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Hi I'm Jessica.

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a writer. I'm a vegan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I got married at 19. I graduated college with a B.A. in history at age 20, at the same time that I had a three-month-old son. I have written a total of 900 pages of various fiction since I graduated June 2012. I have read too many health books to count, and have prayerfully studied the Mormon code of health, leading me to become a whole foods vegan. As my understanding of the health food industry has increased, my reasons for being a vegan have increased. Pick a topic and I'll tell you why I eat how I eat. I wouldn't have gone down this path without the eternal perspective this church gives me. My writing is fueled by my gospel understanding. I love and work for my family every day, seeing them the way the Lord wishes me to see them. I love the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

When you're a member of this church, you carry a different sort of light with you, a glow, that other people recognize. This is the light that comes from people who are truly happy, and have a true purpose in life, found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I joined this church because I wanted a little bit of that light.

How I live my faith

In this church, the resources available for personal study are incredible. I love to read gospel materials and reflect on how I can better improve my own life. It also gives me a chance to reflect on the love Christ has for each of us.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

This church creates such a united community of friends and family, people who truly care about each other. It also is very daunting to find a group of people who are so committed to their beliefs that they will do anything they have to in order to follow Christ and his teachings and what they believe is right. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women recognize that God created their bodies to bear children. They also recognize that they are more naturally nurturing than men. Their natural place is by their childrens' side, for no one is better qualified for taking care of a child than their own mother, whose body they came out of and relied on for much of the beginning of their existence. We do believe in the equality of men and women. God created men and women to compliment each other. They therefore cannot hold the same roles insofar as the church is concerned. Men are given the responsibility of supporting their families. Women are given the responsibility of the nurture of their children. That does not mean that they can't reverse roles, but they cannot switch responsibilities. Women are still encouraged to get an education, and to get a job if that's in the best interest of their families. They must decide with their husbands what will be in the best interest of their families. The relationship between a man and a woman is a partnership. Show more Show less