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Hi I'm Jess

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Australia. I love animals. My best friend converted me.

About Me

At the moment I'm still a student studying zoology. I've always found animals more interesting, as weird as that sounds. I am the oldest of 5 girls, my youngest sister being only 6 years old. I would love to have 5 children when I am older. I spent my childhood growing up by the beach so it is one of my favoutite things to do. I love to swim, play games, build sandcastles or just read in the sun. Another of my favourite things to do is read. I absolutely love fantasy/sci fi. Getting through a book a week is no problem for me. My house is just filled with books. I really love to travel. So far I have been to Japan, the U.S.A and Bali. I have never been to Salt Lake City but I'm planning a trip there in the very near future. I'm very excited to see the home of our Church. I also want to travel to Europe. It is filled with history and I love things like that. My best is my rock and she introduced me to the church. Joining the church was a very big part of my life and I couldn't have done it without her.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons why I am a mormon but the main one being is I believe in Christ and that this is the true church. When I first heard of the church I was only 16 but I wasn't ready to join then. A few years later I met my best friend and she was a mormon. At first this didn't matter to me but as time went on I saw how different her life was to mine and how happy she was. I saw something in her that I couldn't define. At first I decided to go back to my own previous church but as time wore on I found myself more intrested in the LDS faith. One day she showed me The Book of Mormon. I knew at that moment if I opened it there would be no going back. So I opened it. That was when she asked me if I wanted to be taught the first lesson. I took a little time to think it over but I knew the answer was yes. From that day on she taught me everything about the church. What jokes in movies meant, how to pray and many many other things. Barely a month later I was baptised. In some ways it was a hard process but I would never go back to the way I was before. Once I was baptised I knew I had found something that I didn't even know I was missing. Following Christ is one of the easiest things I could ever hope to do.

How I live my faith

I always try to live my faith to the utmost of my ability. And then try some more. At the moment I'm a teacher and I teach 3 year olds. They are so beautiful to teach and it is such an amazing feeling when a week later they remember what they have been taught. They are like little mini sponges and take in everything that you say. Every week I always use the scriptures and tell my kids how important it is to always read them and learn from them. Even at the age of 23 I'm always learning from the scriptures and I want to pass this on to my kids. I always do my best in visiting the other women in the ward. This can be difficult when everyone has such busy lives and schedules but I've found that if I really want to do it then a way is always possible. Whether I visit 6 people or only 3. I try to live my faith at work as well but this is much harder. But my friends at work know not to swear around me and not to organise activities on a Sunday so I like to think I'm having a positive influence on them. One thing I love to do is write to the many missionaries around the world, especially those in my own ward, although I write to missionaries from other wards too. They always appreciate hearing from those back home and its fun to tell them the goings on of life back here.

What is faith?

For many faith is a complex thing to understand but in essence it means to hope for things which are not seen but are true. You can't just 'have' faith. It is an action and something that needs to be sought after. Like with many things in order to have faith you need to work for it. If you are obedient to God's commandments, study His word and have a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside of you. Show more Show less