2017 Fab 40: Janis Farnsworth Lindley


Age: 52
City: Orem

Casting call This self-proclaimed lifelong learner enables other women to receive an education while pursuing her own degree in human development and family studies. As scholarship chair of the UVU Women’s Success Advisory Board, Janis raises scholarship money for women attending UVU. She organized a luncheon hosted at doTERRA, where her husband is CFO, and raised over a quarter of a million dollars.

Encore When Janis lived in Shanghai for her husband’s work, her home doubled as the LDS Church meetinghouse. Every room transformed into a classroom for the 150 members who would attend the branch, and the swimming pool acted as the baptismal font.

Behind-the-scenes “I lived in Bolivia as a child due to my father’s job with US-AID, lived in Peru as an LDS missionary, lived in Hong Kong, Japan and China for my husband’s work, and lived in Australia where my husband served as mission president.”

Another encore “I would also love to relive the experience my husband and I had with our family as he served as the mission president in the Australia, Melbourne East Mission with our fabulous missionaries from 2007–10. As a mission president’s wife I was called and set apart as a full-time missionary and was also busy being a full-time mother. I enjoyed teaching people and helping others receive the saving ordinances of the gospel as well as caring for the missionaries and for our wonderful children. One of our daughters, attending BYU at the time, became engaged during this time. She and her fiancé were married in the Melbourne LDS Temple and we held a memorable wedding reception at the stake center in Melbourne with missionaries and members alike bringing along non-members to the reception and inviting them to have a chapel tour.”

No place like home “One of my favorite local spots the new Light of the World Garden display. Our family went twice during December to visit the Luminaria display at Christmastime just to experience the majestic sculptural collection depicting the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as well as the Fist Vision. It’s a spectacular display, combined with lighting coming from numerous lanterns as well as sacred music being played over speakers, all created for an uplifting and peaceful atmosphere that fills the soul with warmth, gratitude and love.” 

Meet all the members of the 2017 Fab 40 here.


Utah Valley is Lindsey's home away from her Colorado Springs home. She writes for Utah Valley Magazine, UtahValley360.com and Prosper Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @lindsey5brooke.

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