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Hi I'm Jessica Robin

I am a world traveller based out of the US. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Zoology graduate student. My dissertation research is on the diet and habitat requirements of a possum living in northwestern Australia. I love to hike, camp, snorkel and sail...basically anything that lets me get out and enjoy the beautiful world God has created for us. I love exploring the unknown and seeking after truth, which is a central to both my religious and scientific pursuits. I am saddened by the views of many of my colleagues that science and religion are contradictory. Henry Eyring, a mormon chemist, summed up my views best. "Is there any conflict between science and religion? There is no conflict in the mind of God, but often there is conflict in the minds of men." "The gospel, then, is the search for truth, and there is only one truth— there is a God in Heaven, who, if He is God over the world and over the universe, certainly understands everything, and inside His mind there must be no contradiction" It is our own limited understanding that makes us think there are contradictions, but in reality the more we know both about religion and science the more they will harmonize.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up without a religious background and felt like I could explain the world just fine without the existence of a God. Over the years though, I noticed that several of the people closest to me seemed happy because of their faith in God. For example, my best friend radically changed her life based on her new-found faith in God and she seemed so happy. I didn't know if God existed but I was curious about this universal happiness that believers of God shared. This lead me to read and ask people of various faith questions. It also lead me to ask God to help me find him if he existed. I never had this strong emotional response, tangible answer to my prayers, or vision, like I had read about and heard people describe in their pursuits of the truth. I did however discover one day that I just knew there was a God. I didn't know how I knew. I just did. It was a knowledge I couldn't deny, as strong as my conviction that the Earth is round. I also knew some attributes about God that he is loving, fair, all-knowing, and eternal. So with this knowledge I continued to explore the various religions and ask questions. I eventually ended up with some apparent contradictions. Why would God who is loving and fair only care about a small proportion of the people on the Earth? It seemed like almost every religion out there espoused that God favored them and that only by joining and following their religion could you be saved. To be saved meant that you would be eternally happy whereas if you were not saved you would be eternally miserable. The major problem I saw is that when questioned about what would happen to all the people who never would have had the opportunity to even hear about a particular religion, people of various faiths gave me answers that contradicted my knowledge that God was both loving and fair. Every person should equally matter to God. Some believed that everyone had an opportunity during their life to learn about the "correct" religion. It didn't matter that they were born in Africa 1000 years ago and died at the age of 12. Somehow, during their life, they would have had the feelings that some beliefs were true and would have accepted God into their life in whatever way was required by the religion. This didn't make sense to me. I fully believed that God would influence people and help them to find the truth. However, it would be extremely difficult for someone without any knowledge of a particular faith to put the feelings that they had into the proper context. The people they interacted with would have most likely put whatever feeling they had into a context that was familiar to them rather than spontaneously come up with the same concept of God as a given religion. Additionally, if particular ordinances or covenants had to be given/ made in order for someone to be saved, it was even less likely that everyone would be given equal opportunities to achieve that before they died. If the person didn't fulfill all that they were supposed to do while alive in a particular religion that one of two things happened. 1 They were not saved and doomed for all eternity or 2 That despite certain covenants and ordinances clearly being required by whatever scripture the religion was founded upon, that God would not require that of those people and would make an exception for them if they were good. Neither of these answers meshed with my knowledge that God was loving and fair with ALL of the people on Earth. During this time of intellectual turmoil, I came to learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The first thing that I noticed was that they believed in scriptures from two different sets of people and that there were even more prophets talking to people all over the world, but that we just haven't discovered those scriptures yet. I was amazed to learn about scriptural messages that were consistently presented all over the world and that the teachings did not change based on where they were. The same was required of everyone, but I still wondered what would happen if you died before you did what you needed to do. They explained that they believe that certain ordinances and covenants, such as baptism, are necessary and that God would not give an exemption from but rather a way for people who did not have the opportunity for whatever reason to perform those necessary acts. After all, Christ himself was baptized even though he was sinless and didn't need to be cleansed from his non-existent sins. If anyone should have earned an exemption it was him, but he did it because it was necessary for ALL. They then taught me about the principle of baptism for the dead. Because we do not cease to exist once we die, but live on as spirits, we are taught the truth at that time. We are then given the opportunity to accept the truth and Jesus Christ as our savior. However, as spirits we would not be able to be baptized anymore on our own. We needed people to act as our proxies and be baptized for us because they still had bodies. They also explained that God would not force anyone to be baptized, but that all would be given the opportunity to accept or reject their proxy baptism. This made so much sense to me. This allowed God to be loving and fair. No one was forgotten, or exempted, or forced. I found such peace at finding a religion that didn't contradict what I knew to be true about God. Through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have come to know and love both my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I love that I am encouraged to ask questions and find answers, that nothing is supposed to remain a mystery forever. Some things may take a lot longer to find answers to, but every question is fair game. And in my searching, I have never found a contradiction in the gospel. That's not to say that the fallible people who make up the church don't contradict the gospel sometimes, but the gospel itself is true. I love the strength, guidance, and peace that the knowledge of the gospel gives me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying everyday to get closer to following the commandment "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." I constantly have a prayer in my heart that I can see myself and others the way Heavenly Father sees them. When I teach, I try to help my students to know how loved and amazing they are. I also try to encourage them to achieve their potential. Taking that advice myself, I try hard to develop the talents God has given me. For example, while I do not have the best voice, I song in my ward choir to practice and strengthen my singing ability.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jessica Robin
For me, the Law of Chastity helps me to respect myself and others in my thoughts and actions. Physical intimacy is designed to bring two people closer together. It is a special glue to a relationship. I feel like that glue loses its effectiveness when used haphazardly before marriage. By dressing modestly, I help keep my thoughts and actions pure as well as the thoughts and actions of others pure. I also pay attention to what I watch and listen to. As this self-checking behavior has become part of my life, I am happy to be free from the vulgarity I see around me. I know that I am a beloved daughter of Heavenly Father and am glad that I am respected as such. Show more Show less