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Hi I'm Jesse

I major in Peace and Conflict studies. I like to climb mountains. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I am in my final year of undergraduate studies, with an extended major in Peace and Conflict Studies and a single major in Ancient History. I plan to continue with an Honours year and I am especially interested in post-conflict rehabilitation and in peace building. This impacts on my studies and also on my day to day life as I try to live in a way that is ethically sound. Although my studies take a huge portion of my time , I like to spend my free time baking- anything from cakes to tarts to macaroons and all things in between (like Parisian Rose Macaroons with Dark Chocolate and Basil Butter Cream). I also like camping, especially in my swag (camping is an essential past-time in Queensland). I alsohave traveled to many wonderful places, including Mount Everest Base Camp and Mexico. These experiences, no matter which, open my eyes to the wonders of the creation and the diversity of God's children. I also work at an alternative democratic Primary School as a teachers aid. I love my work and my study but most of all I enjoy being with family and friends -especially if there is a mountain to climb at the same time. I know that whatever I do and wherever I am the gospel will always be the centre of my life and my unwavering guide.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always lived surrounded by the gospel. I was baptized when I was 8 years old, I knew that I could receive the blessings of baptism because I was taught by my family the blessings of living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although I have never had a 'Road to Damascus' experience, I receive a daily witness of the truth of this gospel when I study the scriptures and pray to my Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because I have received many witnesses that this is the true and everlasting church of god. It is through that and by abiding by the teachings gven through the scriptures and modern revelation I can return to live with my Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in every aspect of my life. It is the guiding principle in my life. The Sabbath Day is my most important and favorite day of the week. No matter how busy I am and how many essays I have to finish before Monday morning, I never work or study on Sunday. Instead I worship my Heavenly Father and give thanks for all that I have. Sunday has become my day of self renewal, not just spiritually but physically and mentally also. I love going to sunday church meetings where I teach children aged 3-4 the principles and stories of the gospel - although it can sometimes seem like I'm refereeing a wrestling match. I love the moments when they sit in rapt attention listening to stories from the scriptures. I have attended the same congregation my whole life, this has provided me with a family larger than I could ever have expected. It is a wonderful experience to be a part of a church community where everyone is concerned about your welfare. I was touched when the ladies from my congregation worried for me, prayed for me and checked the news sites when I was in the Middle East during a period of conflict. It is a community where I will always feel loved and protected, and where I hope to show that same love and concern to others. I know that as a member of the Church I can feel this support and lend it wherever I am in the world through my participation in the gospel.