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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm an aspiring country singer, a total goofball, a wife, a daughter, and a new mom to a beautiful girl. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of six children. I grew up in a household where neither parent had graduated from college, and my dad worked hard to provide for us. The more kids my parents had, the bigger house they needed, which meant they needed a better job. So we went wherever the job was -- from Idaho to Oregon, 3 cities in Utah, 2 towns in Illinois, and then to Las Vegas, Nevada. Every new place was a great adventure. I've never lived anywhere longer than 5 years, and it's hard to picture it any other way. After high school, I studied Communications and Advertising at BYU, where I met my fantastic husband. We now live in Indianapolis (he's a native Hoosier) where he is in dental school, and I recently quit a full-time job I loved to stay at home with our new little girl. One of the things we love the most is music. My husband is a phenomenal guitarist, and I write and sing country music. Our Friday date nights often become a big jam session between the two of us. We perform at all different functions around Indiana, and we even had the opportunity to record a CD in Nashville, TN! It was the fulfillment of one of my life-long dreams, and doing it with the love of my life made it even better. I love public speaking, crafts, musical theater, sewing, graphic design, family reunions and clothes! And I love working with teenagers to help them see and achieve their potential. I am not a perfect wife, and I'm a terrible housekeeper, but I'm working on it...the good news is I can cook!

Why I am a Mormon

Yes, I was raised in a Mormon family. Yes, my mother was a stay-at-home mom. And yes, there were six kids in my family. But I had to find out for myself that this was the true church of Jesus Christ. It didn't happen for me until I went off to college at BYU. My mom didn't wake me up for church anymore or remind me to read my scriptures. I was on my own. And I was doing a lousy job being a grown-up by myself. I determined to really read the Book of Mormon for myself and pray to know that it was true. I didn't read the entire book and then pray. I tried my best to read daily, and I did my best to remember in my daily prayers to know that this was the true church. And every day something small would touch me and witness to me that this was right. Very simple things like a quote I would hear, an act of kindness I witnessed, or little promptings of the Spirit bore witness to me of what was true and what I needed to do. Little by little, by testimony grew to be my very own. I knew that when I went to church every Sunday, it was because I wanted to. I choose to be a Mormon because of the happiness this gospel brings to my life. Jesus Christ is at the center of this church, and I come to know Him better as my brother and my Savior every time I read the Book of Mormon. Family is also something that is so important to me, and I know of no other church that places more emphasis on the family. All the programs of the church and all of the teachings are to strengthen individuals to strengthen families. Knowing that my family, including my future children, can be with me for eternity is a great blessing of this gospel. This church is my home on earth and my joy in this life, and it gives me purpose in everything I do. I'm a Mormon because little daily promptings let me know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today.

How I live my faith

My faith is more than just not drinking alcohol, getting tattoos, swearing, smoking or living together before marriage. All of that is important to me, and I strive to live righteously everyday because I know Heavenly Father wants it for me. But this church gives me purpose. Currently I serve as the president of the girl's portion of our youth group. It's a big job being responsible for girls 12-18 in my area, but it's so rewarding. We have fun, uplifting activities every Thurs. night and meet for a spiritual lesson every Sunday. But my calling to serve them is 24/7. I watch each girl grow and develop her talents; each one is so uniquely and incredibly beautiful. I get to hear their daily concerns, trials at home or at school, fears, dreams, passions. And I get to be one of their friends. I pray for them, call them when I think they need it, listen to them, learn from them, and I hope that they learn something from me. Working with them just strengthens my faith even more because I have the opportunity to see the gospel change these girls' lives. To hear their young and simple testimonies gives mine even more strength. I also get to serve through humanitarian projects we volunteer for, work at our Indianapolis storehouse where food is distributed to the needy around the midwest and east coast, and participate in visiting a variety of people in need. It is very hard to be sad, lonely or selfish in this gospel because there are so many miraculous ways to serve our fellowmen.