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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a business owner, actuary, mom, a saint and a sinner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a hypomanic, high-achieving, motivated woman. I received my undergrad in applied math, economics, and actuarial science. After working as an actuarial assistant in retirement consulting for a year, I went back to school for my MBA in investment management. I've ran mortgage companies since 2005 and am developing an actuarial training/research program within my current company. I like to listen to music, spend time with my family, play outdoor sports and engage in service-related activities. I still use the same macroblade rollerblades that I got in 6th grade. I grew up playing soccer but focused on school when I got to college. I have young kids, a needy husband, and always a phone call or two coming in. I don't have a nanny nor a tidy house but I try hard to give my kids a good life and I teach them all I can. We often do random acts of kindness or find ways to serve those around us because of the happiness it brings us to help others. My husband and I understand the struggles of marriage but also the benefits of marriage therapy that help lessen the amount of struggles we can't seem to get through without blood, sweat, and/or tears. He's there for me and I'm there for him. We believe in each other, in our kids, and in our family. We try to help our kids see the benefits in growing strong relationships and strive to emulate the behavior we hope for them to have as adults some day. Christ is the center of our family's focus and we try to follow Him in all we do.

Why I am a Mormon

I understand the test of faith this life is about. I never understood why we were here and trying so hard to be good people. I really wanted to feel content and know that my efforts were for a reason. It took me a long time to not seek wordly rewards. I finally understood that no matter how much we have here, it's nothing compared to the Kingdom and blessings promised by our Hevenly Father and Jesus Christ. All I had to do was make the choice to follow two simple principles; love God and Jesus with all my heart and love my neighbor as myself. If we do these and follow their commandments, we get to live with them again. Once I realized it was that easy and I wasn't being asked to sacfrafice my freedom or any pleasures this life has for us, I prayed to know for myself if the LDS church was true. Every song I heard while pondering this question bore witness, every green light or random situation that showed Him pouring his blessings out on me convinced me.I would open my scriptures up expecting to find a generic verse and at times when I would pray first, the scripture I would turn to was if it had been written hundreds of years ago with me in mind. From the beginning, we just wanted to see what it would be like to have a body, kids, jobs and activities. Satan thought we were too weak to resist the temptations of the human body if given free will and, since the beginning, has tried to prove us wrong about our individual strength to choice the right. However, if we do, we're in.

How I live my faith

Each willing/worthy member of the ward is given a voluntary calling to serve in a certain capacity in their ward. I've enjoyed working with the party planning committees to set up dances and activities. I've loved getting to teach lessons to any age or sing nursery songs with the toddlers. As a youth, we went on a handcart trek over creeks and up pretty scary terrain. It was so wonderful to see what it was like for our ancestors that marched along holding tight to their faith and promises even under such persecution and strife. Being part of a ward is a blessing because you truly could never want for a thing that your ward members wouldn't be willing to help with or participate in. The members are united and inviting. Some wards I've been in have family get togethers, play sports, and participate in spiritual firesides where someone shares a beautiful message. I love the different holiday activities the wards put on and the overall feeling of love and acceptance you have from and for the members of your ward. Being around other ward members who fully understand the teachings of Christ is helping because they can share in your burdens and joys. It's all Christ is asking, "Just follow me and don't let a single tear, that I've already bled for, come from your face without knowing that it'll all be ok." Now, that we know about who He is and what He's currently doing, it is then our obligation to inform and invite others. I love being part of Christ's Church and I'm so excited to labor in bringing others into the knowledge of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a family, we try to create peace and unity within our home so that we're a great tool in building the Lord's Kingdom here on earth. We hand out Book of Mormons, pamphlets, pass-a-long cards. We call ourselves on a mission each year and either serve in another country, snow blow our neighborhood for the winter, or something like pick fruit in an orchard. We love to be everyday missionaries.