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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 17 years and we are the parents of 4 boys. I am a stay-at-home mom and I have recently returned to college. My family is the most important thing in my life, and I love to spend time with them. We enjoy hiking, boating, shopping, and visiting zoos and museums.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised with any kind of religious beliefs, and I had reached a point in my life where I was questioning the existence of a Divine Creator. I wanted to believe, but did not know what to believe in. I began seeking answers from various spiritual leaders, and religious people, but nobody could give me the answers I was looking for. Around this same time, I was engaged to be married. Since my family had a history of divorce and unhappy marriages, I feared the same thing would happen to me, and I wanted to do whatever I could to prevent that from happening. I began to notice that some of the happiest couples I knew were active in their faith together. I informed my husband-to-be that I thought it would be a good idea if we began attending a church together. He was an inactive member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time, and he tried to dissuade me at first, but when he saw my determination, he decided to introduce me to the missionaries. I had met with various religious leaders, but the missionaries were the first people to provide me with the answers I had been looking for. I loved their teachings about temples and eternal families. The missionaries not only helped me, but my fiance as well. As he attended the missionary discussions with me, he found renewed interest in the church that he had abandoned, and he became reactivated. I was baptized on September 29, 1994. Six weeks later, I was married by our bishop, and a year later, my husband and I went to the temple and were sealed for time and all eternity. I cannot imagine life without the gospel. The gospel has provided me with complete happiness and peace that I had never known before. It is such an incredible gift to have the Holy Ghost with me at all times. I am so grateful that I can be with my family for time and all eternity.

How I live my faith

I try my hardest to obey the commandments. I try to serve whenever and wherever I can.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Absolutely not! The gospel is for everyone. We are all children of our Heavenly Father regardless of race, color or nationality. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

When Jesus was on the earth, He established His church with 12 apostles. The apostles were chosen by Him to receive guidance and inspiration as to how His church was to be run. After His death, the apostles continued to lead the church under His guidance, only this time, the guidance came through the Holy Ghost. In the first book of Acts, Jesus' apostles chose a new apostle to fill the void left by Judas Iscariot. Since this happened after the death of the Savior, this is evidence that Jesus intended for his church to continue to be led by 12 apostles even after He left the earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We are placed here on the earth in order to learn the things we need in to return to our Heavenly Father. I compare our mortal experience to going to school. We leave our family behind for a short while in order to achieve a learning experience that will help us succeed later in life. The quality of our education is up to us. We can work hard, study, and fulfill the necessary requirements, in which case we can achieve a successful career and have a prosperous life, or we can ignore the requirements, refuse to study, and make failing grades, in which case we are unable to achieve prosperity in life. When we come to the earth, we leave our Heavenly Family behind in order to have a learning experience. When we return home to our Father in Heaven, we are skilled with new knowledge and understanding. That knowledge will help us achieve success in our post-mortal life. However, it is up to us to choose what course we want to take in our mortal life. If we make good decisions and endure to the end, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father, armed with new knowledge and understanding. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. We believe in free agency, and this also applies to polical parties. During an election, we are encouraged to pray as to how we should vote, but the church will never endorse a candidate nor political party. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead and is a gift given to us at the time of our baptism and confirmation. The Spirit of the Lord is on the earth and visits everyone at various times, but it is only when we receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost that His Spirit is with us at all times to lead, guide, comfort, and testify to us. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tithing is a commandment given to us by the Lord. We find several references in scripture to paying tithing. My personal favorite is found in Malachi 3:10 : Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. The tithing that we pay to the church is used to build meetinghouses, temples, produce church publication and scripture, among others. The blessings we receive from paying tithing far outweigh the small sacrifice of 10% of our income. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We believe the Bible to be the true word of God. It is Holy Scripture which testifies of the Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We believe that in order to return to our Heavenly Father, we must take upon us the name of Jesus Christ and be baptized in His name. However, many people died without the opportunity to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ. These people will still have the opportunity to accept His gospel after they leave the earth and be baptized in His name. Since baptism is an earthly ordinance, members perform this ordinance by proxy for deceased individuals. Show more Show less