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Hi I'm Jessica!

I don't like green jello but love Diet Coke. I am a housewife. I homeschool our children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home-mom by choice because I don't want anyone else raising my children. We have five beautiful daughters that range in age from 13 to 2 and #6 on the way (unknown gender). I don't like it when people tell me I am lucky to stay home with my children, as I don't feel it is luck. Our family has made a lot of sacrifices so that I could stay home & we have been greatly blessed by our Heavenly Father for doing so. We homeschool our children, for a variety of reasons. It makes our home hectic, as everyone is always home & there is always something going on. But it also gives us a lot of freedom, as we don't have to adhere to the public school's schedule. We study, we bake, we dance, we do crafts, we clean, we swim, & we do LOTS of laundry. I have not finished my degree, yet. I attended college, where I met my husband. But we left & didn't decide to go back until we already had children. My husband was able to finish his bachelor's, but I am waiting until we are done having children & they are all a bit older. I like to say that I can go to school when I'm 60, but I only have now to raise our children. I love, love, love to read. I prefer fantasy & science fiction, but will read just about any good book. I also love movies & television. I love the visual storytelling in them. I have to be careful to limit the amount of time I spend watching. Again, I have a preference for fantasy and sci fi, but will watch anything good. I am a major Star Trek and Tolkien geek.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the LDS church when I was almost two years old. So I was raised in the church. But our activity as a family was not very regular. I did not read the Book of Mormon and gain a testimony for myself until I was an adult at college, despite having been baptized as a child. Since then, I have had my struggles and trials like anyone, but I have always come back to the church. At this point, I feel my testimony is stronger than it ever has been in the past. I make the gospel more of my daily life than ever before and try to be a good example to my children. Most importantly, my husband and I attend the temple regularly together, reinforcing a strong foundation for our marriage. I am uncomfortable bearing my testimony to others because I worry that I am repeating trite phrases. I want my testimony to come from the heart and be sincere truth whenever I share it. I am extremely thankful to my Heavenly Father and Savior. They have blessed me in ways I could never have imagined as a youth. Their blessings humble me, because I feel that I am not worthy of such love. But love me they do, and I am blessed to know that. I am thankful for the scriptures. Which often apply to my life in surprising ways, when I'm least looking for it. I am thankful for the strength of the latter-day prophets and apostles, who stand for absolute truths. Especially in a confusing world that seems to be so full of strife and hate, I am thankful for the path the gospel shows me. I am so grateful for the peace I have, no matter what happens in the world, that my husband, my children and I are a family forever as long as we remain faithful to our Savior.

How I live my faith

At home, we have family scripture study every day as part of school. We say family prayer at this time and at each meal. I also have personal prayers each night before bed. I am trying to get into a better habit about personal prayers in the morning and personal scripture study. We try to live gospel standards at home. We are very picky about what influences we let into our home through TV and the internet. We try to surround ourselves with pictures of the Savior and temples in our home. We try to keep an orderly home, to make the Spirit feel welcome. We attend our 3-hour-block meeting every Sunday. I attend Relief Society (the women's organization of the church) every month. I am a Cub Scout leader at church. My husband and I are in charge of the 9-year-old boys, the Bear Cub Scouts. This is a bit strange for us, as we have all daughters. But we enjoy helping the boys earn their Bear badge and experience new things.

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?

Truthfully, I have no desire to hold the priesthood. My husband provides for our family and presides over the family as the patriarch with his priesthood. My responsbilities, while different, are just as important as his. But they are more suited to me. Just as my husband would go crazy trying to do my job as Wife and Mother, I'd go crazy trying to take on his as Husband and Father. Heavenly Father has designated worthy brethren of the church to hold the priesthood. But that does not make them above the sisters. Sisters in the church lead through service and support. A bishop would have a much more difficult time fulfilling his calling without the aid of a faithful wife. Sisters are also part of the Relief Society, which does many projects that serve people throughout the world. Women hold positions of leadership in the Relief Society and direct it's activities. Show more Show less