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Hi I'm Janelle

I left a public relations career to start a family. My husband and I (married 14 years) have four children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a busy mom of four kids and have been married for 14 years. Some days, it seems the piles of laundry, the kids' homework, and the meals that need to get prepared will never end, so I try to find ways to make the tasks more enjoyable. One way that always helps is to see how I am contributing to the big picture. I am serving my family, helping my children learn and grow, making it possible for my husband and I to have quality time together. To make my tasks my enjoyable, I love listening to uplifting or energizing music while I work, ask my kids to read to me while I do dishes or fold laundry, or listen to books on tape while going about my day. In my precious free time, I enjoy spending time with my family in the great outdoors. Favorite summer time activities include hiking, water activities, and riding bikes. In the winter, we try and go skiing a few times, and my kids enjoy sledding.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was always taught the importance of finding out for myself whether the things that I had been brought up to believe were true. As I have studied and prayed about the doctrines of my faith, I have received assurances deep within my heart, that my beliefs are indeed true. I recognize these confirmations as coming to me through the power of the Holy Ghost. Through these experiences, I know with every fiber of my being that we come from a loving Heavenly Father and that he sent us his Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. I also know that after Jesus and his apostles died, there was a period of time when the fullness of the gospel fell away from the world. However, it was always in the plan for the gospel to be restored, at a time when it could spread throughout the world. This gospel, including The Book of Mormon, was restored through a young boy Joseph Smith, beginning in 1820, as he prayed to know which church to join. The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, have been a tremendous source of comfort and inspiration to me throughout my life. I especially love the account in the Book of Mormon when Jesus visits the people of the Americas, after his resurrection. I want others to have the opportunity to experience the same joy that I have experienced in embracing this gospel.

How I live my faith

Knowing that we all came from a Father in Heaven, and that in one sense, we are all brothers and sisters, changes how you treat others in this life. I can't go about my day without thinking of how my life impacts other people. Whether it is saying a kind word to the checker at the grocery store or taking time to help another person in need, these are all ways that I feel compelled to live, knowing that my journey on earth is about being self-less, as taught by Jesus Christ. Although I am far from perfect in always living how I know I should, it is something I will always strive to do. In our church, we are given various church assignments as well. Currently, I serve as a cub scout den leader and a visiting teacher. This is the first time I have been involved in scouts, and I have a lot to learn. But, I am excited to try and make a difference in the lives of the young boys. It will also be good preparation for me to help my own boys with their scouting. As a visiting teacher, I have an opportunity to watch over a few women in my congregation, and provide support if they are in need of anything. I, too, have been assigned visiting teachers to help me in my own times of need. Truly, this church promotes a circle of giving and receiving kindness.