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Hi I'm Jan

I'm a Mormon. I am an artist.

About Me

I am a single college student. I am an art major with an emphasis in painting. I love all the arts including singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, graphic design. I love being active and playing sports such as ultimate frisbee, and walleyball.

Why I am a Mormon

My search to find faith came at an early age in my life. My parents are also members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I wanted to know for myself whether the things they were teaching me were true. I began reading the Book of Mormon when I was 11. I read through the whole book sincerely wanting to know whether the book is true. At the end of the book one of the authors Moroni gives you a promise that if you read these things and then ask God whether they are true that He will give you an answer. I decided to take that challenge. After I prayed and communed with my Heavenly Father about whether the Book of Mormon was true I didn't really feel anything special. I didn't feel that I had received an answer to my prayer. So I decided that I would try again. I read through the Book of Mormon for the second time and again asked God whether or not it was true. Again, just like previously I didn't feel I received an answer one way or the other. Being a stubborn person, I read it for the third time. While I was reading it for the third time I was also reading another book. In that book the character Joshua was having the same difficulty I was having; not feeling like he had received an answer to his prayer. He was told that he already knew it was true-he just had to act on that and that Heavenly Father would confirm that truth to his heart. As I sat pondering his story it hit me in my heart that I was like this character in the book. I knew that the Book of Mormon was the word of God and that it testifies of our Savior Jesus Christ, and I always knew this to be true. When I had this thought an overwhelming feeling came into my heart confirming what I knew to be true. Every time I read the Book of Mormon I feel closer to my Savior. I know it to be the word of God, and because I know this to be true I know that Joseph Smith has to be a prophet inspired by God to discover and translate that book. Because Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ restored in it's fulness to the earth, and that if I live the principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I will be able to live forever with my Heavenly Father and my family which is my ultimate goal.

How I live my faith

Being a member fills me with such happiness as I serve in the church. I love the scripture in the Book of Mormon that states, "For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?" It has been my privilege to serve the Lord. Currently I serve Him by attending church. I also am a member of the Relief Society which is a women's organization designed to give service. As part of that organization I serve by conducting the music for the meetings every week. I also have a group of sisters that I visit teach. It is a great strength to have great women who help and lift each other through our day to day rigor of college life.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Jan
One of my favorite doctrines is that a husband and wife can live together forever, and that families can be together forever. While I was serving a mission for the church my older sister Joy was married and sealed in the temple to her husband for time and all eternity. Less than 5 months after they were married he passed away with cancer. I felt devastated for her. My brother-in-law Eric was just like a real brother to me. He was a good friend. He gave me help when I needed it most. During this time of great distress I also had an overwhelming feeling of comfort come over me confirming to my heart what I knew to be true. That a family can be together forever, and that relationships don't have to end here in this life. If you live the ordinances and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and are sealed in the temple you will be able to be with your family forever which is one of the greatest blessings you can receive. I know that we will see Eric again, and that he will always be my brother. Show more Show less