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Hi I'm Jessica Wynter

I'm a missionary, a student and a believer of truth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Toronto, Canada. I'm learning to love the people here, especially the diversity in this area. I hope to be able to bless the lives of all I come in contact with. Before my mission, I was a student at BYU-Idaho in the Marriage and Family Studies program. I LOVE learning about families and how the Gospel of Jesus Christ can make them stronger. I understand that hard things happen and it's important for families to have the tools to make it through those hard times. Although my ultimate goal is to be a stay-at-home wife and mother, I would love to be a Marriage and Family Therapist if I needed to work. I know that Satan is real and that he wants us all to go through hard things. But I also know that God is real; He is FAR more powerful than Satan; but He will not take away our agency. We must choose to follow His guidance. It is the ONLY way we can be successful in our families.

Why I am a Mormon

Mormonism is more than just a religion; it's a life style. The life I chose to live, based on my beliefs, allows me to be strong and happy. Through the church, I feel confidence in who I am, where I came from, why I'm here, and where I'm going. The story of Joseph Smith touches me each time I read it. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches that Jesus Christ is, in fact, our Savior. I believe this with my whole heart. I also believe in the teaching of Eternal Families. Our Father in Heaven loves each of us and He wants us to be happy. He knows that the best way to do so is with a family, both on earth and after we die. He teaches us these things through living prophets, like Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

Some members of the church choose to serve a full-time mission to share the knowledge we have with others. Currently, I am one of those full-time missionaries. This is giving me the unique opportunity to live my faith 100% of the time I am here. I wear a name tag that distinguishes me as a representative of Jesus Christ. I live an extremely high standard and choose to do so in order to help others strengthen their faith. I try to be exactly obedient to what Heavenly Father wants me to do. By doing so, I am coming closer to Him and His Son, Jesus Christ.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jessica Wynter
We believe that grace the power by which we can be saved. This wonderful blessing is available through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He died and paid for our sins so that we can be forgiven. God is just, and Christ paid our debt. It is by grace that we are saved "after all WE can do." (2 Nephi 25:23) In that verse, 'we' refers to our efforts along with Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jessica Wynter
One word that I like to use to describe our church service is "reverent." We consider church to be a place of worshiping the Lord and growing spiritually. We have 3 meetings: Sacrament meeting (also known as communion in other churches) is the most important meeting. There, we sing hymns and listen to members of the congregation share thoughts and experiences that strengthened their faith. Although the topic varies, Jesus Christ is the center of all we believe. We also partake of the Sacrament, which is bread and water passed to the congregation in remembrance of the sacrifice Christ made for us. We hold Sunday School, where we learn from one another. In most areas, there will be a class specifically for people who are new and learning more about our church. There, you are welcome to ask questions and learn from others who are learning. For the last meeting, men and women go to separate classes. Women go to what is called Relief Society. There they learn how to be better women, wives, and mothers. Men go to what is called Priesthood. There they learn how to be better men, husbands, and fathers. During the last two hours, there are also classes available for youth ages 12-18 and children of all ages. You do not need to be a member of the church in order to attend; all are welcome. You can find a location near you at mormon.org/meetinghouse. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jessica Wynter
No, not all members of the church are required to serve missions. Young men, usually at age 18 or 19, are generally expected to serve a mission; it is considered a "duty". However, we all have our agency and we all prayerfully make decisions for our own lives. For women, it is an option. One that I am so grateful we have. I prayed and felt strongly that I needed to serve a mission. But that is not the case for all men and women. Jesus Christ taught, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations." We take that seriously and believe that we should always be a missionary in word and deed. But that does not mean we all must serve missions. I consider it a privilege. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Jessica Wynter
The only way we can achieve Eternal Life is through the Saviour, Jesus Christ. We cannot attain that goal any other way. The only person who lived a perfect life and had the ability to pay for our sins was the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Faith, to me, is living your life according to the knowledge that He can help you. Yes, it is possible to have faith in some other person, including yourself. But that faith will be in vain if your ultimate goal is Eternal Life and Salvation. Show more Show less