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Hi I'm Jess

I'm a student and a musician. I'm getting married in 18 days. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student majoring in English with a minor in editing. I play piano and cello, and sometimes I pretend I can snowboard. I like traveling, and two years ago I backpacked Europe with my best friend the week before her wedding!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members, but I grew up in a community with very few members of the Church so I had to decide early on that this was something I wanted to do for myself. One time a close friend asked it I was going to be "Mormon for life." I thought about that for a moment and said, "Absolutely yes!" I'm a Mormon because I have faith in my Savior Jesus Christ--trusting him is hard sometimes, but all of my blessings have come from following him. I love reading the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, because I feel peace, and it gives me a feeling of perspective and the assurance that Heavenly Father knows and loves me. And I'm Mormon because my family is the most important thing in my life, and I want to have them forever.  

How I live my faith

Every day, I try to spend 20 minutes or more reading the scriptures. I like to KNOW what I believe, and when I read the scriptures I get answers to questions I have--deep things like, "Why am I here?" to "How can I be a better sister?" I believe God answers my questions when I take time to read his words. I also have an assignment or calling within my congregation--my last calling was to help people do genealogy work. We were part of a program that looked at old census records then entered that information into an internet database for other people to find their ancestors. I couldn't always read the handwriting, but I think it's important to do the work so people can be connected to their family, even several generations back.  

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

The Mormon Church was organized in Fayette, New York on April 6, 1830. For eighteen months, I served as a missionary in Fayette and Palmyra and gave tours to visitors who came to see where the Church was organized. It was amazing how the Church began so humbly they only had 6 official members and their first meeting was on a farm but now has grown to over 14 million members. It was a testimony to me that this Church is not of one man Joseph Smith--it's of God.   Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

The Law of Chastity means that you don't have sexual relationships outside of marriage. When I was in high school on the West Coast, I definitely got a lot of questions about this--many thought it was repressive or that it was even impossible! But I believe following the law of chastity is one of the biggest blessings of my life I knew my boyfriends valued me for me, not just because of my body I didn't have a lot of the heartache and emotional anxiety my high school friends had to deal with I never had to make hard decisions about a premarital pregnancy I was never at risk for certain diseases. Sometimes it was hard to live the law, but it gave me a lot of freedoms. Now that I'm getting married, I'm more grateful for the law of chastity than ever because I get to share a precious gift ALL of me with my husband, and he gets to give me the same gift. That's worth it all. Show more Show less