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Hi I'm Jessi

I grew up 15 minutes outside DC in Maryland. I am a full time college student. I am also partially deaf

About Me

I am a college student and I love psychology. I grew up in the church and am the youngest of three children. I am also deaf in one ear and grew up around other kids with disabilities because of it. Frankly with being deaf people find it a weakness but to me it is a strength and I have learned a lot about myself because I never let it get to me. It has also taught me not to judge others because no one can tell what is wrong with me until I say what it is. I truly love my life and love everyday that I am here.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but I did not become active until I was twelve because I am from an inactive family. I did not get my testimony however until I was nineteen years old. This was two years after I almost died due to a mistake by a doctor and after some rehabilitation. It is because of a voice telling me to hold on in my darkest hour that I am here and can truly say I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by attending the temple regularly. I actually go twice a week and I love it. I also am an indexer for my ward and thus I get to transcribe old papers onto the internet so that others can read them to do things like genealogy. I visit teach two girls and it is amazing. I love listening to them and teaching them. We have become good friends and I love being able to share my stories and cooking with them. In my community I also go to an elderly home once a week and get to do things with the elderly and talk to them. I love to help out in my community and always love to lend a helping hand to those who need it. 

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

Jessi
Mormon women are just like all the other women out there. We have heartbeats and brains and we use them. Some of us can cook and some cannot like some roommates I have had, but we all have our own abilities example: I cannot knit if my life depended on it but I am an awesome lab partner for biology and I am a good chef. I am also doing research at my university and I rock at it. For those who grew up in the church we were taught to have faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue. Thus we tend to be respectful and most Mormon girls tend to lean towards having a family, but we also are taught to not wait for a family and to go to college. The church wants women to get an education because you never know what will happen and you should not put your life on hold to wait for the perfect man. Thus in conclusion women in the church are just like women in the world except we hold our values high and we believe in the importance of family. We do believe in equality of men and women. The reason women do not have the priesthood however is because I was taught we have something they do not. We have to power to create life and to hold life in us. Men cannot do this since they cannot bear a child. They can only help to create them and thus they have the priesthood; it is equal in a way but people tend not to think about it. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jessi
Not all Mormons are required to serve a mission. After all I am not. The ones that do are usually men since that is kind of like their coming of age is to go on a mission at the age of nineteen. There they grow up, fall in love with the people there, and love the area they served. They come back, go to school, get married and live a normal life. There are however some whom are honorably excused for some reason. For example those with mental illnesses usually serve special missions. Or those with issues with things such as knees (if severe) they do not serve. Women can choose to serve at the age of twenty one. However instead of a two year mission they serve for eighteen months. This is totally up to them. They do not have to serve, but can if they want to. Also a mission is not just being shipped off to wherever they send you, but I actually have friends whom do service missions. These are special missions where you serve about one day a week. They tend to be less strict. Like my friend on one can date, get married, go to school, or do whatever she wants with her life as long as she obeys our rules. These missions entitle doing service like she works at a center distributing basically holy goods to members. Missions do have a few things in common though. People serving them can be sent or be from anywhere around the world, they a voluntary and do not get paid, and they may sign up for it, but the church calls them to an area (they do not choose) Show more Show less