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Hi I'm Pamela Janelle

About Me

Aside from being a mother and a wife, I am also a published children's book illustrator and enjoy being an art director for a local non-profit organization who provides services for women and families struggling with depression and other mental and health challenges. I also enjoy developing life skills and healing arts programs for children with special needs.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in all the values, standards, and principles taught. They are the very same as what Jesus Christ teaches. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon, have prayed with sincerity, and have had a beautiful burning with in my heart testifying to me that it is indeed true. This ancient record of Christ is so inspiring. I love reading experiences of courage and faith that the people living upon this continent once had, the sacrifices they made, and the love and determination they had to serve Jesus Christ. I love the confirmation it gives to me that Christ personally touched the lives of people in other nations, and how His gospel is the same -everywhere. I love having both the Bible and the Book of Mormon there to strengthen my testimony of Jesus Christ. I love how they testify of each others truthfulness. I am also Mormon because I believe in eternal marriage and family and that we are "literally" daughter's and son's of God, who knows each of us personally. He loves us, and knows the potential we have to learn and grow and become as He is. There are many other reasons I am a Mormon, but I think those are the things that mean the most to me.

How I live my faith

I srtongly believe in the principles of Faith, Hope and Charity. I try my best to live my life in accordance with these values. I am not at all perfect, and I often make poor choices that require me to repent. I am so thankful to have a Savior who is willing to forgive me! I enjoy being anxiously engaged in good causes that bring people of all abilities, ages and cultures together. I also have a love for early childhood education, literature and art. I sincerely believe that everyone has potential beyond their own comprehension, and I seek to help others discover it. I choose to devote so many hours to service because of the love I have for people and the hapiness and sense of gratitude for my own blessings it brings. I also devote alot of my time to my family. The secrets that make and keep my, and other faithful Mormon so families strong, I believe, is found in the amount of quality spiritual time we spend together. Quality meaning.. the prayers we share, the scriptures we ponder, the wholesome activities we participate together in, the positive and encouraging words we say to each other and in the service we go out do together. I also devote much of my life to serving in the church. No one in the Mormon church is paid for service. I, and most others, do it because we want to and not out of obligation The first opportunity I recieved to serve in the church was as a nursery leader where I asssisted families by providing childcare and gospel based activities during church meetings. Since that time I have also been called to serve as a Compassionate Service teacher, Relief Society president a leader of a women's charity organization within the church, Primary teacher teaching children the gospel in a classroom setting, Acheivement Days leader a goal setting program for young girls, Ward activities leader planning wholesome family activities where both church members and non-church members are invited to attend. I currently serve as a councilor in the Primary organization. A position where I get to share the gospel with young children each Sunday and plan wholsome activities that will provide them with oppportunities to develop strong morals and encourage self-esteem. I also serve as a visiting teacher. This program allows me and an assigned companion to visit other women in the church and share a brief spiritual message with them on a monthly basis. We also are there to assist any time these women need a listening ear or other kinds of personal assistance.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Pamela Janelle
No. There was a short period of time in the early history of the Church, however, in which men were given devine instruction by God through the prophet to take upon themselves additional women as wives. This practice was later abolished when the prophet recieved revelation that it was no longer required. Anyone who continues such practices can not have membership in this church. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Pamela Janelle
Our lifestyle is often called peculiar or strange, because of the high standards in which we try so hard to live by. Many find it very unusual and taboo that, typically, our appearance and dress is very plain and modest and that we do not ingage in sexual relationships until after marriage and that we dedicate so much of our time to unpaid service -both in church and in community, and that many of us live by a strict code of health in which we don't consume alcohol, caffenated beverages, or any other substances that may be addictive or harmful for our bodies. Why did we set such high standards? The simple answer is that "we" didn't. We believe that "Jesus Christ" set the standard, and that His moral values never change, so ours shouldn't either. Mormons believe in "literally" following the example of Jesus Christ. It is one that teaches us to dedicate our lives to living the principles of "faith", "hope" and "charity". In The Book of Mormon, there is a scripture that says: "And charity suffereth long and is kind, and envieth not,and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." Moroni 7:45 We believe in being "honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men". If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or praiseworthy.. we seek after those things. I know that there are members of our church who choose to not live after the pattern the Lord has set. That is their agency. We encourage all people to veiw our church according to the perfect gospel message -not according to imperfect examples of those who are not following it. Show more Show less