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Hi I'm Janel Nelson

I'm a Mormon. I grew up on a farm in Idaho, come from a family of eight, a Mom of seven, and grandma of 21.

About Me

I enjoy being with my family, especially with my grand children. I really enjoy teaching them how to play tennis and spending one on one time with each of them. I have taught piano lessons, off and on for many years. I went back to college when my children were older and got a nursing degree. I worked in a family practice residency program and later was an IV nurse for arthritis patients. I have served two missions with my husband where I taught music to the members, so the little branches of the church in Brazil and Portugal, could sing the hymns of the church. I enjoy reading, gardening, canning, and sewing. Some of my friends and I have started a small group to recycle old things into new things. We call ourselves the BTB's (back to basic). We enjoy sharing ideas, visiting, talking about current events, and politics.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and was taught from a small child about the principles of the gospel. I gained my own testimony of the church when I was challenged as a youth, when I went to college, to pray and ask Heavenly Father if this church was true. After a special experience of the Spirit of the Holy Ghost I knew for myself that the church was true. Through out my life I have tried to live the teachings of the church which has blessed my life in many ways, thus strengthening my faith and belief. I have come to know that great peace comes, when living these principles. The programs of the church help strengthen my family and helps support what we teach at home to our children. I'm a Mormon because I know this church is true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life being an example of what I believe. Daily Scripture study and family prayer is a goal that I have that brings me peace, joy, and balance in my life. I have served in many positions in the church which has given me opportunity of leadership and really stretching my abilities at times. At present I serve as the music chairperson for our ward (what we call a small unit of the church) where I play the organ for the meetings, I also have been asked to train some of the youth to learn how to play the organ for the meetings. (next generation music position) I arrange for special musical numbers for our meetings, which gives individuals opportunities to use their talents. I also visit other women in the church on a monthly basis, we are called visiting teachers. I also work in the women's organization (called Relief Society) where we plan activities for the women of the church. These activities might be self-reliance activities, provident living, social, and spiritual evenings. I try to serve in my community in ways where I feel prompted to serve. Sometimes those activities are within my own family and also my church family. I love sharing how I feel about the church with others when I am asked about our religion.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Janel Nelson
As a parent I encouraged my boys to prepare for a mission as it is a suggested by the Prophet for all worthy young men to serve a mission. I saw my boys and one daughter grow in many ways because of serving a mission. The Prophet has called for retired senior couple to serve if possible. It was a wonderful experience to serve with my husband with a spiritual focus. No one is going to make you serve, but when you realize the blessings that come to you when serving others, the desire comes within. Show more Show less