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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a tutor. I'm a runner. I'm a friend. I'm an adoptive mom. I'm a wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of two daughters (ages 11 and 8) that I had biologically. I am also a mom of a three year old son that we adopted from South Carolina. I am a wife to my husband of 12 years. I enjoy running, I have three half marathons and one full marathon under my belt. I enjoy home decorating and sewing. I am an author, I wrote a book called To Leah...With Love. I am a party planner and enjoy making up reasons to celebrate. I love finding a good deal and think of shopping as a challenge to find the best stuff for the best deal possible. I love children, I especially love teaching children. I tutor kids with dyslexia. I have endured the trial of secondary infertility and have found peace in the plan that Heavenly Father has for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up LDS, but that is not why I am a Mormon. I did not grow up in a "traditional" Mormon home. I grew up in a divorced home. I don't have a relationship with my biological father, he took off when I was a baby. My mom got remarried but he was not active in the LDS church. My mom faithfully took us to church every week. The teachings I was learning at church didn't always match up the things that were going on in my house. I went to all my meetings and participated fully in everything the LDS church had to offer a youth. At church I was around people who came from strong families. I was envious of the Spirit I felt in their homes. I was envious of their relationships with their parents. I knew that it was the kind of home I wanted to have for my children someday. When I was fourteen I had a lesson at church about "experimenting on the words of Christ". By this point I had a testimony of Jesus Christ and I knew that God was my Heavenly Father. So I decided to go ahead and "experiment on His word". We are promised that if we try our best to keep His commandments, follow the example of Jesus Christ and repent when we need to, that we will be blessed with joy and peace. Up to this point, joy and peace had never been a real part of my life. If this was really Christ's church then I was going to follow all of it's teachings and see how my life would turn out. I read the Book of Mormon and felt a connection to it because it was a record of my ancestors. As a youth, I knew it was true before I ever read the whole book. Things weren't easy after I made that commitment, in fact I went through some very painful things as a youth/young adult, but I was always able to find peace and joy amid my trials because of my faith. I have experimented on His word, and Heavenly Father has kept his promises to me. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I believe that God directs the affairs of His church, so when I am asked by my local church leadership to help out by teaching a class, being a youth leader or leading an organization, I know this is an assignment from God. I put my heart and soul into whatever calling I am asked to do. I feel the love Heavenly Father has for the people I serve and it makes me want to serve even better. I have served as the president of the young women's organization and president of the children's organization. I have served as a counselor in the women's organization. I have served as a missionary in my congregation and taught various different ages of Sunday school classes. Right now I am in charge of 30+ children ages 18 mos to three years old. I have three classes that I oversee. I work closely with the teachers to make sure that these children in addition to being loved, are learning the gospel of Jesus Christ and learning how to be in a classroom setting. Every assignment I have ever had, no matter how big or small has changed me as a person. I have learned how to love difficult people, I have learned that my heart is capable of holding more love than I ever could have imagined. I have discovered skills and talents that I didn't know I had. I carry all of the lessons that I have learned with me everyday, and it affects everything that I do.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

The God I believe in has the same love and respect for women as He does men. There is no way I could be a part of any organization that didn't value me as a woman or made me feel that I am less than a man because of my gender. As a young woman growing up in the LDS church I was always taught that I my self worth was based on my divine nature. That I am a daughter of God and that I have an important part in God's plan. Bringing children into this world and raising them is the most important role that I have, but it is not my only responsibility. As an LDS woman, I know that I have an important role in God's plan. I know that although my role may be different than my husband's role, we are equal in God's eyes. We are partners and helpmeets in fulfilling our separate responsibilities. I have worked closely with men in my church because of the callings that I have had, and I have always felt respected and that what I had to offer was of value to them and the church. Show more Show less