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Hi I'm Jessica

I teach digital crafting classes online. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mama first and foremost, and I love living in North Carolina (having grown up in the West, I have gained a new appreciation for the seasons as they present themselves here). Part of my passion in life is sharing technology with people through online classes, mostly Photoshop, digital scrapbooking, family history albums, and photography.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I'm so grateful for the upbringing I had by faithful and active parents. But I have learned that simply being 'born into' a faith isn't enough - especially not for a Mormon. The truly devotional life can't be lived on the surface, simply skimming through. Each person must gain the faith (hope, knowledge) for himself or herself, and continue that conversion and testimony-building, enduring faithfully to the end of life. That conversion process comes for ANYONE by three simple things: 1. Study of the words of God as revealed in the scriptures, 2. Sincere prayer to know the truth, and 3. Obedience to the commandments. This process did not really start for me until I was a teenager, and since that time I've had many experiences that deepen and strengthen my faith and make it an anchor in my life. I am a Mormon because I have received a witness from the Holy Ghost, as Jesus promised I would, that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I'm a Mormon because the process of coming to Christ is a continual one, and faithfulness and obedience to the revealed truths keeps me happy, safe, and strong. I have felt the fulness of joy described in scripture when my sins have been forgiven, and I have felt the Spirit of God testify to me in my heart that I've found the way to live THIS life, to enable me by obedience and faith and the grace of God and His Son to return to live with them when my life is over. Every person - born into a faith or not - must receive for himself or herself the sure witness that the faith they live is the truth. Jesus promised that if we knock, He will open to us, and continually asks us to come to him for respite and rest in our lives. I'm a Mormon because I have experienced this for myself, and I am eternally grateful for it.

How I live my faith

I am a leader in my congregation of the precious and lively 8-11 year old girls. We meet every other Thursday for a fun activity (all 23 of us, plus four leaders!), ranging from baking to crafts to scripture study, to sharing and developing our knowledge and talents. There are no 'small jobs' as a Mormon - every responsibility is an opportunity to interact with and to strengthen, but also to learn from others. My other responsibility is to visit, care for, and watch over three of the women in the congregation. In addition to monthly visits to each woman's home, where we share a spiritual message, we keep in contact in case there are needs in her life or family. I have made many friendships through this program, called Visiting Teaching, that will last a lifetime, and I have felt the love and care of my own Visiting Teachers as they visit and watch over my family and me.