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Hi I'm Janelle.

I'm a graduate student. I love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate student studying speech-language pathology at Brigham Young University. Graduate school has been the most difficult experience of my life, but it has also been the most rewarding. Education is a large part of who I am, how I progress, and how I share my talents with others. My parents taught me to always do my best in whatever I pursue, and they raised me and my four siblings in an environment where we could be supported in reaching our potential. As part of my BYU experience, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Great Britain. Our group traveled to Ireland, the UK, and France. This experience helped me to appreciate other lifestyles and cultures. I also enjoy photography, cooking, and playing ultimate frisbee.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon has been my foundation in life ever since I was born. I was raised in a Mormon home, and taught from a young age the principles of faith, eternal families, prayer, and selfless service. Because I was blessed to be raised in a loving and supportive home, these principles of the gospel have always felt good and natural to me. I could see the evidence that what the gospel teaches results in happy families and strong individuals. Although I had this foundation, I have still had to get through challenging times and make hard decisions. I still had to decide for myself whether or not the gospel was true. I had to feel for myself that God knows who I am, and that He cares about me personally. Yet, as I have followed the path of the gospel, I have seen that it makes me into the best possible person I can be. Being a Mormon provides me with direction, purpose, and peace in life. I know that if I stay strong in my faith and live what I know to be true that I will be happy and guided for the rest of my life, no matter what hard times may come my way.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by strengthening my faith every day. I do this by acknowledging when Heavenly Father has answered simple prayers or blessed me in unexpected ways. I've seen how the Lord is personally invested in my life by providing me with the help and love I need, just when I need it. When I do recognize these blessings, I write them down in my journal or share them with friends and family. As I look to see God's hand in my life, and then share that with others, my faith is strengthened. I believe strongly that God blesses us through other people, and so I do my best to always be kind and encouraging to the people in my sphere of influence. Another opportunity I have is to teach a class of women in my ward on Sundays. As I prepare my lessons, I take time throughout the week to study the lesson outline, read scriptures and other church materials, and pray to know how I should direct my lesson. Even though it takes some courage to get in front of a group and teach, I love being able to share my testimony and help encourage the other women to live the gospel more faithfully. I feel that I gain so much more as the teacher, as I have the chance to dig deeper into my study of the gospel.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

At times it may seem difficult to know God when we cannot see Him or speak to Him face to face. However, God is truly the Father of our spirits, and He invites us to develop a personal relationship with Him. If we come to know and love Heavenly Father, we will learn to trust Him, and have faith in His promises. The simplest way to better know Heavenly Father is to pray to Him. When we ask to feel His love for us, He will answer us through the comfort and peace of the Holy Ghost. We can also turn to the scriptures, where God speaks to His children through His Son, Jesus Christ. The scriptures can teach us about God's loving, merciful nature and how He promises blessings when we are obedient to His commandments. Last, we can come to know our Heavenly Father by keeping the commandments, and then seeing the blessings and love we receive from Him. As we try to be like Him, the Holy Ghost will assure us that Heavenly Father loves us and is grateful for our desire to draw closer to Him. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Each person can come to know for themselves that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. A testimony is a personal witness that comes from the Holy Ghost, and teaches a person that God our Heavenly Father lives and Jesus Christ is His Son. It also includes knowledge that Christ atoned for us, that Joseph Smith restored Christ's church to the earth, and that we continue to be led by a living prophet. A testimony usually develops little by little through faith, study, and prayer. Show more Show less