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Hi I'm Jessica Sedgwick

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the "Bible belt" of the South in a family of 11 kids. My family was an anomaly, and I liked being unique. We were normal in just about every other way, though. We took music lessons, played soccer, went to church, and played with friends. Now my husband and I are raising our own 5 young children, and we are discovering the joys and challenges of parenthood! I don't think a day goes by that I don't wonder how my mom did it! Although most of my time is spent driving to and from school, lessons, activities, and racing to finish homework so we can get to bed on time (oh yeah, and figuring out what to make for dinner somewhere in there), I'm trying to perfect the ability to enjoy the small moments and the things that matter most: listening to my 6-year-old read in Spanish, jumping on the trampoline with my Pre-schooler, kissing my baby's soft cheeks, cheering for my son as he plays hard in his game, and listening to my daughter excitedly tell me about the perfect location of her first middle school locker! My husband and I are nearly opposites, but we are perfect for each other. He keeps us all laughing and helps us remember what's most important. He is a miracle to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long family line of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I chose to be baptized when I was 8. I've always been blessed with the gift of faith, and my testimony has continued to grow as I've grown up in the church. I love the family culture and values of the church, but the reason my life "revolves" around the gospel is because I know it is true, and I know it is my Heavenly Father's plan for happiness. When I'm doing what I know is right, I feel peace and joy in my life. When I'm not, I feel frustration and loneliness. But I know that I can pray to a Father in Heaven who knows me personally, loves me perfectly, and wants me to be happy. He has given his Son, Jesus Christ, to us so that we can return to live with Him and with our families forever.

How I live my faith

Everyone has the same number of hours in the day, right? But some days just seem to flow better and be more productive than others. I've realized that when I start the day off right, with prayer and scripture study (and exercise!), I have a better day....I'm kinder to my kids, I'm more organized and productive, and I'm happier, which means my family is happier. There's always more that all of us can do to serve others, but we're all doing the best we can with the time and resources we've been given. At this point in my life, most of my time is spent serving my family. Occasionally I'll find opportunities to make dinner for a friend in need, visit someone who needs some attention, or distribute items to those in need. I appreciate those rare opportunities to see and serve beyond my own little world. Many of those opportunities come through "visiting teaching", where we, as women, are assigned a few other women in the Church to "look after." I was recently given the calling of ward choir director. I've been a musician all my life and sung in many choirs, but this is the first time I've ever directed a choir. I was really nervous at first, and I still get nervous and practice a lot in front of the mirror, but I love that I'm learning a new skill and putting some of my knowledge to use. I appreciate the opportunity to develop a talent when I otherwise would have never known that I love being a choir director!

What is faith?

Jessica Sedgwick
Faith is hope for things which are not seen, which are true. Hope comes because of faith, which is demonstrated by our desires and actions for good. Faith can become an anchor to our souls, propelling us to good works. I think of it as a cycle, where faith and hope continue to grow along with good works. Sometimes great miracles are witnessed as a result of our faith being tried. Sometimes those great miracles are simply changes within ourselves. Show more Show less