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Hi I'm Janelle

I'm a Spanish teacher. I have a knack for writing songs on the guitar. I'm a devoted aunt and sister. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a deep love of language and its expression. I teach 4th and 5th grade Spanish at a local private school. "Muy bien" is my most quotable catch phrase. Aside from work, the other ways that I embrace language are through writing songs on the guitar, by actively participating in book clubs, and by trying my hand at writing young adult novels. I have 19 nieces and nephews to date. It's like having a massive fan club. Nothing like getting cards that express "I want to be just like you" to give you a little boost. Being an admired aunt is really easy to do when you generously share candy.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people assume that I'm a mormon because my parents were. Admittedly, I'll have to give them proper credit for raising me in such a loving home where we actively practiced the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ, however, my personal testimony is one that I acquired just that way--personally. When I was 14, I attended a church program called Especially For Youth. While there, I was able to make some good friends, and hear some remarkable speakers. I knew I felt the spirit, but I could not testify with certainty as others could regarding the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I hadn't read it completely and so felt limited in my belief. But I did want to know if it was true. I made a goal to read the entire book myself. When I was 16, I finished the Book of Mormon and knelt in prayer one evening to ask if it was true. The impression I got was that I already knew it was true. This belief confirmed what I had already felt to be true. Since that time, I have had additional spiritual experiences that have deepened my understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that prayers work. I know that God hears us and loves us enough to answer us--though not always with the timing that we would prefer. I've learned that part of trusting God is being patient with Him. All the good things that have come to my life I can trace back to a choice I made to follow the teachings of the Savior. I live where I do because I followed a spiritual prompting to move here, I have the expertise to work where I do because I acquired language skills while serving as a missionary in Spain, and I am surrounded by the loving friends that I have because we met through church attendance and a common desire to deepen our love and understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I attend church on a weekly basis. I think it always surprises people not of my faith when they discover that church attendance involves three hours of meetings. But what can I say? I'm spiritually needy. I get a lot out of it. In my ward, I am part of what I like to term the "beautification of the building" committee. Really, I just make sure that chairs and hymn books are put away and that trashes are disposed of properly. It's not a very big responsibility, but it's helped me to appreciate what a luxury it is to have a nice building to meet in each week.