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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a photographer. I'm a dreamer. I'm an avid Jane Austen fan. I'm a blood clot survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Jessica and I love life! I just finished my freshman year at college and I'm pursuing an Accounting degree. I've been a Mormon my entire life and I am very grateful for its presence in my life. I started my own photography business after my Junior Year in High School and it is my greatest hobby. One of the most profound service projects I've ever done was helping twenty five children from Kenya in a festival at our capitol for a month. I truly came to love each and every one of them, and I began to understand that God really loves everyone regardless of class, color, or personality. We are all his children. If I could do one thing for an entire day, I would sit and watch classic Jane Austen movies. I absolutely love the time period and the appropriate romance that they convey. My family is a huge part of my life. I don't think I wouldn't be the person who I am today had it not been for my parent's examples of strength and faith. Family is one of the foundations of my life, and it's something that will never truly leave me. Little did I know that one day my fantasy life would change. I woke ke up and found my left leg swollen from a three foot blood clot that was threatening my life. Had it not been for the Lord and his goodness, I wouldn't be here right now. I have learned so much patience through medications and the compression sock. Some people see it as a burden, I see it as I'm grateful to be alive, let alone have my leg working.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel privledged to have been born into a multigenerational mormon family line. Yet there was a period after I got baptized where I was evaluating why I had gotten baptized. Had I gotten baptized for the pleasure of others? Or for my own personal testimony? I received my answer through the gift of song. I had the opportunity of soloing for an EFY closing fireside and as I sang "I am a Child of God", I felt God himself as I had never felt before. I felt as if he was standing there beside me, pushing me on. I was engulfed in a sea of true joy. This experience helped me understand why I became a Mormon. Being a Mormon is not the easy path. For me, being a Mormon is a responsibility of standing up against temptations and pressure. There have been times where I have felt so weak, so alone, so misunderstood by my peers, teachers, and neighbors because I won't conform to what I know is not right. I didn't get baptized to think that it was going to be easy, but I knew it would be worth it. I know that God is not going to ever abandon me. I will only feel alone for a short period before my Heavenly Father wraps his spirit around me and whispers softly "You can do this". He has faith in me. He has faith in you. Knowing that there is a God who is never going to leave me helps me appreciate being a Mormon. I know that if I do my part, live my life to its best capability and beyond, and follow the commandments which he has provided, I will be able to return to him alongside my family and friends. And finally, after all of the trials are completed, when the tests are finished, the Savior himself will greet me with his loving arms and tell me that what I did was worth it in the end, and that eternity will be my reward. I am a Mormon because I want to be eternally happy, and I do that by following his teachings, loving my friends and my enemies, and serving everyone.

How I live my faith

One of the greatest experiences in living my faith was serving the women in our ward as a second counselor. I felt that it was my duty in my leadership position to help each sister feel appreciated, because it can be difficult in a transition stage to college. As the year progressed, I found individual ways to show appreciation for each sister. Some needed someone to listen to. Others just appreciated a kind smile and a simple greeting. By the end of the school year, I had come to know and love each sister individually. Every soul truly is great in the sight of God.