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Hi I'm Jayda

I grew up in Georgia, I write, read, and sing to my heart's content, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing. I come from a very musical family, so it's just natural for me. I also love to lose myself in books, whether by reading them, or writing them. I love taking pictures and capturing the beauty of this amazing world that God has given to us. I currently work and go to college, and I'm active in the church. I'm a wife and homemaker, and will someday be a mother, and I'm a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. My mother was a convert and my father had been born and raised in a strict LDS family. Everyone always assumed I had a firm testimony of the Gospel because I knew all of the answers in class, but that didn't mean much to me. I didn't have my own testimony. I relied too much on my parents' testimonies to get me through life. As a child I was diagnosed with a rare tumor on my spine that was inoperable, which causes scoliosis. They did a biposy (it was benign/non-cancerous) but it caused permanent nerve damage to the right side of my body that, if not monitored, can become life threatening, specifically in hot weather conditions. A year later my sister was diagnosed with a rare brian disease and had 2 brain surgeries within 2 months of each other. After so much trial at such a young age I never expected my mom to be diagnosed with yet another rare medical condition when I was 13. She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that often kills its victims. When my parents broke the news to me I was angry with God. I didn't know why He would let His children suffer so much, and I didn't understand why He could just let this happen. One night I was fed up. I couldn't take it anymore. I knelt down in prayer, pleading with God, spilling my heart out to Him, begging Him to make Himself known. I didn't have a true testimony of anything, including if God even existed, or cared. After praying for about an hour, as I was about to end my prayer and give up entirely on the power of God, a scripture popped into my head that I had never read before. As I read it, the tears I had been shedding of anger, pain, saddness, confusion, and frustration melted into tears of happiness, comfort, gratitude, and peace. Over the years I've become stronger and stronger in the Gospel, and though I go through extremely difficult things even today I know that God loves us all and that this Gospel is the true Gospel that will bring us home to His welcoming, beckoning arms.

How I live my faith

I am currently a visiting teacher, and I try to help teach with the Sister Missionaries as often as I can!

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Jayda
The LDS Church helps MANY people of many different races, religions, and in many different countries! In fact, for a Youth activity that we did we went up to Tennessee and helped clean up tornado damage for no charge at all, and all of the people we assisted were of other religions. The Church is often one of the first responders to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, and we try to give to others and serve others as much as possible, regardless of denomination. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." Show more Show less