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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm artist from a small town in Georgia... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mother once told me that she knew I would be an artist from an early age. She said I was the only baby that she knew of that wouldn't break any of the glass figures around the house, instead, I would gently rub my fingers over the surface to feel ever curve and indention... absorbing the craftsmenship. I have always known that my artistic talents come from my Heavenly Father. As I've matured in my talents I have no desire to paint or write unless it is for the purpose of bring others to the love of Christ. Though I had always expected I would go to an art school, I found myself drawn into the Criminal Justice field. I babysat to earn enough gas money to drive to and from the college campus. The day I completed my associates degree, I lost my father to cancer... Since then, I strive to be an example to my, non-member, family and friends, and I've learned that I must be the best example to children- they are our future. I was baptized into the church September 2009; My life has changed so much since then. I found the love of my life- my sweet husband, Rodney; We were married December 16, 2011. I know this is the beginning of our journey together, but I know he and I are guided by the Holy Spirit.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Baptist and never fully felt that I belonged. I was always either too opinionated or too confused. I wanted more... I never felt like I had enough of God's knowledge… So I set out to find my place in the world. I tried church after church, but never could find, or even pin point, what it was that I was longing for. At my breaking point, I sat on my best friend's porch telling him that I had given up on having that relationship with God... No sooner than the words left my mouth, the missionaries were standing at my side. I finally found the answers to those questions I had been asking. I finally found my peace, my joy, and my strength. Three months after I was baptized, my world was turned upside down by the death of my father. I know now, more than ever, it was that Christ-like love of the members that held me together- I found my place in the world and they wouldn't let me forget that.

How I live my faith

It's not always easy to have faith, but it is entirely possible. Sometimes things get so hard that the thought of praying seems so difficult, but I've always believed that it's the moments when don't think we need to pray that we actually need it the most. I find my strength in those quiet moments of prayer and scripture study. When I think of living my faith, I instantly have an image of someone jumping over a puddle of water. We have faith as humans that when we land the ground will still be there- it's not going to disappear... But we have to show that we have that faith; if we never jump then do we honestly believe we'll land? It's when our feet are off the ground that God takes over.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jessica
Testimony to me is personal experiences that confirms the presence of a loving God. Testimony is something that someone has to gain for his or her self; No one can tell you how to warship or to take there word on what God is or isn’t… Search for yourself, pray upon these things. I know that Heavenly Father loves me... I was searching and seeking him, and he showed up in a time in my life that I needed him more than anything. He sent his missionaries to me and they told me things I had only imagined I would find an answer to after this life. Nothing happens by chance, but by the direction of our Heavenly Father. I can look back on my life and see that every moment lead me here- even those terrible moments HAD to happen for me to be who I am and where I am. Show more Show less