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Hi I'm Jessie

I grew up on a little island in Maine. I love to climb and adventure outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student, studying English and German. I love to cook (or, more accurately, to eat), dance, sing, read and write. I also have a passion for the outdoors; backpacking, rock climbing, running, swimming, kayaking and sailing being my favorites. Growing up on a small island community in Maine, I spent lots of time adventuring in the forest with my brothers and building tidewalls on the beach. I don't get to spend as much time playing in the sand as I used to, but learning in a classroom is rewarding in its own right. I love language--communication--and learning about the ways God communicates with us, through ideas, feelings, promptings. I am really, really blessed to grow up in the place I did with the family I have.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed enough to grow up in the Mormon faith, but just like someone who is introduced to the church later in life, I had to decide if this was something that I wanted to seriously devote my life to. In high school and college, I spent a lot of time reading the Book of Mormon and Bible, studying what the prophets said, and praying about what I was felt. Most importantly, I "experimented" with what I was learning by acting upon it. I noticed a pattern: when I was living according to the teachings of the gospel, I was happy. I was more able to discern answers to my prayers. I felt peace even in the midst of difficulty. Little by little, I came to know that the Book of Mormon is true scripture from God and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being led by an actual prophet of God. Because of this knowlege, I have the tools to make the right choices in a time when there is so much gray. I have also come to know that Jesus Christ is my personal savior, that He knows my pains perfectly, and from Him comes the strength that I lack to endure difficulty and overcome weakness.

How I live my faith

Currently, I have the blessing of living my faith by serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nebraska! As a missionary, I leave my home for 18 months with the purpose of inviting others to strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ through increased faith, repentance, and baptism. Being a missionary is incredibly rewarding because I get to see firsthand how people's lives are changed as they come to rely upon the Savior. We get to talk to so many incredible people on the streets and in their homes, and I have seen good people become even better as they find joy and peace in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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

I love the scriptures. I grew up reading the Book of Mormon, but in middle school and high school I began a more serious study of the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which I continued through college and now, on my mission. I found that as I read the scriptures, I felt the fruits of the spirit more evident in my life. I was more patient with my friends and family members. I wasn't as afraid or nervous about problems in my life, but I had growing confidence that I was a child of God and that He loved me. Through reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I came to know that God loves all His children, regardless of what continent they were on or in what time they lived, and that I was included in that love! I recieved guidance to my questions, everything from "Where should I work?" to "How does the Atonement apply to me?". On the days I read my scriptures, my heart was happier. It became easier to endure hardship because I had the spirit with me throughout the day. Soon, it became less of a task and more of a thirst to read the word of God. Even if it is hard at first, the Holy Ghost helps us come to understand and then love the scriptures. Show more Show less