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Hi I'm Janelle

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Provo, Utah. I'm a stay-at-home mom and grandma as well as a part-time university student.

About Me

I've been married 34 years during which time we raised our four children, who will soon have borne twelve grandchildren. I chose to be a stay-at-home mom when my husband graduated from college and our second child was born. At first it was difficult to give up my job, but I soon realized there is nothing more significant than to take the hand of God and create a person and then to nurture, teach, love, and try to mold their character. Working for success in that demanding endeavor has, I hope, molded my own character in important ways. Even though our budget has been tight over the years because I chose to stay at home, that, in itself, has been a valuable learning experience. So, being a homemaker and mother has been my number one focus and hobby, and I wouldn't make a different choice if I had to do it all again. I love having an orderly house (even though I don't always love cleaning), and I love serving and eating good food (even though I don't always love cooking). So, I clean and cook to make myself and my family happy. I enjoy old black and white movies because they are generally clean. I like to learn, so I have gone back to school part-time to finish my degree. I'm definitely out of my comfort zone at the university, but I want to get a degree that might help me serve in my community, perhaps as a volunteer. I also spend many hours a week helping to care for my frail father and my mother, who has Alzheimer's. It's both heart-wrenching and fulfilling.

Why I am a Mormon

First, I am a Mormon because I was born a Mormon. My parents were faithful Latter-day Saints their whole lives. However, there comes a time when every person needs to choose for themselves what they will believe--what path they will follow. Each of us must find the way that our own hearts and minds tell us is correct. Through scripture study, through prayer, and through living the gospel of Jesus Christ as Mormons view it and teach it, I have had unmistakable assurances from the Holy Spirit that I am on the right path--that this gospel is true. So many blessings are available to me through this church. I am able to make covenants and receive ordinances that help me progress and that empower me to become all I can become, both here and hereafter. I have often felt like the psalmist--that the Lord is my Shepherd, and I shall not want. My cup runneth over with gospel blessings, and there's nothing more I need. Even when my trials loom largely, I find comfort and peace knowing I am in the right place.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each hour of the day by considering what Jesus would do if He were here and then trying to do it. Thankfully, I have the example of my parents, particularly my angel mother, who showed me the Christlike way. I am presently the secretary of our congregation's women's organization, so I spend a few hours a week keeping records up to date and summarizing our weekly gospel lessons for the women who are shut ins. I send those out by email. I sometimes send out Google documents to get church volunteers to sign up to help serve when it is needed in our neighborhood. I attend the temple as often as I can and participate in the ordinances there on behalf of deceased people, who can then choose whether or not to accept those ordinances that will help them progress spiritually on the other side of the veil. I study my scriptures every morning at 6:00 a.m., typically between a half hour to an hour. I LOVE the scriptures. I love the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and other scriptures that teach of Christ and show me the way back to my Father in Heaven. I love the language of the scriptures, and I love the beauty and depth of the principles taught. If there is one single thing in my life that has strengthened my faith in Jesus Christ and my conversion to His gospel more than anything else, it is scripture study. Something else that has brought me closer to my Father in Heaven is daily prayer--morning and night and in between as needed. My best prayers are the ones that I offer vocally in private. They are more sincere and more focused than prayers I say in my head, and I recommend them! I do not follow Jesus perfectly because of my fallen, mortal condition, but I try. And when I fail, I try again. That's the best I can do, and it's all I need to do because of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that through His merits, mercy, and grace, I can be saved if I accept His gift by how I live my life.