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Hi I'm Jessica A. Gale

I'm a wife, a future mother, a lover of music, a student of learning, a ball of almost-endless energy, & I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a normal girl, with a larger than life personality, trying to make it through this crazy thing called life. I have two sidekicks thus far on this journey, my best friend & husband, Jared, and my dogchild, Optimus Our family motto is We live life the best way we know how...Together.   Jared and I have been married for 7 years. We met in a Biology 1010 class. He taught me the Kreb Cycle. After a horrible first date, he decided that he would never ask me out again. Somehow we ended up together anyways. We were married a year later. We have no children due to a genetic condition. We call ourselves "young empty nesters". But we have our puppy who fills in where children would be. He's a good substitute for now. I am a home body. I love to read books, watch movies, play video games, as well as go backpacking, hiking, camping. I love to take pictures, it drives Jared nuts. I love music! I feel it in my soul it just hits me deeply. Along with music comes the love of singing, which I am not bad at. I also like to scrapbook and make crafty things, sewing is my newest hobby. I have just started going back to school where I am learning Spanish. The current direction of my course of studies it towards Speech pathology. Who knows if I will end up there though.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a convert to the LDS Mormon Church. As a child I was raised to believe in God, but my family had a very distant relationship with him. You know the kind of family that only goes on Easter and Christmas. We only went to church a few times when I was young, and it was to non-denominational churches. After my sister was born, I don't ever recall going to church as a family. My babysitter would take us to bible study camps and such, but they always felt funny. That's the only way I can describe it. They just felt funny, off, not quite right, if that makes sense. We moved to a smaller town 20 mins south of our previous home. All of my friends were LDS Mormon and on Sundays they couldn't play. I had a few friends who invited me to go to church with them. I thought, well if I can't play with they them on Sunday then I will go to church to be with them. And thats how it started. I was nine. This church didn't have that same feeling that the others had had. It felt good. The things that they taught were good. It felt right. I felt the love of the Savior and the confirmation from Holy Spirit that it was true. I knew from how I felt, that it was true, all of it. I went to my parents for permission to be baptized. They refused. I was devastated. How could they not let me do something that obviously gave me great joy, something that encouraged me to become my highest and best self, and to do good to others. It just didn't make sense. They told me that when I turned 18 years of age, that if I still wanted to be baptized then, that they couldn't stop me. Then came the wait. Many times the missionaries came to my home teaching me more and more about the gospel, all the while still attending church. I hope and prayed that my parents hearts would be softened to me being baptized, but to no avail. Life at home was becoming ever more and more violent due to drugs and alcohol. Eventually my mom left. The anger and violence was then turned on me. After about 5 months of direct abuse, my best friend's parents decided that they wanted me to come and live with them so I could finish high school. I thought maybe I could be baptized now that I wasn't living in my parents home, but my mother still wouldn't consent to me being baptized. So I waited and bided my time. Eventually my 18th birthday came, and I was baptized. It was the most glorious event of my life, at the time. I have had many trials in life, and will continue to have trials til the last breathe of life leaves my body. My current trial is that of being infertile. It tough and frustrating and heart-wrenching, but I now the Savior is aware of me. He is helps me to bear the burden. I have a testimony of so many things. But what I testify of today is that the Savior loves you. He desires you to become your highest and best self. Allow him to help you become who you were always suppose to be. I know that that Book of Mormon is the most correct book that exist on the Earth. I know, personally, that by reading and abiding by its precepts that I am on my way to becoming my highest and best self. I encourage you to read it. Alma 3227-28 says "But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words. Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." Alma went on to say in verse 30-32 that "But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith for ye will say I know that this is a good seed for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea for every seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness. Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not good, therefore it is cast away." Read the Book of Mormon. It teaches good things. You will see that it is a good book. That it brings forth goodness in all man if you but plant the seed and nourish it. I have a testimony that these things are true. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

 How I live my faith, that is a good question. I live my faith everyday. I live it by doing it. I know that actions speak louder than words. And so that is what I try to do. I act. To live your faith you must act. Faith is an action word. It takes work. I always tell my Sunday school classes that its like running up and escalator that is going down. It takes effort, and sometimes ALOT of effort, but the reward in the end is worth it. Nothing in life that is worthwhile comes easy. So I read my scriptures, I pray, I go to church each week. I prepare a lesson every week to teach 11 year old girls, I practice leading music in preparation for leading our entire ward in song. I can't always say that I am 100 in saying my prayers each week or reading my scriptures. Again, faith takes work, its not easy. I do the best I can. I try to be better and do better each day. Some days are easier and some days are harder.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jessica A. Gale
The reason LDS Mormon missionaries proselyte is really very easy to answer. Lets compare the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ to a cookie. Hey I am a woman who loves chocolate so this is an easy correlation Lol. This cookie is the best cookie I have ever eaten. I mean come on, its probably like a Double Double Chocolate fudge cookie with macadamia nuts, white chocolate bits, drizzled with caramel. I take a bite into the softest most moist cookie ever created, and I am instantly uplifted. This cookie makes me the happiest I have ever been. Even the aroma of the cookie is something to be had. Now once I have tasted of the goodness of this cookie, what am I gonna do? I know when try something that I never have had before, and it is soooo good, I want to tell my friends about it. Why? Cause I want my friends and loved ones to experience this amazing cookie and all the joy and happiness it brings. That is how we feel about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is something that changes you, it changes how you view the world, it changes how you see yourself, it literally makes you happy. Why? Because it is so good. This is why young men & women as well as older couples spend time serving missions. They want all to experience this level of happiness and joy in life. They just want to give you a chance to try the cookie for yourself. Show more Show less