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