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Hi I'm Janell

I grew up on a small farm in southern Idaho. I graduated in teaching from Brigham Young University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a small sheep farm. I loved (in retrospect, of course) having meaningful work to do. My mother grew a large vegetable and flower garden, so she needed our help. I was close friends with my older brother. When I was about 12 years old, he taught himself and then me to play the guitar. I still don't play well, but I love to play for sing-alongs and the Lord has blessed me to be able to remember many song lyrics. My children went with me to rest homes to entertain the residents when they were young. I've continued that habit and now go with my 94-year old mother and my sister each week. I love the magic of music for old people. I also love to read, especially children's books with grandchildren. I love biographies and the insight they can give one into others' lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the peace of knowing that I can follow a prophet of God. I love belonging to a community where God is honored and service to family and others is valued. I love knowing that families are eternal and that the Lord requires obedience.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as Young Women's President in my ward. Last week we gathered the widows in our area and took them to see the high school musical. It was fun to interact across generations. My husband and I visit a 94 year old widow each month. I want to grow up to be like her. Her mind is sharp and her sense of humor is intact. I also make a weekly visit to a widow who is in a care center My husband and I were married for eternity in the temple 44 years ago. We have raised 8 children. After he retired, we served a mission in Panama for 22 months teaching youth to play the piano. It was great fun to work together so closely. Many youth who would never have had the opportunity received instruction. People welcomed us into their homes, we tried new foods, and we learned the language. (great insurance against Alzheimer's.)