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Hi I'm Jorelle

I'm a small town girl, in a big city and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a small town girl. I love rodeo's, haystacks, huckleberries, and potatoes. Three years ago, we moved to Seattle. I now also love; rain, Forks, the Space Needle, and Pike's Place Market. Moving away from home, family, and the vast blue Idahoan sky, has been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Our business in Idaho struggled as the economy dipped into recession and we were offered a job in the beautiful pacific northwest. We left everything we knew, I was 8 months pregnant with our 3rd child and first girl, and we spent everyday indoors while my husband was at work. I was scared at first, i knew no one, and our neighborhood was constantly on the news for gang violence. That's when I met Genny. She grew up in LA, studied abroad, served a mission in Russia, and was not afraid to say hi. We became friends, great friends, and we now call each other Seattle sisters. I had found family once again. She's half Korean, she taught me to make Sushi, I taught her to make mashed potatoes (way to go Idaho!) My husband and I have struggled with employment, finances, and raising kids. We have had very hard stressful times, but we have learned to rely on each other. I realized that it didn't matter how hard of a time we were having, we would get through it. Looking back I see a life strengthened. I know we can get through anything, as long as we are together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born mormon, I was raised mormon. I was converted as a mormon in College. I was struggling with the pressures and life altering choices of a typical 19 yr. old. I was trying to figure out what to study, who to date, and what I wanted out of life. I remember thinking of the time when I was happiest, and I remembered the way I felt when I was younger, at church with the other girls my age. I had purpose, I knew God had a plan for me, and I knew I had to make good choices to be happy. That was a turning point in my life. I knew I wanted to be happy. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ has given me hope, faith, happiness, and a beautiful family. Being Mormon is who I am.

How I live my faith

" Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.'' Winston Churchill. I Live my Faith by never giving up. I work really hard trying to be a good example to my children. I play the piano, rather poorly, at church. I always hit the wrong note in the critical part of the song. Most of the time I just want to get up and leave right then and there, but I have stuck with it and have become a better piano player. I ran a relay and a 1/2 marathon this past year in our community, and in moments of self doubt, exhaustion, and second thoughts, I pushed through and completed, something I thought to be impossible. I live my faith by trying to be a friend. To anyone who needs a friend. They don't have to be a mormon for us to be friends. I live my Faith by trying to better myself. Whether it's trying to be a better person, or trying to learn to do something better. This past year I started taking violin lessons, I always wanted to learn when I was younger. I was awful the first couple of lessons, and I thought I am too old to learn. I stuck with it and eventually I could squeak out twinkle, twinkle little star. I'm still not a joy to listen to, but I listen to the joy I feel through accomplishing small and simple things!

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Christ taught us to turn the other cheek. To always love one another. My husband and I both strive to serve each other, to help lighten the load, and to bear each other's burdens. We can do that as friends, family, parents, whatever relationship we find ourselves in. I was once told, that "Tennis is like life, the only way to win is to serve." Serve each other. Show more Show less