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Hi I'm Jodie

I write lyrics and songs on the guitar. I love capturing feelings through music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small farm town and loved the down-to-earth feeling there. My high school was very small, about 90 in my graduating class. I was very shy growing up and lived in fear of judgement. Not having too many friends to choose from I kept to myself a lot. I didn't have very much self-confidence, but I had amazing older siblings and parents who were my best friends. I ran track in high school and had an amazing coach. I really learned endurance and faith through track. I learned what it was like to work for something as a team. My track team was undefeated all five years I ran for varsity, and there was a great sense of tradition and family and honor. We didn't want to let the tradition down, so we trained hard. I also love music. I started writing songs on the guitar half way through my freshman year of college. I felt like I could express my emotions through music, and it was very releasing. I have written about ten songs since. Since coming to college I feel like I am a diferent person. I made decisions in the beginning of the year to not live my life by fear. I am so much happier because of those decisions. It has been gradual, but I have no problem getting up and singing in front of or going up and saying hello to or making friends with people anymore.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon, but my parents raised me to make my own choices. They were never controling, but they taught me what they believed and expected me to go to church and study on my own. So I did. My home was a learning atmosphere where I could ask questions and get advice. It was happy and I felt loved. I was the only Mormon in my high school, which was very difficult especially becuase I was shy. And there is such a misunderstanding of our faith. And it is very hard when not very many people see the same ways that you do. Or understand what will make them and others around them happy, which is what life is about. I saw the comparison between the good and happiness I had in my family and the confusion and lack of foundation I saw at school. All my personal beliefs have home in the Mormon faith. Everything makes sense to me and I am happy. I know who I am. I know where I am going. I know how to get there. I know there is always hope of eternal happiness. I know that I have to take responsibility and live according to the natural laws of happiness, which makes sense. I feel like I have always known that this Church was God's true organization for us. But that knowledge has most definitely been gradually strengthened and proved.

How I live my faith

I attend Church on Sunday and our various activities throughout the week. Church is three hours on Sundays. One hour of Sacrament Meeting, in which we partake of the Sacrament and listen to Church members speak on assigned topics (which they have prepared ahead of time). One hour of Sunday School, in which men and women are in the same class and are taught by a teacher (who is a church member assigned to that calling). And one hour when men and women have separate lessons. There are Churchwide manuals that the teachers use to teach from. No one aspires to callings, and no one is paid to have a calling in a ward. I always learn new things in Church and I remember the promises I made when I was baptized when I take the Sacrament. I also live my faith throughout the week by studying the Book of Mormon or Bible a little bit everyday. The experiences the people in the scriptures had help me make my own decisions and learn about life and truth. I pray when I wake up and when I go to bed. No prayer is the same, becuase prayer is talking to God. What new things am I worried about or what should I do in this situation or what little blessing from Heaven was I thankful for? I also live my faith by love. God loves us and wants us to return to Him. So we should love and help each other. The Mormon Church has many organizations focused on love for others. I try to live my life with a loving attitude toward everyone.