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Hi I'm Janelle

I am from California. I am a college student and a future teacher. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student, and am studying to be a math teacher. I play the piano and I love singing. I have three brothers, all of whom I adore. I love to style and cut hair, read books, and blog. I served a full-time mission in St George, Utah and I loved every minute of it!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this is the only church that contains the fullness of the Gospel that Christ taught when He was on the Earth. I have read all of the Standard Works (The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and both the New and Old Testaments of the Bible), and have felt my Heavenly Father's Spirit confirming to me that what I read is true. I love the peace and the happiness that the Gospel brings to my life. I can imagine no greater happiness than to be, like Lehi said, “encircled about eternally in the arms of his love” (2nd Nephi 1:15). It brings me so much joy and comfort to know that because Christ loved me and cared about me so much, He was willing to suffer for my sins and mistakes so that I can live with Him again someday. I am forever indebted to Christ, who is not only my Savior, but the Savior of all mankind. He has comforted me in times that I have struggled, and strengthened me when I have felt the most weak. To most people, I am just a girl. But through Christ, I can be a righteous daughter of God, Heiress to eternal life and never-ending happiness in the kingdom of my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I believe that when a person truly has faith in Jesus Christ, it will show in the way that they live their lives. Faith in Him brings a desire to be more like Him, so we strive to do the things that He did throughout his life. When we have faith in Him, we find happiness in serving and blessing the lives of others, and we come to feel a sincere love for each of our Heavenly Father's children.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Christ gave what the Nephite missionary, Amulek, described as an "infinite and eternal sacrifice" (Alma 34:10). This was only possible because He was without sin for His entire mortal existance. Because He had no sins of His own for which to suffer, His suffering, done willingly and without complaint, would therefore atone for the sins of others. Alma 34:15 relates, "And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance." God is a perfect God. Thus, He had to satisfy to perfection both the demands of justice and the demands of mercy. This meant that we would have to pay for the sins that we commit; we would have to be brought to a perfect comprehension of the wrongfulness of them, and thus suffer for it, as described in Mosiah 2:38 which reads, "Therefore if that man repenteth not, and remaineth and dieth an enemy to God, the demands of divine justice do awaken his immortal soul to a lively sense of his own guilt, which doth cause him to shrink from the presence of the Lord, and doth fill his breast with guilt, and pain, and anguish, which is like an unquenchable fire, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever." However, God knew that this would not allow perfect mercy to be satisfied. Thus, the plan was brought forth that Christ would come to the Earth, and live a perfect life, becoming the only person to ever exist upon the face of the Earth who could fulfill an Atonement for the sins of mankind. Only then could mercy be extended to us, that we may be able to return to live with our Father in Heaven. Mosiah 3:17 reads, "And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent." Only through Christ can we be blessed with our eternal salvation, with the conditions of repentance and accepting the Savior's Atonement into our lives. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

There is an old phrase that says, "Love the sinner, hate the sin." We are all children of God, including those who identify themselves as being "homosexual." These people are not evil, but the temptations that they submit themselves to are not right in the sight of God. God instituted marriage as being between a man and a woman, as seen in the first example of marriage: Adam and Eve. Men and women are idealistically each other's perfect counterparts physically, emotionally, and in so many other ways. We believe that marriage is a sacred union, and that it should only be between a man and a woman, as God intended it to be. Show more Show less