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Hi I'm Jessica Leigh Bernard

I am a mother. I am from Vermont and I am a Latter-Day Saint.

About Me

I am a single mom. I am 37 years old. I have social security income. I am an aunt to 2 beautiful children named Emily and Owen. Both of my kids were born on July 2nd one year apart.

Why I am a Mormon

I love Jesus Christ and I want to live on Earth forever. I also want to be sealed to my children in a temple so that we can be together forever. I love all of the sacred rituals (ordinances) in the Latter Day saint Church.

How I live my faith

I do not know if this is right or wrong and I do not want to sound like Shrek, but my faith is like the peels of an onion. There are many layers that are cyclical and repeatedly used. I keep going back in my mind to the night that I was given my testimoney that the church was very possibly true. I was very comfortable in a guest bedroom in my parents' house in Vermont. I had The Book of Mormon on my mind, but had not become a member yet. I go back to the day I met my fiance's mother and she and I did or did not see eye to eye? Then I recall how life was for me in my early teens when it was good. These experiences were all very different for me and it is like I am trying to put a puzzle together until I am whole.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Latter Day Saint temples are used for ordinances... Baptisms for the Dead and Sealings     Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
The Quorum of the 12 Apostles Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Eternal life can happen here on Earth when Jesus Christ returns or it can happen after death. If it happens after death it is very good if you go to The Celestial Kingdom and if you are sealed to your spouse, children or other family members than you get to be with them forever as well. If you are completely righteous than you and your spouse can even go beyond The Celestial Kingdom to become Gods and create your own worlds as God and his wife have.   Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
No Mormons do not only help Mormons. I am a Mormon and I help my aging mother and father and my sister quite often and they are not Mormons. Just today I dusted part of my neighbors' living room and brought them cupcakes, because their little daughter had just had kidney surgery and the grammy had to put the great grandmother in to a nursing home and they are not Mormons. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Joseph Smith, Junior was a Latter Day Saint prophet who was born in Vermont. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
In my ward The Montpelier Ward in Montpelier, VT they asked the Relief Society to always call Mormons... Latter Day Saints. They said that it is more appropriate and that the church approves of that more than calling its members Mormons.   Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 No. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
God tells us that family is important. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
no Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
A husband and wife can be together forever. Families can live together forever in Heaven. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
By not looking at it, buying it or tolerating it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
No. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
The husband's role is to be a righteous leader and to provide and the wife's role is to nurture the children. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
they have to be worthy. No. Baptisms for the dead and sealings.  Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 Yes & yes. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 Thomas S. Monson Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
The entire Book of Mormon is true. Joseph Smith obtained the golden plates from a secure location in NY. The angel Moroni told him where they were. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 God, Jesus Christ and the holy spirit, also the members of the LDS Church and the Latter Day Saint missionaries. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 I think that the people who call The Latter -Day Saint Church a cult do not know enough about The Latter -Day Saint Church.   Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
"In 1973, the first Presidency of The Church if Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement regarding abortion, which is still applicable today 'the church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer'." quoted from mormon.org Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 Self -reliance is important to Mormons, because if there is an emergency like a bad storm and they lose power and access to grocery stores, for example they want food storage and candles and medical supplies so that they can survive. A good example of this are the twisters that just occured in the southern United States and killed around 300 people April 2011. Mormons talk about emergency preparedness, because of "the event leading up to the second coming of Jesus Christ" mormon.org but mostly it is just so that they can be self sufficient in the event of a loss of a job for example. self sufficient/sustainable     Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Three hours long, broken up into three individual hour long sessions or meetings...the service is first and then Sunday school and then the priesthood and relief society meetings are last. For the last hour the men and women are separated...men go to the priesthood meeting and women go to the relief society meeting. Visitors are encouraged and if they are not Latter Day Saints, but they are interested in finding out more about the church they are called "investigators". Yes, you can attend church. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
to not have sex before marriage and once you are married to remain loyal to your spouse... to not commit adultry.  Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
They will give you 7 lessons... one each week. Two of the lessons are... The Words of Wisdom and what the atonement is about... for example. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
The ward/stake/branch are different territories that The Latter -Day Saint Church is divided up in to.  Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Yes, however they know that some of it was changed, wrongly over history, so they read it "with a grain of salt" so to speak. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Because if they tithe God says that He will open the windows of Heaven for them.  Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Jesus can help us to have strong wholesome families and relationships that are rewarding. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
No one really knows for sure, but when Joseph Smith was being persecuted some of the other men... LDS men were killed and the LDS women needed some one to look after them... is one theory.  Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
We are Christians and we accept Jesus Christ as our savior. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Joseph Smith Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Latter Day Saints believe that the Bible is the word of God so long as it is interpreted correctly. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
He has a body just like we do. It has bones in it for example. He loves us. He created us so that we would be happy. He gave us The Book of Mormon. He speaks to us directly through The LDS prophets.   Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 Their story of why they believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -Day Saints is the true church.  Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Modesty and chastity are related because dressing appropriately helps a person to be less likely to be involved in immodest and unchaste behavior. Parents can teach their children to be modest by being good examples themselves of how their children should dress and act. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
10 percent profits from LDS bookstores atleast it was that way back in 1999 and also from tithing from the members of the church and also the missionaries themselves can save up money before they go on a mission.  Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
When Joseph Smith Jr. was 14 years old and Jesus Christ and God appeared to him in "The Sacred Grove" and told him to start The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and that it would be the true church here on Earth and that there was no true church at that time. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
To help needy members of the church or most recently they even helped Japan, members and nonmembers alike after the 2011 earthquake. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
very American and graced with restraint and a love for God and a desire to nurture their family and see their family grow and succeed. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Because God tells us to. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
that it is very important. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 through prayer, faith, repentence, scripture reading, going to church, keeping the sabbath day holy Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
We celebrate all of the normal American holidays and we dress nicely for church, woman wear dresses or skirts, men wear slacks, etc.    Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 The Book of Mormon is an accompaniment to The Bible. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
No. It is a choice.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
After we die we either go to The Terrestial Kingdom, The Telestial Kingdon or The Celestial Kingdom Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Latter Day Saints perform proxy baptisms in their temples for people who have died and do not have bodies, but have decided after death on the other side of the veil that they want to be baptised into The LDS Church.  Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
We have always had the Gospel, but we did not have the fullness of the Gospel with out The Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
The doctrine of grace means that we do as much as we can and that Jesus Christ makes up the rest. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
That it is an ordinance that Moses performed for Jesus Christ. That it is supposed to be done by immersing the person who is being batised in water. That you should pray and repent before being baptised. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Mormons are members of The Latter-Day Saint Church.   Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 through tithing from the church members Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 God & Jesus Christ Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
My children, my pets, my money, my home, when the sun rises and sets, the stars in the sky...The Book of Genisis. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 money, resources, missionary work and educating people on truths like tithing Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Yes. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Because The Words of Wisdom tell us not to. To follow the Words Of Wisdom and if you are going to eat meat to eat it sparingly.   Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 Latter Day Saints believe that the Holy Ghost guides us through life once we are baptised and confirmed into The Latter -day Saint Church. The Holy Ghost is a gift of guidance that God gives to Latter Day Saints who are living virtuous lives. The Holy Ghost brings us closer to God.    Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
NY Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Contact your local LDS missionaries. They are also refered to as elders. They will give you 7 lessons at your home. You will need to give up coffee and tea, alcohol, cigarettes and premarital sex if you are a consumer of any or all of those things. You will need to repent if you have anything to repent for. You will be dressed all in white and they will baptise you, by immersing you in water at your local stake. You can invite anyone that you want to come. Then that same day that you are baptised or the next day you will be confirmed. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 That it is forever and that we can be with our family forever. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
pray and ask the holy spirit to reveal to you whether or not it is true. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
You have to get a Temple Recommend from your ward's bishopric to enter a LDS temple and there is a different set of permissions. You have to be much purer to enter a temple. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 So that we can be healthy physically, mentally and spiritually. God created our spirits and our body houses our spirit. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
The Latter Day Saint Church is against homosexuality. Homosexuality and same sex marriage are important to The Latter Day Saint Church, because of "Family a Proclamation to The World" which declares that it is important that marriage is between a man and a woman to protect the sanctity of marriage. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Latter Day Saints believe that God created us so that we would have happiness. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 So that people who have died can choose to be baptised in to The LDS Church. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
The priesthood is a blessing that men in the church receive when they are living worthily. It means that they have received the same "keys" that Joseph Smith was handed down by God and Jesus Christ. They can perform ordinances with the priesthood such as baptisms for the dead, sealings, blessings, annointing of the sick... It also makes them good leaders as husbands. That is their role in the marriage relationship...to lead.  Show more Show less

What is faith?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 Faith is to believe in something that you can not see. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Because they are called by God. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Yes. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
He died on the cross to redeem us of our sins. The act of him dying on the cross and our relationship to his crucifixtion parallels us taking out a loan, promising to pay it back and then whether or not we do pay it back...that is a good anaolgy for our relationship to God and Christ dying on the cross to redeem us of our sins... Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
That is what God wants them to do. It has to do with the keys of the preisthood which were handed down to Joseph Smith by God and Jesus Christ. John the Baptist baptised Jesus by immersing him in water and we are supposed to be baptised in the same way to be cleansed of our sins after repenting and afterward we can begin our journey walking in the footsteps of Christ, following the ordinances of the church, etc.   Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Joseph Smith translated it from gold plates. He was told where the gold plates were located by the angel Moroni.  Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Joseph Smith was told by God and Christ to have 12 Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
A class for women in The LDS Church. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Some examples of what is done with the tithing that Latter Day Saints pay is they use it for their welfare system. they use it to fund missions. They use it to build temples, for buses for temple trips, for cleaning products for churches and temples, to pay utility bills for churches and temples, for bread for the scarament, for the church's food storage... Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ is like being a part of a world community. I feel much closer to God now that I am a member of The LDS Church. I feel like being a LDS gives me direction. Many LDS church members say that when they go on vacation that they feel right at home when they visit another LDS ward while on vacation.   Show more Show less

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

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Mormon women are thoughtful and good moms for the most part and mostly just like any other women. Mormons strongly believe in equality of men and women, but in the marriage relationship the man is the leader.   Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Mormons do not practice polygamy. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 It has to be done by some one who has God's permission to do it. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Through the gift of the Holy Ghost we can receive guidance to make good decisions, closeness to God and our family, eternal life, happiness ... Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
peace of mind and spirit, a healthier family life, wealth, love, closeness to God, companionship... Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
contact your local missionaries Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 So that other people will become Latter Day Saints.  Show more Show less

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?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Women do not hold the priesthood in the Mormon church because that is just not the way that it is. That is not how God created us. LDS women lead through callings, Relief Society, family and friendships, temple work and also perhaps in atleast some ways by what they do for work outside of the church and through tending to their homes. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
We can still have missionary help after we die. We can have eternal life after we die. We can be with our family forever. Sometimes after death we lose our bodies if we were not living righteously, but we can get them back.  Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
Through prayer, tithing, good works, by following The Words of Wisdom and by behaving how Christ wants us to Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
 Mormons believe that Jesus loves us and that he is the Son of God. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
The atonement of Jesus Christ is when he becomes one with everything. If you break the word apart it is at-one-ment and that is just what it means. It was necessary for Jesus to sacrifice his life so that we can be saved. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Jessica Leigh Bernard
The Word of Wisdom is to not drink any hot drinks like coffee or tea, to not smoke cigarettes, to not drink alcohol and to not do illegal drugs Show more Show less