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Hi I'm Janelle

I love to travel and learn about other cultures. I am preparing to serve a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a people-person to the max! I love serving others and talking to other people about their lives. It is very important to me to spend time with others. It lifts my spirits, and I try to lift others'. I am an avid reader, a pianist, and a piano teacher. I also love to cook and bake, and spend lots of time talking with my family and friends. I am serving as a missionary in the Utah, Logan mission! It is the most fulfilling and beautiful calling I have ever had. Learning to love people you don't know and watching people change their lives changes you so much. I am technically assigned to the Ecuador, Quito mission but am waiting on my visa to be approved. I like to think of myself as a really spontaneous, passionate person. I try to love doing everything I do, and that makes it easier to genuinely enjoy most things. I think there's a quote somewhere about how faking a smile sometimes works to make the smile genuine. That's me! :) The Gospel is the most important thing in my life, and I love immersing myself in conference talks and the scriptures. It brings me peace, strengthens my strengths, and helps me in my weaknesses. It's given me everything good that I have. There's nothing more important to me than giving me time, talents, energy, and resources to Jesus Christ and His Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I have found that the most fulfilling way to live is a confident and optimistic one. The gospel has given me so many truly good things to occupy my thoughts. Happiness comes not only by removing negativity, but by replacing it with positivity. Because of the gospel, I constantly think about my actions and how to improve. It makes me ponderous and thoughtful and leads to more loving behavior, which makes me more joyful. The Gospel makes my family happy. My extended family is so close in so many ways, and that closeness is built on our shared religious ideals and goals. And we have so many hints and opportunities to learn how to fix the problems we do have. The Church also gives me lasting peace despite pain. I love people so much; they are my passion. But I've learned that when you spend a lot of time with other people, you open yourself to so much risk. But having such a broad perspective because of the Church's teachings has helped me to find peace and forgiveness so easily despite that pain. On the other hand, the Church puts me in contact with generally more optimistic and kind people. I endure so much less pain because the environment is so good. I have met the best people with the best characters within the Church. Literally all the people I admire the most and seek to be more like, I have met within my church experience. Finally, the Church gives me understanding and perspective when bad things happen to me or others. I can find a reasonable explanation for every negative thing that occurs. Everything makes sense because I see it in the light of God's Plan.

How I live my faith

I have the wonderful blessing of serving the people of Logan and Ecuador for 18 months as a missionary! We walk several miles every day, talking to people we don't know, of all backgrounds and beliefs. We share the glorious message of Jesus Christ! My family has the unique opportunity of serving all the members of the Church in their city because my dad serves as the Stake President. My family sacrifices by having him gone to meetings a lot, but we definitely feel the blessings and love getting to know so many people. Before my mission, I got to spend a lot of time serving with the missionaries in my ward. We taught people, correlated missionary efforts with members, and trie to further the Lord's work in our area. One of my favorite parts of church service is being involved in music. The Spirit is so present with spiritual music, and whenever I get to play in church or play music at home, it teaches me and uplifts me. Finally, I was blessed with the gift of giving counsel. Since talking to people is a passion of mine, it is such a blessing to me to get to help them as well. I serve others and the Lord by sharing insights and ideas that can help other people to become more like Christ.