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Hi I'm Jess

I joined the Mormon Church 6 years ago and the more I know, the more I love.

About Me

I just had a son who is only a few weeks old. He is adorable. I have a wonderful husband who loves being a father and husband. Now that I'm not pregnant anymore I look forward to getting back to my hobbies rock climbing, water skiing, snow boarding, etc. My husband and I are finishing up our bachelors degrees and are excited to be done with school soon.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as the daughter of a non-denominational preacher. My parents did a wonderful job teaching me about Christ and his sacrifice for me. But, I could not help but notice inconsistencies in doctrine within our church and between churches. I often asked myself, "But what does God believe?" In frustration one night, in hopes of receiving an answer to my prayers, I opened the bible only to read about the prophet Abraham. I closed the bible and said aloud, "Wouldn't it just be easier to send a prophet?" So you can imagine my surprise when only a few weeks later a young man in my high school mentioned a modern prophet in our discussion of religion. I instantly knew that modern prophets were part of God's plan to keep us from being confused. That is one reason why I joined the LDS church 6 years ago. But, the reason I am still in it today is because every time I put into practice the truths I learn from the Bible, Book of Mormon, personal prayer, modern prophets, etc, I become a better person happier, more sure of myself and my path and closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, living my faith starts in my home with regular prayer and scripture study. Without that, everything we do in the community would be far less effective. On Sundays, my husband and I work in the nursery with the children from 18 months up. We LOVE it! We love teaching them about the world that Heavenly Father has created for them, about their families who love them, and most of all about Christ who is central to the plan of their happiness. During the week, if our schedules allow, we attend dinners and programs with friends in the church. It's fun.  

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

I think it would be wonderful if we lived in a world where morality was valued above fiscal gain but we don't. It really is up to parents to teach their children to make virtuous choices and be morally strong to resist temptations. But it isn't easy to do alone. That is one thing I love about the LDS church. Their youth programs are wonderful in creating a virtuous community and friendship which help give youth the strength and courage to make good choices, while providing families with great resources for teaching their children in the home.  Show more Show less