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Hi I'm Janelle

I'm a sister, a wife, and a mother. I'm a cook and a photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of two beautiful and fun girls. I love to cook and am improving my baking. I'm also a photographer. I love good music and good friends. I've lived in six different states, and visited 20 others. I love Mexican food. I believe that cheese should have its own food group. I dance in the car.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS Church. My parents were both baptized as teenagers. But that doesn't mean that I didn't choose to stay. I never really had strong doubts about the Church, but there were times when I wondered if I -- myself -- knew it was true, or if I only believed because people had told me it was. I took the time to study the scriptures myself, and pray and ask my Heavenly Father if the LDS Church is true. The answer I received confirmed to me what I had been taught growing up: that it was, and is. Because of that, I choose to remain a Mormon.

How I live my faith

At church, I teach young teenagers. It's an opportunity that both challenges and rewards me in more ways than I can count. It is highly gratifying to watch the youth that I work with make good choices in their lives, choices that put them on the path to their Heavenly Father. I am blessed to be part of their lives.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Janelle
One big difference between Mormons and other Christians is that we believe that there are prophets and apostles even today. The first of those prophets in the modern age was Joseph Smith. Many outside the LDS Church may wonder, and even ask, why Mormons worship Joseph Smith, or at the very least revere him so much. It's important to note that while we hold Joseph in high regard, and are grateful for his role in the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ, we do not worship him. It is because of him, however, that we enjoy so much knowledge about our Savior. It is because of Joseph Smith that I know Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Janelle
Mormonism is unorthodox in its use of lay clergy. Christ was not a paid minister. He "went about doing good" (Acts 10:38). As He served different people throughout His ministry, we too have opportunities to serve each other in different ways. Leaders are "called" to a particular role for an unspecified amount of time. They learn and grow and teach and serve. After a few years, they are "released" and someone else assumes the role, having been newly called. In this way, no one is overburdened by having to bear a load they are not able to for so long. As many people have different ideas and styles of leadership, a rotating lay clergy also provides fresh energy and rejuvenation among members of the Church. A man may be a bishop -- or leader of a congregation -- one day, and then be released and work in the nursery -- with the two-year-olds -- the next week. While there is a hierarchy and structure to Church leadership, there is no protocol for promotion or advancement. It helps keep us humble and happy. It's a great opportunity to both serve and be served. Show more Show less