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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a new mother, and an Interior Designer. My family is my first priority, and they give me immense joy in my life. I am so grateful for an occupation that allows me to set my hours around these beautiful people while giving me an opportunity to keep my skill set current as a designer. I chose to become an Interior Designer to help people thrive in their homes, but have found a new niche Hospitals. I am hired to decrease healing times through design. My current project is a Dialysis Center in Northern Utah, aimed to treating depression and helping patients to cope with their traumatic medical conditions. I also help individuals combat depression in their homes through lighting, color, and art--these gentle, consistent, and pleasant distractions that help them cope and heal. I find that design is a very spiritual process, and having the Holy Ghost with me aids me in discerning the impact of my decisions. The gospel also helps to buoy me up, aiding me in balancing my life and emphasizing all that is great and good.   

Why I am a Mormon

Because I love Christ. I know in Whom I trust. I recognize His power in this church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is His Church, and Pres. Monson is His servant. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ, and Joseph Smith Jr. was His prophet who translated it with His power and Spirit. I've pondered, studied, and prayed to my God to know if these things are true, and I have the sustaining affirmation that this is my Lord's restored and complete gospel. I rejoice to have this sure knowledge and the peace that pours from it.  

How I live my faith

I help others to feel the strength, vitality, and hope that Christ has bestowed in me. From Christ's example at first feeding the multitude before further teaching, I've learned that you must lift their spirits as you lift their hands and strengthen their knees. I volunteer to help members in my community combat depression through better design in their homes and hospitals. My husband and I teach culinary skills and give our recipes, planning guides, and food discounts out to help families through this scanty time. We organize community classes on emergency preparation, disaster relief, food storage, and abuse prevention. We also celebrate our community with neighborhood parties, family reunions, baby showers, and secret Santas. Life is so good, and there is so much to celebrate!

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Women, by divine role, hold the capacity to be mothers, to carry and bear and nurture life. That is a tremendous responsibility that requires vigil effort and time. Men, by divine role, hold the capacity to preside and provide/protect through the power of God, or priesthood, with great emphasis on protecting and honoring women for their selfless devotion to their role's obligations. Authority in the priesthood comes from the laying on of hands from ordained men, charting back to Christ Himself; but the power from the priesthood comes only through righteous living. Each gender are given these attributes based on roles, not merit; but both are recipients of the blessings and covenants of the priesthood. They, men and women, are equal partners bringing life, strengthening others, bringing comfort and healing, and teaching the truths of the gospel. They, men and women, knee together and enter into the highest priesthood covenant -- marriage-- together. Women are vital to the church's organization and operation. They hold key leadership roles that assist families, youth, infants, and adults in organizations like the Relief Society, Young Women, Young Men, Primary, and Nursery. They teach and assist others in living healthy, happy, and satisfying lives and in strengthening individual's faith and knowledge in our Savior's love and Atonement. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

You can stop the spread and influence of pornography by realizing what great harm it actually does. It is not harmless. It is a sexual addiction that corrodes relationships and is always found in abuse and extortion. Speak up and let others know you condemn pornography. Build communities that harbor safety, fidelity, and chastity. Be proactive in combating abuse by exposing its many forms. And most importantly, be an example of one who lives in harmony with Christ's teachings of reverence, humility, and love. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

It's devotion to honoring all that is most sacred in this life. The law of chastity is beyond a dress code or dating standards; it is the realization that you have a great capacity for creating and sustaining life. When you love someone, truly love someone, you would cringe at the thought of them doubting your fidelity. That is why your words, actions, allusions, and dress should clearly state your intentions to being morally clean. By abstaining from lude behavior or sexually intimacy before my marriage, and I was preserving the most sacred part of life for someone who would respect and honor me for a lifetime. Marriage offers that mutual trust, that devotion decreed in every way -- legally, physically, spiritually-- that nurtures the most tender and fulfilling relationships in life. Show more Show less