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Hi I'm Jessel

and I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

About Me

I love to dance, sing, write, try new things, meet new people, paint, listen to music, watch movies, watch live music, travel, explore, etc! I'd like to consider myself a jack of all trades! I go wherever the wind takes me! I grew in Los Angeles, CA and love the city, the weather, the diversity, the smells, the noise, everything about it!

Why I am a Mormon

Something HIT ME and I started to have a change of heart! I then slowly started going to church and also started reading scriptures. One day my mom asked me to pray and ask sincerely if The Book of Mormon was true. She told me that I had to find out on my own and that no one else could tell me whether it was true. For once I actually didn't feel forced to believe in something! It took a few prayers to find the answer because I didn't want to know that it was true, but after the 3rd time, I realized and felt this sense of peace, THIS SURETY, that everything was true. I know with all my heart that the Book of Mormon is true! I have seen changes in my life and others lives because of it!!! I TRULY AND SINCERELY KNOW THAT IT CAN CHANGE ANYONE'S LIFE!!!! Now, I know the way to true happiness!! :) "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; to him that knocketh it shall be opened." How I live my faith: by trying to be like the the Savior each day. It's hard, but the gospel definitely makes it easier by leading/guiding me in the right direction :)

How I live my faith

I never used to believe in God. I grew up Catholic, and was raised with Catholic views, but I felt like I was pressured into something I never felt good about. My grandparents would make me go to church with them and say that my mom is lazy for never going to church and that I don't want to end up like her. I went to church with them every Sunday, but I didn't feel like everything was complete even at an early age. I had the feeling that everything taught to me wasn't the truth. My mom went back to church when my parents divorced at the age of 8. I was so SHOCKED! She asked me to come to church with her and even though I refused to several times, I knew that my mom needed me at the time. So, I went with her and was surprised at how friendly and welcoming everyone was (at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)! I then fell away and went against everything at the age of 11. I was searching "for truth" and I couldn't find it anywhere else, or so I thought! I went through lots of phases at that time and REALLY FAST! I felt like I was growing up faster than my peers were and kept delving in to a lot of experiences that traumatized me at the time. I felt so many emotions all at once that I just collapsed and felt completely helpless/lost. I felt like I had NO ONE to turn to. I tried a couple religions, but NOTHING seemed to work! It felt good for a moment, but I was searching for truth. REAL TRUE HAPPINESS! At 15-16, things started to change. My mom had previously tried to read The Book of Mormon to me, but I refused to listen, and one night when I was completely at the edge, I finally listened and cried when she read a verse to me and I didn't know why!