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Hi I'm Jessica

Life is hard but it's hard to help us become all we can become!

About Me

I'm 26 years old and married to an amazing man! My husband is going to college for Electrical Engineering Technology. I have 2 Associates degrees; one is in American Sign Language and the other is in Early Childhood Education! I am currently a student going for my Bachelor's Degree in American Sign Language/English Interpreting and will graduate in May of 2013. It's been a long road getting my education. When I finish, it will have taken me 10 years! I am currently pregnant with our first child which will be due in May 2012! It's going to be a challenge to finish my degree but I've had more challenges in life so I think I can handle it. I have scoliosis, which is a curvature of the spine. My scoliosis was pretty bad as a teenager and had to wear a back brace for a while as well as have two back surgeries to correct my curvature. I now have three metal rods in my back and actually feel pretty great. I'm in pain at times but I'm very glad for the experience I went through. It made me stronger and I wouldn't be who I am today if it wasn't for the challenges I faced when I was younger. My husband and I like to watch movies together and love The X-Files and Lost. We also like to go hiking, camping, and doing things outdoors. We also have two cats that we love very much named Mace (which means cat in Albanian) and Avash (which means calm down/chill out in Albanian).

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church when I was 17 years old, a week before my 18th birthday! All my life I would go to different churches because I love God and Christ. I didn't realize it then, but I was always trying to find the right church/Christ's Church. When I was 15 and 16 years old my mom had two brain surgeries and I had two back surgeries. My mom has two brain aneurysms and I have scoliosis. I was very upset that I had to go through this difficult time. I became angry at God and became depressed. While I was in the hospital the second time I met a woman who comforted me and helped me realize that she was sent to me because of God. She had been through a similar surgery and I was able to realize what I could become. I decided to find a church to go to. About 9 months later I got my first job and met my a boy who had lost his mother to breast cancer. I noticed how he seemed so happy even though he lost his mom. He had been through a much more tragic situation and even though I went through a lot of pain I still was alive and so was my mom. I began to ponder about why he was so happy and I wasn't. We became good friends and I met with the missionaries. I started to understand why I went through what I did and how Christ has felt all the pains I had felt. I also loved how someday my body wouldn't be in pain and I could live with my family forever. I got baptized in 2003 and ever since that day my life has been amazing! I still have struggles but I can feel that God is always there and that He loves me. I love to go to Church and feel the Holy Ghost and the love of God. I continue to go because I see God's hand in my life and want to continue to see it! Now me and that boy are married and have been to the temple to be married for eternity.

How I live my faith

Living everyday to be more like Christ is how I live my faith. Everyday I try to remember the two greatest commandments; to love God and to love others. When you can do those two things you are trying to be the best person you can be. At church I am involved with the full-time missionaries. I help the sister missionaries when they need someone to go with to meetings with people interested learning more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! I also get to share why I am Mormon and what I believe. I love helping the missionaries! I also go visiting teaching; which is when sisters(women) go an visit other women in the ward(congregation).

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You can meet with the missionaries and be open to what they teach. Then when they ask you to pray about The Book of Mormon or something else do it! Heavenly Father will answer your prayers and let you know this is true! I had a hard time when I was learning about the church, I was nervous because it was a nice experience. I felt very strongly that the Plan of Salvationwhere we came from, why we're here, and where we're going was true but I had a hard time with knowing the Joseph Smith was a prophet. Someone sat me down and asked me how I felt about what the missionaries were teaching me. I told him that I felt that the Plan of Salvation was true but I was still struggling with Joseph Smith. He asked me if I had ever heard of the things I believed were true in any other church. I said no. Then he said that it was because Joseph Smith restored those truths again to the earth and other churches didn't have that knowledge. If you believe one thing is true that the missionaries have taught you then the rest has to be true as well. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

One of the most amazing doctrines about the church is proxy baptisms or baptisms for the dead. This was one of the reasons I joined the church. There are many people in the world who have never heard of Jesus Christ or Christ's Church on the earth. Proxy baptisms give those people who have passed on the opportunity to be baptized if they haven't heard about the church. I like to think about all the people in China and other parts of the world who have never heard about Christ. God loves all His children and wants to provide everyone the opportunity to accept Christ if they choose. Show more Show less