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Hi I'm Jesse

I'm a magazine-reading, word-loving, compulsive smile-r, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up Mormon, became an Episcopalian, became a baptized-Mormon, grew up a little, went to college without a clue about a major, and went on a mission to Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Along the road I've met amazing people and have made unforgettable memories. Being a Mormon has been the biggest blessing of my life. I'm proud to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it makes me a better person, I'm more able to get through hard things, and I know that because of Jesus Christ, we can all return to live with our God. It has made me who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to the Episcopal church and the LDS church when I was young. One week I'd go to my mom's house and I was Episcopal, the next week I went to my dad's and I was Mormon. When I was eight, I was baptized into the Episcopal church, and when I was nine I was baptized into the Mormon Church. It was just a thing I did—go to church. When I was thirteen, I went to a girls camp for the Mormon Church. A girl there really inspired me; she was nice, fun, and had a genuine joy about her. I wanted that in my life. I started reading the Book of Mormon and immediately knew it was true. From then on, I decided to live my life as a Mormon, trying to do my best (though I often fall short). I have the joy of the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. Being Mormon isn't about being perfect. It's about being imperfect, hoping to be a little bit better each day—and when that doesn't work out, you lean on the Savior to help you do what you can't do alone.

How I live my faith

Our faith is about love and service. I've tried to make this an integral part of how I live my life in what I do and say. Pure religion is giving of your time to others.