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Hi I'm Janelle

I'm a student. I'm a teacher. I'm a sister. I'm a friend. I'm a missionary. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full-time college student studying to become an elementary school teacher. I absolutely love working with children and having the opportunity to be a positive influence in their lives. Some of my favorite things are sunsets, Disney princesses, and free food. Music is very important to me. I grew up in a home where we played music together often. I also love to Irish dance, which I started doing when I was 12. I love hiking and being outside to admire all of God's amazing creations. I grew up with four siblings, and they are my very best friends. There is nothing I enjoy more than spending time with them and with my wonderful parents. Very soon, I will be leaving on a mission to Ukraine. Someday I hope to be a wife and mother. I look forward to all that's in store for me as I serve my mission, finish school, and start my own family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family, so I have known about Jesus Christ's gospel my whole life, but I still had to find out if it was true for myself. When I was in middle school, I began reading and studying the Book of Mormon for myself. I stopped just assuming that everything my parents believed was true, and started knowing for myself. It has been a gradual process, but now I have a testimony that the Book of Mormon really is the word of God, because I have prayed about it and my prayers have been answered. I feel so happy when I read it, and I have found so many answers to my questions by studying it. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that he translated it by the power of God. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is His true church restored upon the earth. Nothing else has brought me so much happiness or hope. I love my Savior very much, and that's why I continue to be a member of His church, and that's why I want to serve a mission.

How I live my faith

As I am getting ready to leave on my mission, I do not have a formal assignment in the ward that I attend with my family, but I still try my best to help my neighbors and friends the best that I can. I attend our meetings every Sunday. I have taught a class to the youth when their teacher was on a trip. I help families by watching their children for them. I was able to volunteer to do yard work on the grounds of our temple. I look for ways to serve my family and bring us closer together.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No one is required to serve a mission, but sharing the gospel is an important part of our religion. Not too long ago, the prophet Thomas S. Monson made the announcement that young women now have the option of serving when they are 19 instead of 21. When I heard this announcement, I shouted for joy! To me, serving a mission is a privilege, because I can share my Savior's love with others. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Where ever I go, I look for what I call the "tender mercies" of God. Sometimes when I am having a hard day, I will be walking home and there will be a beautiful sunset, and I know that God is telling me that He loves me. Sometimes the tender mercy comes through another person telling me exactly what I needed to hear, serving me, or even just smiling at the right time. Sometimes it's a feeling I get when I read my scriptures or pray. That's how I know He is real. There are too many tender mercies to call them coincidences. Show more Show less