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Hi I'm Jessica

I love teaching children, being married, and filling my life with all things good and beautiful. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in rural Idaho and (somehow) found my way to Texas. I love books, writing, yoga, succulent plants, fresh bread, and hot chocolate any time. I'm married to my college sweetheart, and we struggled with infertility for several years. Now we have three daughters and a son, and I am grateful to stay at home with them. I love academics, have an English degree, and continue studying the humanities on my own. For now, home is the best place to use my education.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't imagine life without the guidance and comfort of the Holy Ghost. The Spirit is real. I have felt for myself that Jesus is my Savior, His Gospel is true, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church. Being an active member helps me participate in the Gospel of Christ, gives me guidance and peace, and gives me the help I need to return to God.

How I live my faith

I try to follow the Savior, who "went about doing good." Most of my opportunities come at home. I also oversee efforts to teach and minister to local children ages 1 to 11. On Sundays, I coordinate gospel classes for almost 100 children (with the help of almost 40 tremendous adults!). I've been surprised to find how much I love these children and how much I enjoy teaching children, especially about Jesus Christ and God's plan for them.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

When I was young, my parents divorced and my mom went back to school. We struggled to have enough for five children. I was awed by the kindness of the woman, a church leader, who visited our home and made a list of things we needed. Through the church, those needs were met. I remember clothes for the new school year, cans in the pantry, fruit in a bowl. These services helped us in a way that made us more able, not less. Now I am able to give back. Show more Show less

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

I sometimes worry about bad things happening to my home or family. But I remember the Savior's counsel to "lay up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal." I firmly know my husband and children will still be mine in heaven if we live righteously, and no one can take that away. Everything truly permanent in my life has been made that way through the priesthood of God, which is available through this church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Yes, you are invited! Members, visitors, friends, everyone. Tell us you're new and we'll shake your hand, show you where to sit, and answer your questions. Children are invited, too, and they always have a safe, happy, free class to learn about the Savior with children their own ages. Show more Show less