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Hi I'm Jessica Rose

I unconditionally believe in happy endings. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love paintballing, high heels, football, ballroom dancing, and singing. I run long distances and write long papers, and when people tell me they like my long eyelashes I blush. My favorite goal on my bucket list is to build a snowman. Future plans in no particular order: take a gondola ride in Italy while licking a gelato cone. Ace the bar exam. Read every Shakespeare play. Marry...and be an awesome mom to a brood of cute, righteous children. Enroll in culinary school. Own a Steinway.

Why I am a Mormon

The decision to live and believe as a Mormon was, ultimately, uncomplicated. I didn't have an angel appear at my bedside or a lightning bolt strike me with the Spirit. Rather, I began to see the effects of long-term patterns of decision-making. It was simply this: when I made bad decisions, I felt farther away from God. When I made good ones, I was happy. Reading the scriptures, praying, and attending church are very simple things, but they made me happy. Living habitually with the Spirit brings joy to my life and I can see the hand of God as He guides my choices in small AND big things.

How I live my faith

Each day signifies a different faith-promoting tradition for me and gives me opportunities to affirm my testimony. On Mondays, I participate in a group activity night with 10 or so other people of college-age. On Wednesday nights, I attend a scripture study evening with a larger group of college-age adults. On Sundays, I attend three hours of church. I try to go the temple at least once a month, and I read my scriptures and pray daily. Living by these small daily reminders helps keep me in tune with what Heavenly Father wishes me to do.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Jessica Rose
The Mormon women I know are pretty awesome! Someday, I hope to be like them. I have goals, dreams, ambitions, and opinions--and I think all are very important. One of my favorite scriptures comes at the end of Proverbs, and it says that a virtuous woman is priced "far above rubies" I like that. It makes me feel special and loved. President Hinckley said it best: “Woman is God’s supreme creation. Only after the earth had been formed, after the day had been separated from the night, after the waters had been divided from the land, after vegetation and animal life had been created, and after man had been placed on the earth, was woman created and only then was the work pronounced complete and good. “Of all the creations of the Almighty, there is none more beautiful, none more inspiring than a lovely daughter of God who walks in virtue with an understanding of why she should do so, who honors and respects her body as a thing sacred and divine, who cultivates her mind and constantly enlarges the horizon of her understanding, who nurtures her spirit with everlasting truth...God will hold us accountable if we neglect His daughters.” I know that Heavenly Father loves His daughters as much as His sons. I know that He would never make me feel "less" or "subjected" to men, and I know that he wouldn't approve of me marrying a man who made me feel that way, either. Women are granted the divine role of motherhood--I can't wait to have that experience. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jessica Rose
My guess is because we have LOTS of acronyms. Just like any business, sorority, or religion, Mormons use lots of abbreviations, and that can understandably be unnerving for someone who is unfamiliar with those terms. Perhaps another "cultish" thing is that people who really have a testimony of the Book of Mormon often become very passionate about it. I certainly love sharing my feelings about the church because I want other people to understand the happiness it brings to my life. Speaking of "unnerving" imagine a group of 14 million jello-eating, cassarole-making, coffee-avoiding, Satan-abhoring people around the world, seemingly sprung from nowhere, all excited to proclaim this new story about a 14-year-old boy who saw an angel in New York. It sounds outlandish--perhaps even bizarre. But the craziest part is that it's true!  Show more Show less