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Hi I'm Jodi

I'm a recent college graduate. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent college graduate who is now serving a mission in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. While doing my undergraduate degree I studied linguistics, focusing on the Russian language and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I also spent a semester teaching English in St. Petersburg and am thrilled to return to share my faith with the Russian people. Learning about peoples from different backgrounds invigorates me because I learn how much God loves each of His children and rejoices in their unique difference. I love nerdy things and am especially well-known for loving Star Wars and Miyazaki films. I am a recreational yogi and avid reader, baker, and musician.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that happiness can be found in many places, but the most enduring happiness is found through developing a relationship with God and following his commandments. I grew up in the church and for much of my life continued this lifestyle out of comfort; It was easy to stay within the culture I was familiar with. As I matured I began to question my beliefs and practices, often facing difficult questions for which there were no easy answers. Rather than push me away from my faith, these questions strengthened my conviction in the things I knew to be true. While I still have many questions, my personal relationship with God and Christ have begun to blossom and I have found it easier to serve and love those around me. I believe that his love for us is perfect, which is why he prepared a way for us to reattain his glory through the atonement of his son and our obedience to his commandments and participation in sacred ordinances.

How I live my faith

Before my mission I lived my faith quietly, but as a missionary I seek to share my happiness with everyone I meet. I strive to develop a personal relationship with God and with myself through prayer and studying teachings of the prophets. As I strengthen my own conviction of God's love I try to increase the happiness of those around me by helping them feel that love in their own lives. I enjoy learning about the worship of other faiths and seeing how they are similar to my own. Service and reflection are big parts of my personal worship.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

This is an issue I sometimes struggle with as a Mormon woman, but my faith in God's love supersedes my questions here. There is no official teaching on it, but I wonder if someday women will receive the priesthood, just as the priesthood was extended to men of all races. I trust in God's wisdom and timing and believe there is a purpose to the current administration of the priesthood. Perhaps receiving the priesthood on earth is not part of God's plan for women, and I'm ok with that. Sometimes women in the church don't recognize the extent to which they do participate in the priesthood. I believe the priesthood is the power to act in God's name, which men and women do equally when they pray and serve their fellowmen. While women do not hold certain clerical positions in the church, they can be just as influential over their congregation in other ways if they take the initiative, particularly in their own families. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mormon missionaries proselyte to share their own happiness with others. I chose to become a missionary because I wanted to see how I could grow from devoting so much of my time to God, and because I wanted to share the hope of Christ's atonement. I know that God is happy with my choice to serve him and has prepared me throughout my life for this opportunity. Show more Show less