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Hi I'm Jessica

I grew up in El Paso, TX. When I was 10, we moved to rural Eastern WA. I now live with my parents after college. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I always had problems socializing with people when I was younger. I had tons of anger, and I questioned my faith. I found balance with my anger when I took up Karate and started reading about Zen Buddhism. I started doing Running Start when I was 16, got my AAS degree when I was 18, and finished college when I was 20. I now live at home with my parents and work as a cashier.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. My family is Mormon, so I am too. I didn't fully believe it until I did some things to mess me up. When I was 15, I questioned the church. I was looking for spiritual enlightenment. My grandfather taught me about String Theory and Zero-Point Energy, quantum physics stuff. I was so interested in it that somehow I managed to link quantum physics to the church. Later that year, I left high school for some reasons, and started doing Running Start the following year. When I was 20, I had a major mess up in my life, and it took a lot to return to the church fully and completely. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, and yes, I regret what I did, but I've moved forward and now looking back doesn't hurt so much anymore. I can tell you now, though, that my testimony is stronger than ever. I truly believe in this gospel and the teachings therein. I once heard it put this way: "I see nothing wrong with joining the church. What is wrong with being nice and kind to your fellow being? Nothing, so there's something good with this faith." Some days it's hard to follow because everything seems to be crashing all around you. It takes courage to press forward and endure; but that's all we can do most days, and that's how we survive as a people. Keep going. I relearned something as well: everything is connected. I could actually feel that connection to my surroundings, and it was the most wonderful feeling ever. Everything is connected.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to learn the scriptures and looking for the knowledge hidden within them. It's sometimes hard because I have some difficult memories from my youth, but after all that I have been though, I know that those things don't matter, and my search for spiritual growth is what truly matters. I teach the very little children the basic principles of the gospel, such as "This is Jesus. He gave his life for you and me, so that we could return to Heavenly Father and live with him." Usually a statement like this is accompanied with a picture. They're little kids, like a couple of months old to about 3 years old, so we have to include snack time and play time. But these children are the sweetest souls you'll ever meet (when they're being good children; again, little kids). Although, even when children are being difficult, they still have a charm unlike anything. I participate in adult classes of scripture study and the women's classes where we discuss our women's organization. I have become close to these classes, and the people in them.