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Hi I'm Jessica

I am my own boss. I am a blogger. I am a mother and wife. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the church my senior year of high school. Since then I married in the Temple and graduated from college with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. I worked in the field for a few years before deciding the most important place for me to be was at home raising my children. I enjoy learning new crafts, wood working, water sports and reading- in 5 or 10 minute (child free) increments.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because some co-workers and friends took the time to teach me about their faith, to answer all of my questions, to invite me to services and activities, and to help me recognize the promptings of the Holy Ghost so that I could know for myself what is true. During the time of my conversion, it initially seemed difficult to shed some aspects of my old life and behaviors. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ brought blessings to my life I thought were only for fairytales. Knowing that I can be part of an eternal family and having a very specific purpose in this life makes every decision in the short term easier to make. I am so thankful to know about the personal revelation that can come with the companionship of the Holy Ghost. This gift helps me confirm truths in my own heart. My testimony of the Book of Mormon, our current prophet and of Joseph Smith's work during the early years of the church have all come after quiet, personal pondering and prayer. I am so thankful to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. It came at the perfect time for me. Had my life carried on without the Gospel, I know I would be struggling to find happiness and purpose.

How I live my faith

Currently I am a Ward Missionary. Together with the Full-Time Missionaries (those awesome and faithful youngsters with the name tags), we work with new members (typically converts) and investigators from our area. We teach lessons about basic principles and answer a lot of questions. It is a challenging but very rewarding experience and I love it!

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

I admit being a little overwhelmed when I attended church for the first time! I was not sure what to expect or what was expected from me. The good news is that the meetings are exciting, relaxed, simple and very enjoyable. I was excited to learn more about what I was studying with friends. It was easy to ask questions. I could participate as much or as little as I wanted to. With few exceptions, Sunday services are divided into three one-hour blocks with short breaks in-between: the Sacrament service, Sunday school and the auxiliary hour (divided into groups for Sisters and one for Brothers and separate classes for children). The members take turns teaching all of the lessons. There is no paid clergy, something I found remarkable and special. Visitors are always welcome to church services. There is typically a greeter at the door who can point you in the right direction. There are always missionaries there to help answer questions. Sunday services are a great opportunity to meet members and learn more about what church members believe. Show more Show less