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Hi I'm Jade

I'm a Scottish girl in London, I'm an optimist, I'm a journalist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having lived in Dundee my whole life (apart from 8 months in Utah, USA where I attended Brigham Young University) I find myself in London where I've been lucky enough to get a job after studying a Fashion & Lifestyle Journalism at London College of Fashion. I get to do exactly what I want to do in an amazing city which is such a blessing. When I'm not working I love to make use of being in such an amazing place and explore as much as I can – museums, galleries, churches, landmarks... – learning as I go. My dream is to travel the world and if I can do it as part of my career and with people I love then even better.

Why I am a Mormon

With half of my family being Mormon, half not and neither of my parents being incredibly active during my childhood, religion wasn't a requirement in my family and certainly not something that I was forced to do. I started attending church of my own accord when I was about 8 years old – neither of my parents were attending at the time so I went with my gran and, although they weren't attending, my parents were supportive of my decision, I was baptised and I've attended church since then. Having been taught good morals at home and having great friends, I found it easy to follow the Gospel and, over the years, it has allowed me to gain a personal witness of the truthfulness of it. I gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon and believe that it, along with the Bible, is the word of God; I gained a testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel and a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet who was chosen to perform that restoration; and most importantly, for me, I gained a testimony that I was a daughter of God and that Jesus Christ was not only my Saviour but my Brother too. I follow His Gospel because I know that I need it to be truly happy. I know that I can return to Their presence after this life and that's where true happiness lies. I know that I couldn't go a day without using the Saviour's atonement so to have a knowledge of it is the biggest blessing in my life. Although I've been a member my whole life, I'm still learning like everyone else which is the exciting part!

How I live my faith

Having grown up a member of the Gospel, I feel like I've had the whole experience from speaking in Sunday Sacrament meetings as a child to working as a leader in many of our church's programmes. I try to live a righteous life and I know from past experience that I am always happier when I'm choosing to do good. I feel more at peace and confident in knowing that God is happy with my decisions and I know that as I do these things He blesses me as well as my family. Apart from the weekly church attendance I make sure I always pray – morning and night and a mealtimes – read my scriptures, attend a mid-week scripture class and try to follow the Spirit daily. Back home I also served for a long time with the 12-18 year old girls which was fun as well as being an amazing privilege. Along with being a support to them and planning fun activities, I taught Sunday lessons on topics such as keeping the Word of Wisdom (our religion's health 'code'), serving in the community, dating decisions, money management and building self-confidence. Although I was meant to be their teacher I found that they taught me a lot and we were able to build great friendships. I'm currently working in the Young Single Adults programme for those aged 18-30. Together we plan dances, temple trips, service projects, musical evenings and other activities which are both fun and spiritually uplifting. As with most members of our church I am assigned to visit a few sisters in our congregation who I give monthly messages to and support when needed. Although I'm never completely successful in my service I do try to do my best and I know that when I help others I am being used by God to fulfil their needs.