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Hi I'm Jessie

I grew up in Utah. I have a bachelors degree in History. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single working woman. I enjoy reading, talking with my friends and playing with my cats. I have a roommate who has been my best friend for 10 years. She is a great cook which works wonderfully for me since I can burn water with the best of them. I work as a computer programmer for a small company in Charlotte building web properties.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents, grandparents and great grandparents were Mormon but despite that I had to gain my own testimony of Christ, Joseph Smith, the Bible, the Book of Mormon and every other teaching of the church. I have found that religion is a very personal experience. People can share with me what they believe but in the end I had to go to my Father in Heaven in Prayer and find out for myself what is true. The more I pray the more familiar I become with the way Heavenly Father answers my prayers. The more I do the things that have been revealed to me in prayer the more the Spirit of the Holy Ghost keeps me company through the day. It is not always easy but the blessings that come are worth the effort.

How I live my faith

Everyone who contributes to the weekly church services is a volunteer and no one gets paid. This includes the people giving the sermons, the young men who pass the sacrament, the teachers and the choir. I am in the presidency of the woman's organization called the Relief Society. This week after work I went over and helped an older disabled woman clean her house and also help arrange transportation and food for a woman whose husband was in a serious car accident and was in the hospital. The leaders of our church have asked us to be prepared for emergencies and part of that is growing a garden. I have not been particularly successful in my previous attempts but I am trying again this year. With the warm weather starting so early I have already gotten corn and peas and squash and watermelon and cucumbers in the ground. I am also planting plants to keep the bad bugs away by encouraging the good bugs to come live in my yard. We'll see how well that works. I certainly can't do any worse than I did last year. None of us are perfect but I believe that Heavenly Father is pleased with us when we keep trying even when we fail.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Prayer is the best way to communicate with our Heavenly Father. I have finally managed to get a habit going of praying when I first get out of bed and also just before going to sleep. These are like a daily check up for me. In the morning and think over the things that I have to accomplish in the day and present them to my Heavenly Father for review. In the evening I go back over the things that got done and the things that didn't and discuss with him how I can improve and the concerns that I have. I almost always have a list of things I am struggling with and need his help. Receiving confirmation that I am on the right path and doing what he wants me to do is a huge part of prayer. As I have things that I need to know are from him I bring them up in my prayers. I talk about them and work through my feelings vocally with him. Then I am quiet and listen to the feelings that come and whispering of the spirits. If I am uncomfortable or feel closed off or nervous I know that something more needs to be done or that I am heading in the wrong direction and need to continue to ponder this subject. If I am calm and peaceful then I know I am on the right track. I may not be finished exploring that particular thing but I know I am heading in the right direction. These feelings are fruits of the spirit. They are the ways that the Holy Ghost speaks to me and answers my prayers. As we seek the Holy Ghost we will get better and recognizing his voice when it comes. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

The church teaches and I believe that our bodies are gifts from God and that they should be valued and taken care of. As a church we are asked to dress modestly. I don't wear shorts above the knee or shirts without sleeves. I love to swim and swam competitively in high school. I have a one piece speedo that I wear when I swim for speed. I avoid two piece swimming suits. My favorite holidays are birthdays, Easter and Christmas. As a church we also tend to celebrate the 24th of July which is the day our pioneer ancestors first entered the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. It is fun to dress up in pioneer costumes and tell stories about pioneers crossing the plains. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

These days there are so many choices when it comes to food and what we take into our bodies. Sometimes it can be over-whelming trying to make good choices about how to feed your family. There is all this talk about Fat content and Calories and Chemicals and Nutrition. Sometimes it feels like just when I've got things figured out someone comes along and says that something I am eating is bad for me. Heavenly Father knows our bodies best of all. They are his creations. He has not left us on our own to figure this stuff out. He has given us a law of health that is basic and easy to understand. It is found in Doctrine and Covenants 89: 1-21 which can be found on LDS.org in the scripture section. It list things that we should avoid like Tobacco and Coffee as well as things we should seek out like fruits and vegetables in their season. After reading this section I then pray and ask my Heavenly Father how he wants me to apply this knowledge and where I should start. In this world where there are so many choices and opinions it is wonderful to have a place I can go to get my Heavenly Father's instructions. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

LDS.org is a wonderful resource of information on the church. It has messages from our church leaders, scriptures right on line and location of local churchs that you can attend. You can also get a hold of the local missionaries. These are young men or woman who will come to your home at your convenience to chat with you about what we believe. The church also runs ads on television. If you respond to these ads not only do you get the free gift but you have an opportunity to set up an appointment with the missionaries. Show more Show less