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Hi I'm Jenelle

I'm a dabbler... a balloon twister, a 5sec. SYTYCD star, an Ewok lover, an aspiring Wonder Woman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

If I were to describe myself I guess I would say I'm a dabbler. From painting to softball I love to take life by storm. As a child I grew up on stage. I come from a family of puppeteers, 4 generations now. My grandma created a new form of puppetry we call Performance Puppetry, where we sing and dance with the puppets. I remember my friends all watching Sesame Street, I lived it. I even got to take clowning classes. It's always an interesting conversation when people ask me about myself or my family..."well let's see we have magicians, jugglers, puppeteers, balloon twisters, clowns, ventriloquists, dancers, singers and a ferris wheel in our backyard. You?" But I love it. My big moment of fame was my 5 sec. spot on "So You Think You Can Dance" when my 6ft puppet Fred and I ballroom dance for the judges. I am the oldest of 10 kids, not married myself I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my nephews, nieces, and my fluffy dog Ewok. After college and serving a mission in Hungary, I worked many years for the Anasazi Foundation. I would go out to the wilderness to help youth and families have a New Beginning and "walk as WE". As rewarding as seeing lives change was, one can only spend so long living in the desert before you start missing a toilet. In the city, people would never guess I've gone 5 weeks without a shower but that's me a dabbler, an elegant ballroom dancer with a wild wilderness girl side.

Why I am a Mormon

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wonder, how in the world am I going to make it? I think all of us have, it's part of being human. Life happens and as it does it's our faith that gives us the courage to stand up and move forward no matter how steep the climb. Why am I a Mormon? It's simple really, because being a follower of Christ makes me happy. I feel happy when I live by the standards the Lord has set forth, they may seem odd to some but for me they give me freedom and peace. I feel happy when I am gathered around other people trying to live as Christ taught, especially as we serve together. I feel happy when my family prays together. I feel happy when I read from the Holy Bible and Book of Mormon because I feel close to the Savior. So I guess what I'm saying is on this journey of life, if we have to climb the mountain anyways I choose to do it happy, singing praises as I go. For I know my Savior, Jesus Christ lives. And it is with Him and through Him I will make it to the top.

How I live my faith

I love to work with the youth and be out in God's creation. In our church we are given many opportunities to serve, I say serve because it is volunteer. We have an amazing woman's organization that I love to participate in, whether it's making humanitarian packets to send far away or visiting with neighbor I enjoy being part of such a network of sisters that not only reach out to one another but to all. I currently am a den leader with the Cub scouts and am loving it. I get to work with the boys who turn 8 years old and introduce them to scouting. It is so fun. I also have the opportunity to teach early morning seminary on a neighboring reservation. Every morning a handful of high school students and I gather in a revamped construction trailer to study from the scriptures. This year we are studying the Old Testament. What a great book! There are so many incredible and inspiring stories. Just a few weeks ago we all made slings and flung marshmallows at out figurative Goliaths. It's so fun to see the scriptures come to life!