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Hi I'm Jess

I'm creative, I'm an activist for sustainability and food equality, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have an undergraduate degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership, and I am currently working towards a MSc in Organic Farming and Food Production. I dream of using agriculture to help at-risk youth around the world develop marketable skills, and I'd also love to work with organizations that focus on fighting hunger and poverty in developing countries. In my spare time, I'm an avid horsewoman and love to ride in the mountains with my mom and sister. My other hobbies include art, photography, music, backpacking, and river sports. I dream of being a published author someday, and I'm hoping to start sending out query letters for my young adult novel in the next few months.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents that have been sealed in the Temple, so I have always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I never questioned my faith--I had no reason to--until I left home to attend a university on the other side of the country. I started to doubt the veracity of the Restored Gospel, and even doubted that God existed. I spent many lonely nights reading my scriptures and praying for answers and not feeling certain that anyone was even listening. But then one day, when I was on the brink of leaving behind everything that I thought I knew and believed in, I offered a prayer to my Heavenly Father and asked Him to tell me whether the Church was true. I instantly felt as if someone was embracing me, telling me that everything was fine. I felt more sure of His love than I had ever been before, and my confidence in the truth of the Gospel was restored. I know that my Heavenly Father exists and that He loves me and sees my worth as one of His daughters. I know that Christ lived, died for our sins, and lives again. I believe that the Holy Ghost is a very real, very tangible force for good in our lives and that He can provide comfort, knowledge and guidance. Without these things, my life would be directionless and dull, but because of my testimony, I am able to live a life that is full of happiness and joy.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday, I have the opportunity to attend church, partake of the Sacrament, and participate in carefully prepared lessons that teach us about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am able to fellowship with other members of the Church, and I have been blessed to make many lasting friendships. During the week, I take time out of my daily schedule to study the scriptures so that I can learn to understand the working of the Lord in my own life. I strive to live according to the example of Jesus Christ, and I am grateful for the Atonement and the opportunity it gives me to repent. I love to serve in Church and in my community, and I strive to treat everyone I meet with the same love and compassion that Christ would.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

We believe that everyone deserves the right to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ and to experience the joy and blessings that living according to His precepts provide. Mormon missionaries dedicate their time to preaching God's word so that others may have this opportunity if they so desire it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Many people think that we believe the Book of Mormon is a replacement for the Holy Bible, but that is far from true. We believe that the Bible is the word of God, and together, the Bible and the Book of Mormon create a solid witness of Christ's gospel. Both testify of His divine mission, His love, and His Atonement, and both work together to draw all souls closer to him. I have a strong testimony of the Bible. I love to read the scriptures it contains, and many of my favorite passages are from the Old and New Testaments. Show more Show less