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Hi I'm Jess

I am a college graduate, musician, web designer, wife, and mother. I love long road trips and milkshakes. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I met my husband in college through our major, Technology and Engineering Education. After two wonderful years of marriage while peers, we recently graduated together. I now have the incredible privilege of staying at home with our young daughter while my husband continues his education. I enjoy photography, designing websites, teaching others how to use the computer and software programs, learning new skills, and playing the piano and fiddle. I am grateful that I can continue to do all those things while raising a family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and raised going to church. There was a time in my life when I realized that even though I was surrounded by good people and the church was important to my family, I needed to know for myself it was true. I cannot say I had a single moment in my life where an angel came down and told me it was true or even an overpowering moment after a prayer. I learned over a period of years by testing the doctrines and principles out in my own life and seeing wonderful results. Peace came, joy was felt, miracles were witnessed, and a relationship with my Heavenly Father was built. These blessings and countless more have continued in my life as I pray and read my scriptures each day. I have now come to a point where I strongely believe in the doctrines taught in the Mormon Church, that they are true. When I have had trials, challenges, pain and hardships in my life, I have learned to rely on the Lord and trust in him. He has lightened my burdens, helped me see an eternal perspective to my short-sighted troubles, and has given me hope. I have become a stronger and more joyful person as I have allowed the truths to sink into my heart. I am grateful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a new mom, I have learned to rely more fully on God for daily help. Sometimes I just don't know what to do to help comfort my daughter as she cries, but I ask God and he teaches me. I hang pictures on our wall of Jesus to help us remember his role in our life. My husband and I have personal and family scripture study each day. We make sure to spend time together as a family each week doing fun activities and also talking about ways we can improve ourselves. The ways we live our faith is simple, but it builds a strong foundation when we face challenges. We know that we have a God who loves us and cares about our well-being. We know that we always have someone who will listen and answer our prayers. We are so grateful for the simple things that God asks us to do so that we can be happy.

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

Jess
We believe God commanded us to pay a tithing, or 10% of our income. We believe that God created all things, including us, and so everything is really his and we are returning a part of it to him with tithing. That money is used to build and maintain churches and temples, help missionaries, educate Church members, and meet other needs of furthering the work of God. In Malachi 3:10 from the Old Testament it states, "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." Personally I am able to show my gratitude to God for the things He has given me, great or small. I have also felt my heart softened to serve others. In return for this small act of giving 10%, I have recieved many blessings in return as well for the trial of my faith. Sometimes it is simply finding an item I need is on sale so I save a little extra money. Other times they are more drastic blessings, like having miraculously not only enough money for a semester at college but some left over. I believe these are a direct result from paying tithing. Show more Show less