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Hi I'm Jessi

I am a mother of four. I have a Ph.D in Psychology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm not your typical mom of four. While having those four children, I earned a doctorate degree in developmental psychology. That doesn't stop me from being a mom, a wife, a poetry lover, and a piano player. I love the color blue! I have a not-so-secret soft spot in my heart for dogs (especially large dogs). My favorite food is lasagna, although black beans and rice are great any day. I like to read science fiction and fantasy novels such as the Foundation series or the Lord of the Rings series. One day, I want to have a little farm so that I can raise horses, especially Friesians.

Why I am a Mormon

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew there was a God. My family wasn't very religious (we only prayed 4 times a year), but I had a strong personal faith. My parents thought I was a little weird, but I would jump at the chance to go to church with any friend that was going. I went to all sorts of different churches! But, every time I went, I would hear something that wasn't quite how I thought a church and God were supposed to be. Finally, a nice young man introduced me to the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Everything they said made total sense and went straight to my heart. I committed to being baptized and have been a member (quite happily) ever since.

How I live my faith

Right now, life is very busy with three active children and a newborn, and I can only manage small things. One of my favorite things to do to serve those around me is to cook dinner for them. Often, the family will invite over a neighbor, a friend, or the missionaries and serve them something we enjoy. We found that it doesn't have to be fancy, just something that gives them a break from cooking, tastes good, and fills their tummies. Another small thing I do is to visit other women in my congregation regularly. These monthly visits allow us to become friends, to grow in the gospel, and to strengthen each other. I think one of my favorite visits was helping my friend organize her living room. It didn't take long, but it was something she wouldn't have done without someone encouraging her to do it. She was delighted when it was done. Another small thing I enjoy doing is carrying a plastic bag with me as I walk from my car to my office. I am able to pick up litter and trash that is lying along the street, sidewalk, or grass. This is even something my children have asked to help me with I didn't have to ask them!. Then we can feel proud together that we made our little area of the world look a bit nicer.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jessi
Absolutely! We're even studying the Old Testament in Sunday School this year! Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Jessi
The Church finances its operations through members' tithing and offerings. Another way the Church gets things done is through members volunteering their time and service to getting important things done! Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jessi
The Word of Wisdom is a set of rules about what is healthy to consume. We are not to consume alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, etc... The Word of Wisdom was not given to control us, but rather to protect us from things that might control us and make us lose our ability to make good decisions through addiction or altered states of consciousness. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Jessi
Anyone can attend a church service in a chapel who desires to worship God with us. We sing, pray, and take the Sacrament in those services. Worship in the temple is a little different. Not everyone can go to the temple--not even all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! While in the temple, worthy church members can take part in sacred ordinances that affect us eternally. For example, it is in the temple that families can be sealed together forever. Show more Show less

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

Jessi
Mormon women are quite diverse! There are Mormon women in most countries of the world. There are some who work and some who stay home. There are some who are old and some who are young. One thing we all have in common is that we believe we are all beloved daughters of our Heavenly Father! Men and women in the church are definitely equal! Husbands and wives should be partners in life. There is no reason to think that a man is better than a woman or a woman better than a man. We are all the same in the sight of the Lord. Show more Show less