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Hi I'm Janell

I am a family history buff. I enjoy finding, preserving, and sharing family history. I love being a Mormon!

About Me

I am a six-generation Mormon; the tenth of eleven children; and have four children and ten grandchildren. I live in an area of Missouri which is rich in church history. It is fun to visit places where my ancestors once lived. It has been an amazing surprise to discover family connections with some of the people who live here now. I have come to realize we are more closely linked to each other than I first thought. I have been busy digitizing five generations of family history.

Why I am a Mormon

I continue to follow the restored gospel of Jesus Christ because of the happy, sweet, peaceful feelings that I have received - even in challenging times. I am thankful for pioneer ancestors that have sacrificed for me to be able to enjoy the rich blessings of the gospel. I love my family and am happy that we can be together forever! I love how the gospel teaches us how to have a personal relationship with our Father in Heaven. It also teaches us about the plan of happiness and the role of our Savior Jesus Christ in that plan. This brings me peace and comfort. I am so happy that the fullness of the living gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored, and is on the earth again today.

How I live my faith

I have enjoyed helping with county historical society members' projects, including: headstone probing, county poor farm research, photography, preliminary research of possible burial ground, and uploading information to the internet for public access. I also have enjoyed volunteering at the county public library helping senior citizens with their family history research. I also have helped members of my church with their family history internet research. I have been a "Navigating Ancestry.com" volunteer presenter at the KCGenealogy Conference. I also serve in the church on Sundays as an assistant nursery leader (six active boys, ages 18 months to 3 years). In the women's organization, I teach one gospel lesson a month. I 'visit teach' four women each month - check to see how they're doing, and give them a short gospel message.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jesus Christ taught the need for everyone to be baptized in order to enter his kingdom. Many people have lived on the earth who have not had an opportunity to hear the gospel and be baptized. Because God loves all his children, he has mercifully prepared a way for deceased ancestors and their families who have not been baptized to have that ordinance performed in temples by proxy for them. This ordinance is offered to individuals in the next life and they can either choose to accept of decline this blessing that has been done in their behalf. Show more Show less