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Hi I'm Janelle

I'm a California-born Washington native. I even love the rain. I'm a wife, mother of five, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay-at-home mom who loves to read, craft, blog and sing. I enjoy running, drinking green smoothies, and making whole wheat bread. I have a larger-than-average family, with five children, ages 6, 4, 2 and 11 month-old twins. They (and their dad) are the joys of my life. They keep me on my toes, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, but I've had several personal experiences that have induced me to continue on the path my parents started me on. It has always been easy for me to grasp the concept that God loves all of His children, but in my teenage years, it was impressed upon me that God not only loves ALL of His children, but he loves EACH of His children, including me. I am an individual and He knows and loves me for who I am. That understanding made it natural for me to want to do His will, since He only wants what is best for me. The gospel taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me to know what God would have me do. It inspires me to be more like my Savior and to love and serve those around me.

How I live my faith

While I'm far from perfect, I strive to make living my faith more than a Sunday-only affair. Living my faith is a daily, even hourly endeavor. I daily try to be more like my Savior, striving to emulate his characteristics of patience, charity, kindness, humility and many others. Reading God's word in the Bible, as well as the Book of Mormon, help me to know Him so that I can better follow him. Prayer is a big part of living my faith as well. Communication with my Father in Heaven is crucial to my day. I regularly look for opportunities in my family, church congregation, and community to serve others and bring them closer to Christ. In the past I have worked with the youth of my congregation in several capacities, from Cub Scouts, to working with the teenage girls, to helping tend the 2-year-olds during Sunday School. I currently serve the women of the ward, helping coordinate visiting teaching efforts, pairing women up to visit with other women and help them feel loved and cared for.