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Hi I'm Jessi

I'm an avid reader, a passionate learner, and a devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Second only to my faith, my family and my friends is my passion for knowledge and learning. I have a university Bachelor of Arts degree and - while my formal education is finished for now - I hope to continue my informal education throughout the rest of my life, especially since the most important things I have learned have been through simply living. I love to read, to try new foods, to travel and experience new cultures. I love being outdoors amidst the beautiful creations that surround us, to stand on mountains, walk on beaches and sit absorbing the stillness of redwood forests. Through each of these life experiences I learn and grow, but more importantly, I gain an appreciation for everything that God has provided for me - for us - to enjoy and find happiness in this mortal existence. I work as a marketing professional, where I am able to create with others a combination of words and imagery that help people to see things from a different perspective. I love the sense of accomplishment that comes from a job well done, but ultimately feel that my greatest achievements in this life will not come in an office, behind a desk. They will come in my home, though my experiences with my husband, parents, siblings, friends... and someday with my own children.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been Mormon all my life, and some people I've met have said, "Well sure, that means you're Mormon by default." Nothing could be further from the truth. While I am so grateful to my parents, grandparents and other ancestors for passing their faith and beliefs down to me, I can tell you honestly that I choose my own faith every day, and I choose to be Mormon. It is as much a part of who I am as my heart, my hands and my red hair. I am Mormon because I know that this faith and religion is - in name, in principle and in practice - The Church of Jesus Christ. It is His church, organized in the same manner as it was when He walked the dusty paths of Israel. The principles that we learn and teach are His teachings, His principles, His Gospel - and we are His Latter-Day Saints, charged with living as He did, according to His teachings, and sharing that message with others through how we live and the things we say. I am Mormon because I have felt in my heart the truthfulness of the principles I have been taught since I was a small child. I know that through my Savior Jesus Christ I can be saved, redeemed to return to live with Him, my Heavenly Father and my own earthly family forever - so long as I live worthy of His atoning sacrifice. I know that to remain worthy of His grace and mercy, even amidst my imperfections, I must simply do the best I can. The amazing power of the Atonement is that when I am doing my best, Jesus Christ - the great mediator - fills in the gaps that I cannot fill up myself. I know that Jesus Christ knows me, individually, personally and by name. He knows my strengths, weaknesses, trials, needs and hurts. He makes my "impossibles" possible. He helps me become the person I need to become, each and every day. And I know He loves me - unconditionally - through it all.

How I live my faith

I am a Mormon, and I am a Christian. I try my best each day to live my life as He would and to see others as He sees them. I have found that for me one of the best ways to share my faith is simply to live it. And with my faith such an integral part of my life, it cannot help but creep into my everyday conversations. I do my best to keep smiling, even when it's not easy... and I love to laugh, to enjoy life, to see the wonder in the simplest of God's creations and tender mercies. I have the wonderful opportunity to serve each Sunday in our program for children aged 18 months to 12 years; we call it the Primary. I love to see their faces light up when they look at pictures of Jesus and listen to stories about His life and teachings. Their special spirits are so strong, so eager to feel the love of the Savior. As I see hear their sweet testimonies each week, my own is strengthened and I am reminded of how much my Savior loves me too. I also have the opportunity to serve in the temple; it is - besides my own home - my very favorite place on earth. The beauty and strength of the temple structures themselves are perfect symbols of the beauty of the holy ordinances we perform within their walls and the strength we feel after serving those who have gone before us. I feel closer to my Heavenly Father, to Jesus Christ and to my own family when I visit the temple.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Jessi
As with all callings in our church, prophets are called and directed by God. We are told both through ancient scripture and modern-day revelation that God's house (Israel) is a "house of order" (D&C 88:119), that He is "the same yesterday, today, and forever" (2 Nephi 27:23), and that His words "shall all be fulfilled whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same" (D&C 1:38). We know that because God does not change, the order of things cannot change and must be the same in structure and principle as they were in ancient times. God has called prophets to lead His people since the days of Adam and Eve, both spiritual and secular leaders, to be His mouthpiece here on Earth. Just as in ages past, we have been blessed with prophets in our day to lead us, guide us, council us, warn us, call us to repentance and love us as God loves us. I testify that Joseph Smith, Jr. was called of God to restore His church in these last days. He was a man of God; he spoke with God, and God spoke to him. I know that Thomas S. Monson is God's mouthpiece and prophet today and that he receives revelation from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that allows him to lead us down the pathway that leads us back to our Heavenly Family. Show more Show less