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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a woman. I'm a student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California. I like to tell jokes and make people laugh, read, hike and visit museums. After I finish my undergrad I'd like to go to med school to one day fulfill my dream of becoming an OB/GYN.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon but it wasn't until I'd been at college for 6 months that I started to realize that I believed that the church was true, but didn't know for sure. I read a talk by Elder Ronald A. Rasband entitled "Special Experiences". Afterward, I wrote down a list of little special experiences that I had had myself. It wasn't long, but it included a few times when I felt that my prayers had been answered. Months later, Neil L. Andersen gave a talk entitled "You Know Enough" in the October 2008 General Conference. After this talk I realized that the little experiences that I had had were enough for me to press on. If I had had prayers answered, then why couldn't Joseph Smith have his prayer answered as well? And if I knew that special blessings I had received through the priesthood were true, then the priesthood must be true, which meant that it must have been restored by Joseph Smith. Little by little I knew that my few special experiences in life were enough for me to know. Now I relish in the comfort I receive from the Gospel and love the way that the Gospel leads me to live my life. I am a better person because I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by abiding by the standards that the Church sets, such as following the Word of Wisdom and by dressing modestly. I do my best to read my scriptures and pray every day. I keep a journal of spiritual experiences that I have so I can always look back and remember the ways in which I have been blessed or have had answers to my prayers. I serve as the secretary in the women's organization and this involves attending lots of meetings (some early in the morning) and visiting with the women in my area. While it's hard to balance having a job, going to school, spending time with the people I love and doing everything related to my position in church, I know that this my Heavenly Father wants me to serve these women and that it is important to do so.

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

Mormon women are just like non-Mormon women, except they follow the teachings of the Mormon faith. This includes being modest in dressing, by wearing non-revealing shirts and wearing shorts and skirts that hit around the knee. Some Mormon women work, and others stay at home and raise their families. The Mormon church believes that men and women are equal, that the priesthood held by men is equal to that of divine womanhood. We believe that Adam and Eve were equals, as are husbands and wives. Women are also encouraged to get as much schooling as possible, as are men. Show more Show less