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Hi I'm Jessica

I joined the church when I was 18.

About Me

I am a mom: of 4 kiddos. I am a doctor. I am a friend. I am a runner: one marathon under my belt so far...training for my second. I am a reader. I am a chauffeur: of a black mini-van. I am a wife: 8 years and counting. I am a college graduate. I am tall: 6'2" to be exact. I am a convert: joined the church when I was 18. I am a daughter: the oldest of three girls. I am a referee. I am a listener: when it's actually quiet. I am a chef: if dinner tastes good. I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised of goodly parents that weren't members of the church. They were devoted parents who gave their daughters the necessities of life that we needed. Yet, throughout my adolescent years, I was in need of something more in my life. As a family, we attended Methodist church services once or twice a year, usually around Easter and Christmas. Having a desire to know more about a higher being, I started reading the scriptures and praying on my own. Soon after I began this routine, my father was transferred for work and I started high school in a different town. This is when I met a few good teenagers who stood out. Teenagers who were choosing not to do what seemed everyone else was doing. Teenagers who knew who they were. After being friends for a few years and going to church on a few occasions with him, one specific teenager asked me if I was interested in learning more about the gospel. Our families knew each other well, as our parents taught elementary school together. I accepted this challenge and soon realized what I had been missing out on. A year later, I went my separate way, left for college and wanted to find out if the gospel would feel the same away from my close friends. At school, I was immediately taken under the wings of some amazing friends and was baptized two months later. Three months after that, I was called as the Relief Society President and never had a doubt that the gospel was true. Four years that, I married that good teenager I met in high school. I have a strong testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The fullness of the gospel has been restored to the Earth. The principles within the gospel help shape and mold our lives for the better. I know this to be true and I am grateful for my pure conversion into the church.

How I live my faith

I enjoy working with the youth of our church, ages 4-12. This group of children we call the Primary. Our primary children learn about the foundations of the church, about Jesus, about being baptized and about choosing the right. The children love to sing and smile. At such a young age, these children strengthen my testimony each week. Within the community, I enjoy volunteering at our local elementary school, teaching exercise classes at our local fitness center and getting together with friends.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Most definitely! A husband and wife can be sealed to each other within the temple walls for time and all eternity. Of this I have no doubt! If applicable, their children will also be sealed to them and as a family, they will be able to live together forever, no matter what of life's circumstances present themselves. The hardest yet most rewarding choice I made was leaving my entire family outside on the front steps of the temple, while I went in to be sealed to my husband. It wasn't easy leaving my family behind because they weren't members of the church, yet I knew that's what I needed and wanted to do. Show more Show less