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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a 6th grade teacher who loves to travel the world during my summer vacation to volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 6th grade teacher at a low-income, highly diverse elementary school. Even though there are some challenging days, I love my job because it is such a rewarding calling. When I was in college I wanted to have a career that allowed me to travel the world, making a difference in distant far-off places. But I have come to realize that as a teacher I can make a difference no matter where I am, every single day. I am still passionate about traveling and continue to use my summers off (a definite perk of my profession) to trot the globe, volunteering as an education professional in countries such as Ghana, Australia, and Guatemala. My next goal is to travel to China this upcoming summer. In the meantime, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. As a 28-year-old single, my social life is very important to me. I am grateful for the built-in friends that come along with being a member of the LDS church. I can always count on them to lift me up, help me make good choices, and accept me for who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the LDS church, which, some might say, means I haven't known anything different. But as I've been exposed more and more to the lives of others who don't have the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I can declare that there is nothing more joyful, peace-giving, and stabilizing than that constant in my own life. Understanding that I am a beloved daughter of God and that He knows me and has high expectations for me gives me self-confidence and courage. The choices that I make as I'm led by the scriptures, modern-day prophets, and the Holy Ghost help me to stay on the path that brings me so much happiness for now and for eternity.

How I live my faith

I know that God loves all of His children and I that He wants to meet their needs just as He meets mine. I try to be an instrument in His hands by serving those around me. Specifically, I serve in a position of leadership over the women in my singles group. Even though their life circumstances and struggles are occasionally very different from mine, I can still lend a listening ear, give a car ride, offer advice, or just be a friend.