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Hi I'm Jayci

I love life, I love sunshine in the sky and in my soul, I'm serving in the New York Rochester Mission, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love to be outdoors every minute that I can- hiking, rock climbing, boating, biking, you name it! If I have to be inside, I'm happy to curl up with a good book or play a competitive round of Scrabble. I've had the privilege of delighting in life through the eyes of inquisitive children as a nanny for the past few years, mingled with a handful of other jobs and a semester here and there of college. When I do finally finish school, my majors are International and Literary Studies. My work and interests have led me to spend time in Seattle area, Northern Utah, Northern and Southern California, Wyoming, the Australian Outback, Tasmania, Fiji, Southeast Alaska, and Western New York- so far. I love to explore the world around me and meet new people. I believe that no matter where you are, it's the people who matter, and it's your attitude toward them that will make or break your adventure. I love Heavenly Father, and I owe Him everything. I felt that the best way I could start giving back to Him would be with a little service... So, here I am, serving in the New York Rochester Mission until August 2012!

Why I am a Mormon

In high school, I was your average All American Girl... a cheerleader, a singer, a lifeguard... and friends with all the wrong people. I loved them, and I still love many of them, but they were people who encouraged me to make choices that only brought instant gratification, not lasting happiness. During this period of inactivity in the church, I know that I had a full time team of guardian angels working to protect me, as well as the prayers of many people who cared about me. One day, after everything in the world had gone wrong, I was blessed with the presence of mind to start thinking about where I wanted to be twenty years down the road. As I evaluated the paths of my friends and family members, I realized that the people who had taken the path I was on were not where I wanted to end up. All of the people who I did want to be like, however, had gotten there through the gospel of Jesus Christ. I wasn't sure how it would work, but I figured the gospel was a good place to start. Each day since then, my testimony has grown stronger as I've learned the plan that Heavenly Father has for me. Now, I'm a Mormon because I know that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father who loves me so much that He called Joseph Smith as a prophet to restore the true Church of Jesus Christ on the Earth. I'm a Mormon because I know that Heavenly Father answers my prayers, I know He knows me and cares about me personally, and I know that He revealed the Book of Mormon as a tool to guide me through life. I'm a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has had the power to act in God's name- the priesthood- restored and that through it, we can be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, be healed and comforted, and be with our families forever. Where much is given much is required... I've been blessed beyond measure, and the best way that I see to start giving back is by keeping God's commandments and sharing His gospel with everyone!

How I live my faith

I live my faith out loud! As a missionary, I have the opportunity to spend eighteen months working (uncompensated financially) to serve the Lord with all my heart, might, mind, and strength. My job as a missionary is unique because while I have a proselyting area like normal missionaries, I spend half my time showing visitors the historic sites in the Palmyra New York area. These sites include the Joseph Smith Farm and the Sacred Grove, the Book of Mormon Publication Site, the Hill Cumorah, and the Peter Whitmer Farm, where the church was first organized. My mission also uses online tools, such as blogs and Facebook, to make contact with and teach local people. No matter what my method is, however, my purpose is always the same: To invite others to come unto Christ!