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Hi I'm Jessilee

I'm a student, an aspiring food scientist, a huge Colorado Rockies fan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

If there is anything anyone would need to know about me to know me better it would be that I am a food science major. I talk about it all the time. I usually insert myself in a conversation just to answer something about food like why a fruit is a certain color or what makes better cookie dough in higher altitude. Currently I work at a taste testing facility on my campus, and no i don't personally taste the food, I help set up. I have also worked many years in the past at my parents machine shop where I did all sorts of tasks from computers to cleaning to finishing parts to working with some machines. I'm from Colorado and I am a HUGE Colorado Rockies Baseball fan, but the spectating ends there. I played soccer since I was 5, and I enjoy playing basketball, softball, volleyball and tennis. Being in college I'm now even beginning to like ultimate Frisbee. I bake when I'm bored and then have to give away all the food I make so I don't eat it all, and so I can make some friends with my neighbors. I love my family. I am the youngest and I'm probably spoiled but I'm not complaining. Our family loves games and especially loves card games.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon. I've been going to the same church since I was born. Because I am a younger adult, I'd have to say that most of my life I had been keeping my faith and belief in the church based on the feelings and beliefs of others around me. Gaining my own testimony of the church was a gradual process so when I was younger it was okay that I had help from family and family friends at church. Something that sort of intimidated me at church was when people would say that they "believed beyond a shadow of a doubt" that the church was true. Of course they weren't trying to intimidate anyone but, this made my underdeveloped belief and faith in the church feel invalid because I could not say the same for myself. However, I now know that my testimony was building and was just as valid. It wasn't until high school that I really began to act for myself and obtained a testimony of the church that could stand alone. I wan't going to church because anyone was making me. I even went to church every week day in high school at 6AM on my own accord the years I was old enough to drive myself. Most of my faith grew in a slow progression but at times it grew in big leaps especially after a friend in high school had passed away. Now that i'm on my own at college I'm seeing first hand how having a testimony of missionary work, temples, prayer, modern revelations, personal revelation, and so much more has blessed my life as I can share it with the people I interact back home and at school. I also know that my Heavenly Father loves me and that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The official name of the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which shows how the church is Christ centered. We center Christ in our lives by following his example and try to serve others as he did. I like this question because it asks how do I live my faith which suggests that the being a member of this church is a devotion to a lifestyle 24/7 and is not a once a week thing. Sometimes I help in the community. A few weeks ago I, along with 300 other Mormons from my home town, helped renovate the grounds of a very old high school in the area. To also keep with this lifestyle there are many opportunities inside the church to serve as well. Once a person is old enough and able they are usually extended a calling as directed by their bishop. Callings are like jobs within the church structure but they are not paid by money and are motivated by the love we have for each other. Some of my callings have lead me to help people I have never met, while others help me to know people well by visiting with specific women to check on them and give them a spiritual message once a month. I also try to live the faith everyday through some basic, yet important steps, by studying scripture and praying daily.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

As members of the LDS faith we try our best to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Arguably some of his best sermons were not what he said but what he did. Christ administered to the needy and sick, giving selflessly of his time and ultimately of himself. Members of the LDS faith will find it harder to serve others when they themselves are in need. Self-reliance frees a person's mind from worrying about their life, giving them time to put their energy towards helping others around them and in their community. In general, being prepared for any emergency can end up liberating you. Making decisions now to fortify any temporal, emotional, and even spiritual needs in your life keeps your from being trapped when the, proverbial or literal, storms disrupt your life. Show more Show less