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Hi I'm Jorell

I grew up on the west side of O'ahu, Hawaii where I teach at an elementary school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served a full-time mission for the Mormon a year after graduating from high school. Currently, I am an elementary school teacher. I enjoy playing and listen music. I especially enjoy incorporating music into my lessons at school.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents who taught me how to seek and discern the truth. Eventually, as I grew older, I reached a point in my life where I needed to use what I had learned about finding the truth on the very religion I had been raised in. This was a very difficult time in my life when someone very close to me expressed negative feelings about Mormon history and teachings. The points that this friend brought up were so strong that I had a difficult time responding to them. I didn't know all of the answers. I felt that I needed a stronger testimony of my religion, not for my friend's sake, but for my own. So I did what I was taught. I prayed and asked God for confirmation that I had placed my faith in the right church. At first, I felt kind of foolish. I felt as if God would hear my question and shake His head at me, saying, "You were raised in the church. You should know the answer already." But He didn't, and doesn't, answer that way. I know that every child of His that asks in faith, will receive an answer freely and without being scolded. That was the kind of answer I received that night, one that filled my heart, one that reaffirmed my conviction, one that allowed me to continue my worship even though I didn't know all of the answers.

How I live my faith

I have a special responsibility in my home congregation that allows me to work with, aid, and get to know the men in our community. I have assistants that help me to organize events where we teach men to be better husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, and people. Some of the topics we discuss are ideas such as personal and family prayers, one-to-one parent-child meetings, family and personal scripture study, obeying church guidelines, personal health, and respect for womanhood.