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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a soon-to-be mother of eight and full-time homemaker. I'm also lucky enough to be married to my best friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 39. I am the mother of seven active and amazing children, with one more on the way. My oldest is 14 and my youngest is 18 months. I cook, I clean, I launder, I drive—in other words, I do all of the things mothers do. I am fortunate to be able to mother full-time and life is busy and full. Our house is always moving and I love it that way. Kids are always in and out and friends are always welcome. We laugh a lot. When I was 21, I served a mission for 18 months in Sydney, Australia for the LDS church. I graduated with a BA in English and History Teaching and taught for a year in a private high school for at-risk youth. I’ve wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember, but I never thought I’d be the mother of eight. In fact, after I had my first child, I wondered how anyone could handle more than one. Each child has come to our family with a lot of thought, discussion and prayer. We feel fortunate that our health and finances have allowed us to provide for each precious child.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel blessed to have been taught about my Savior, Jesus Christ, from my youth. His life, His teachings, and His death and sacrifice for me are paramount in my life. Following the Savior is my goal each day. I believe He is always near us and will guide us as we listen for His still small voice. I believe that each of us is a spirit child of our Heavenly Father and that He has given each of us the light of Christ in our very souls. I am far from perfect. Life for me is just about doing the best I can each day. I pray often for guidance and because I know the Lord loves me and wants what is best for my family and me, He helps me as I turn to him. I truly believe He will help all who turn to Him and ask for help. I believe that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet of God in 1820. When I was about 10, I visited the Salt Lake Temple Visitor's Center in Utah. It was there that I saw a short movie about Joseph Smith's Vision. I was deeply touched in my soul and I just knew it was true. I felt as if my Heavenly Father had given me a spiritual hug and whispered to my heart that He really did visit Joseph Smith and that the things he taught and showed Joseph Smith were true. My testimony of prophets has continued to grow throughout my life. I know that prophets have been called since Joseph Smith. Our prophet today on the earth is Thomas S. Monson. As each new prophet has been called upon the death of the last, the Holy Ghost has once again confirmed to me that the newly called prophet is called of God. I am so grateful to know that we have a living prophet today. I love the Book of Mormon! I know that it is God's word. I love the Bible too. Studying the Book of Mormon and the Bible side-by-side is incredible. It fits so perfectly together! As I study the scriptures, I feel close to my Savior. If you haven't read the Book of Mormon seriously, I encourage you to read it. You will learn so much and it will change your life for the better.

How I live my faith

As a family we try to read in the scriptures every day. Usually it's in the morning, but sometimes it's over breakfast or before bed. The most important thing is that we get it in. We really talk about the people and events in the scriptures so that we can apply it in our lives and the lives of our children. I believe it strengthens our family as we go our separate ways each day. Every Monday night is Family Home Evening. On Monday nights we take time as a family to sit down and have a lesson about a certain value, topic, or scripture story. We all take turns giving the lessons, kids included. Ending with dessert is a must. As a family we are trying to focus on service. There was a great king in the Book of Mormon who taught that, “…when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17) My husband and I are working to raise children who are kind and who think about others needs before they think of themselves. We look for opportunities to serve, whether it’s taking meals to someone in need, mowing a neighbors yard, babysitting or giving what we have to someone who may need it more. These are just small things now as our children are still young, but over the years we hope to develop a culture of service that will become a part of who our children become. My parents are currently serving in Nairobi, Kenya on an LDS mission for our church. The experiences they are sharing with our family will forever change our perspective and is imbuing my children with a desire to serve and to help. I live my faith as I attend Sunday church meetings with my husband and children. We go to church to worship, to learn, to serve and most importantly, to remember our Savior by partaking the Sacrament.