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Hi I'm Jessie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to the most wonderful man for 3 1/2 years. We met while attending college, where I studied Elementary education. But now I am a happy, stay at home mom to our two sweet little boys. There is nothing else I would rather be doing than raising our boys. Our life isn't perfect, but we are working on it a day at a time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a Mormon family. But I am a Mormon today not just because I was raised a Mormon, but because I truly believe, for myself, that this is Christ's church on the earth. I have studied the principles of this church. I have read the Book of Mormon several times, and most importantly, I have prayed to my Father in Heaven to help me know if it is true or not. Through promptings that I know are the Holy Ghost, God has proved to me that this is His church. Those promptings come in the form of peace, warm comforting feelings, and also assurances to my mind that this is His church, and this is where He wants me to be. I believe that the Bible is the word of God. I believe that the Old Testament was preparatory to the birth of Jesus Christ. I believe that when Christ was on the earth he established His church. I believe that when He was crucified, and after all of his apostles were killed, the church that He established with His authority fell apart. I believe that in 1820 a 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith was desperately looking for a church to join, and he was confused as to which was the true church of Christ. I believe that he went into a grove of trees to pray and ask which church God would have him join. I truly believe that God the Father and His son Jesus Christ appeared to him. I believe they told him to join none of the churches. I believe that they used Joseph Smith as the first prophet in the latter days to re-establish the same church that Christ had set up while He was on the earth. I believe that Joseph Smith, through the authority of Jesus Christ, translated The Book of Mormon, and I believe that it is the word of God along with the Bible. Most of all I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I believe that He lived for me, atoned for me, and died for me. I believe that this is His church on the earth today. I love it and I am grateful a member of it.

How I live my faith

I believe whole heartedly that this is Jesus Christ's church, so I feel that it is important that I do what He asks of me. One of those things is attending my church meetings; which means 3 hours of church every Sunday. The first hour is what we call Sacrament meeting, which is the main meeting of the day. We take the Sacrament (bread and water) to remember the covenants we made to become members of this church, and re-commit ourselves to obey the commandments. Then for the rest of the meeting, different assigned speakers of the congregation give short speeches about topics/principles of the church. The next meeting is Sunday School. Everyone is split up according to age. There is a class for young children ages 3-12. Another class for teenagers 12-18, and also a class for adults. Here we study different books of the scriptures and discuss them. I help teach the class for the young children. I love having the opportunity to teach them, and often times, I learn more from them than the will ever learn from me! Then for the last hour, we split off into classes according to gender and age. Three hours may seem like a long time to be at church, but since we change classes every hour, it actually goes by quickly. I really enjoy my time spent at church; I look forward to it every week. There is also a program for women called Visiting Teaching, where each woman is assigned 2 or 3 other women to go and visit once a month and share a short spiritual message. It is also designed to help women with different circumstances, for instance if they just had a baby, or are sick, or need help moving, or just simply need a friend to talk to. That information would be received by the visiting teacher during her monthly visit, then she would pass it on the the appropriate leader of the church, or just find a way to help the woman herself. It is a way to stay informed on the needs of each woman in the church. I participate in and really appreciate that program.