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Hi I'm Jayde

I am a student in Biological Engineering. I love dressmaking, music, and writing and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at Purdue University, majoring in Biological Engineering and minoring in Creative Writing. Despite my frequent complaints, I love school and the opportunities and challenges it gives me. I love music. I have played the viola for 7 years, and I still try to practice whenever I can. About 3 years ago I also got a cello and I'm learning to play that too. I enjoy singing and I'm learning to swing dance. Recently I've discovered how much I really love Charleston. I am the oldest of 5 kids, with simply awe-inspiring parents. My dad is a ceramics professor and my mom is a stay-at-home mom, but she has taught preschool in the past. We also have a miniature schnauzer named Milo.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I'm a trial and error sort of person. Initially, I was Mormon because it was what I had grown up with and where I was most comfortable. I felt good at church and it made sense to me. My beliefs were like a formula that I'd always just accepted and built off of: it felt right but I didn't know why. There came a time in my life when the people around me started asking me questions about my beliefs. It was then that I had to ask myself why I was Mormon. I wondered if I really believed what I said I did. For some time I just sort of gave up. I figured that since I didn't know, I would never know. I'd spent my life learning the gospel, only to not absorb anything (or at least that's what I thought). I had a question about whether what I believed was true, or if I believed it at all: and I'd forgotten how to find an answer. But my friends kept asking me questions, prompting me to learn and explain. The more they asked, the more I remembered. I remembered to read and really study my scriptures. I remembered how to pray and develop a testimony. I realized that it wasn't that I didn't believe, it was that I hadn't been asking and experimenting with the things I'd been learning. Life is about learning, and I'd forgotten that you can't really absorb knowledge if you don't try it out for yourself. So I prayed, read, and experimented. And now I know it's true. From the very depth of my being I can say that there is a living prophet who guides me, true scriptures that teach principles of righteousness, and the Holy Ghost that is mine to have if I can be worthy of it. I know that families can be together forever, that my Savior died for me, and that my Heavenly Father loves me, cares for me, and more than anything He wants me to be able to return home to be with Him. I know He loves you too: just as much as He loves me. That's why I'm Mormon. I experimented, gathered results and came to a conclusion: it's true!

How I live my faith

I belong to a church body of mostly fellow students and single adults. I love being at the church building (and it's where I spend most of my time). During the week I have two or three institute classes, where we study the scriptures in depth. On Monday evenings we also get together for 'Family Home Evening' or at least our college-student version. Usually we would do this with our families, but most of us are living away from home, so it's a great opportunity to get to be part of a really big family. We share a spiritual thought or short lesson and then play games. On the weekends, I participate in activities like trips to the temple, service projects, or dances. I also try to volunteer to contribute food and rides to and from activities when I can. I'm a ward missionary and I love begin one. I get to know more people and make all kinds of friends. The other ward missionaries and myself help the full-time missionaries to make sure that everyone is doing okay and that everyone is able to feel the Spirit and feel welcome at activities. I also try to share the gospel or even just little happy messages with the random people that I see. It's important for me to have the Spirit with me at all times so that I can share the goodness that comes from feeling peaceful, happy, and inspired. Mostly it's just my job to be kind to everybody, which is a pretty sweet job, if you ask me.