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Hi I'm Janelle

I'm a wife and mother with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I love boating, camping and listening to Disco. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis I was sad and overwhelmed. I asked God, "Why me?" He answered, "Why not you?" We all have struggles, it is part of life. Sometimes it is hard for me to buckle car seats and lift my children but having this illness has given me greater compassion for others and helped my children learn how to serve. We have been blessed with happiness despite my physical pain.  

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon. I owe all of my happiness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The doctrines of this church resonate with my soul as truth. I choose to be a Mormon because I believe That the Book of Mormon is scripture. I was born into the church but there was I time when I wanted to know for myself if what my parents and church leaders had been teaching me was true. When I was fourteen years old I started attending youth religious instruction before school. My freshman year we studied the Book of Mormon. During that year I read the Book of Mormon all the way through at night before I went to bed. I had felt the warm and peaceful feelings of the Holy Ghost during my class time but after finishing the Book of Mormon at home I prayed to God to know it was true. I remember a warm feeling that passed through my body and tears welled up in my eyes as I felt God's love wash over me. I knew that God had answered my prayer and gave me a witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I have relied on that witness ever since.

How I live my faith

There is no part of my life that is not impacted by my testimony of Jesus Christ and His church. When I wake up in the morning I pray to God for strength to raise my children well. We pray over meals and pray as a family before we go to bed. We read the scriptures as a family every night at the dinner table. I attend church with my family every Sunday and love, love, love my role at church as a teacher in our women's group. My husband shares the same belief system and we are partners in faith as we strive to love each other and our children. My husband and I attend the Temple and have been married there for time and all eternity to each other. We talk about God, our faith and the happiness the Church brings with everyone we meet. If there is one scripture that comes to mind on this subject it is one from the Book of Mormon found in Second Nephi chapter 25 verse 26. "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophesies that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins."    

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Janelle
I recently read an article online that explained why Mormons are considered a cult by other Christian religions. The author asserted that all religions that do not believe in the Nicene Creed and other creeds adopted by their faith are cults. It is true that Mormons believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are separate beings united in purpose. We believe that God the Father and Jesus Christ have bodies of flesh and bone and the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit. I love the doctrine of a Father in Heaven that has arms to hug me and ears to hear my prayers. I also believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, that He retrieved His own body from the tomb and He has the power to reunite my spirit with my body after death as well. I've always considered cults to be more radical in nature where adherents are kept within the faith against their will. This is NOT the case within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Having friends who have left the church, I know that people can decide they no longer believe in the doctrines and move on. We still love these friends and include them in all of our family engagements. While we are sad they have chosen a different lifestyle, we all agree that that choice was theirs to make.       Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Janelle
I had this exact question when I was a teenager growing up in the Church. I decided to research and ask God how He felt about women and girls inside and out of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I read all the scriptures that contained women and was introduced to great women like Esther and Mary. I also learned about the faithful women in the early days of our church who pioneered across this nation to settle the west. But no example could be more powerful than the women I knew in my congregation growing up. Watching them lead I came to understand that leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints was not gender specific. While pondering the example of these scriptural and modern women I remember setting my scriptures aside and kneeling beside my living room couch. I reached my heart out to God to ask Him what my role as a young woman could be in His kingdom. A warm feeling passed through my body and I felt waves of emotion pass over me. I felt the love of God and I knew that God loves His daughters as much as He loves his sons. Since that experience I have had many service opportunities in the church. I have always felt respected, valued and heard as a woman in this church, but especially by God because He saw fit to answer the prayer of a young girl in her living room all those years ago. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Janelle
Did you know that Mormons have assigned congregations? We are organized geographically into congregations called wards so we can worship with people in our own neighborhoods and towns. Wards typically have 200 - 500 people attending them including children. A stake is a group of 4 to 8 wards in the same geographical region. In areas where there are less members of our church people worship in branches, which function exactly like wards, but have smaller attendance. I recently moved to a new town. Prior to moving we called the leadership members in our new ward to let them know of our move-in date. The day I arrived I was greeted with fresh baked cookies from the Relief Society Presidency -women's group- and several men from our new congregation lent a hand offloading our moving truck. My new neighbors were pleasantly surprised by the amount of friendly traffic that beat a path to our door to welcome us. Within weeks I was a member of a book group, a park group and was in a car pool for drop off and pick up all because of my assigned congregation. Within a month both my husband and I had callings, or service opportunities, within the ward and felt very comfortable in our new surroundings. Wards facilitate a feeling of community within our Church.     Show more Show less