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Hi I'm Jesse

Volleyball enthusiast

About Me

I traveled around a lot growing up and have lived in Europe and South America. I love sports, especially Volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee. I've been skydiving and bungee jumping; I'll try just about anything. I figure anything worth doing is worth doing well so I take pride in my work and hobbies. I'm the world's greatest uncle and have a mug to prove it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was eight years old because it is the church my family belongs to. At the time I knew baptism was an important step and something I should do. Now I understand so much more fully why making the gospel of Jesus Christ a part of my life is so important. As a university student I was away from home. I was in a program where having faith in any religion made you a minority. I was among friends who felt my beliefs kept me from enjoying what life had to offer. After a while I let these and so many other factors persuade me to stop attending church and living the gospel's standards. Alma 41:10 states, "wickedness never was happiness." I can testify of this fact. Even though the I was not being held back by the standards of my faith I was not happy. Life didn't offer the same wonder or excitement and every day seemed just as meaningless as the one before it. I felt ashamed and unworthy, afraid to return to the church I once enjoyed. I started to pray again as I had learned to so many years ago. Much like the story of the prodigal son I felt that even the servants in my father's house were better off than I was. I prayed, of all things, to not be miserable. I don't pray to not be miserable anymore. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints today because I know our Father in Heaven wants so much more for his children. As a Son of God I have a divine potential and with the help of my Savior Jesus Christ I can achieve it. I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy.

How I live my faith

Attending church helps me so much. To be with my friends who share my beliefs and standards helps me follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. Every month I even get to teach a lesson in church. I learn so much more about the gospel when I teach it to others. Aside from my time in church I live my faith by just being a friend to those around me. At work I'm always smiling and giving an encouraging word, and my best days are when I can make someone else's day better.