Now arthritis has settled into my spine. It has slowed me down, but not stopped me.

Why I am a Mormon

The first reason I am a Mormon is because I was born into a Mormon family in Salt Lake City, Utah, where church headquarters is. I had so many opportunities to participate in church related activities that were inspiring and it was not uncommon when I was young to see the church leaders on the street. I gained my testimony as a youth, probably about 10 or 11 years old. I would sit at the piano and play the melody line of the hymns and sing the words to them. I would find myself in tears many times, and at some point I realized that in my heart I really felt that The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints was true. That was just the beginning. I had challenges as I went through my teenage years, and even other times in my life when I have questioned that testimony. We all go through hard times, and wonder about life. The last 18 years have been the most difficult years of my life. The challenges seemed endless, and when my husband and I didn't have anywhere to turn, we knew we could turn to the Lord. I know that the Savior loves us and understands us. When we lost everything, we moved to a new area and a new congregation. There were people there with open arms, who loved us. We had a Bishop who gave us advise and assistance in a loving way. We found healing there. I am a Mormon because I know that this church was restored and is the same church that Jesus started when he was on the earth. I am a Mormon because I have felt in my mind and heart that it is the true church of Jesus Christ. In a world of chaos and confusion, this is the one constant and safe place I can go to each week and find solace to my soul. It doesn't matter where I go in the world the church is always the same. The doctrine is the same, the lesson manuals are the same, the program is the same. The sacrament is always the most sacred part of our meetings. It reminds us of the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Of this I testify, in His name.

How I live my faith

I love the Book of Mormon. I don't know how many times I have read it because I have lost count. But each time I start again, I love the teachings of the prophets more, and mourn the loss of life as wickedness leads to war. I begin each day with the Book of Mormon. My husband and I are Cub Scout Den Leaders. The boys we work with are 8 years old and they are in the Wolf Den. We do all kinds of activities with them every Tuesday 3 weeks out of the month and then we have a Pack Meeting where they receive awards for the activities we have done during the month. Our church actively endorses the principles the Boy Scouts of America teaches, and so this is part of our church and community service. The boys in our congregation come to our Cub Scouts, and they are welcome to invite friends not of our faith to join our Cub Scout organization. It is fun and also a lot of work. My husband is a natural Cub Scout leader. I'm still learning. I visit 3 women in my congregation each month and give them a short uplifting message, and then we visit and talk about what ever they want or need to discuss with someone, and enjoy each others company. This is a great way to get to know each other, and to help meet each others needs. Over the last 40 years I have spent many years working with young children at church in their own age appropriate teachings of Jesus Christ. I loved learning again the stories of Jesus as I taught the young children from age 3-11. I also spent several years working with the girls ages 12-18. Once again we have special lessons for them that are age appropriate. I loved teaching them and watching them grow up with the understanding that they are daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves them, and giving them important values to help guide their lives. I also served as a teacher in the meeting designed for women 18-100. I have been able to share my music abilities on the piano many times, and have played my violin at church meetings.