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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah. I am an archaeologist, and I work in a museum!

About Me

I am currently attending Brigham Young University, and I study archaeology. I love other people and learning about as many people and cultures as I can! I love reading anything and everything. I am interested in politics, and education. I believe strongly in empowering women, and the vital importance of educating women and minorities. I strongly support tolerance and loving everyone. I love performing: theater, musical theater, choir, dance groups, you name it. I am of Scottish descent, "'S Rioghal Mo Dhream"! I am an avid movie watcher, and I particularly enjoy foreign films. I've lived in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, so I think of myself as a country kid! I want to change the world through the passion I have for life and other people!

Why I am a Mormon

As I study in school, I find that most of the leaders in my field over the years have been avid atheists or agnostics. Their theories and ideas that we currently follow throw God completely out of the picture. For some, that could be very discouraging. I find though, that the things I learn only solidify my testimony, and knowledge I have that this is truly the way God wants me and all His children to live. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Midwest, and found that I was given the capacity to love every person I came into contact with, no matter their situation in life. I know that God lives. I know that Jesus is the Christ. They love all of us, no matter what. We are never forgotten. I know that. Because They remember us, the fulness of the everlasting Gospel was restored. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet on the earth today. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It is true, and it will lead every reader closer to God! I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. He atoned for my sins and frailties, and the sins of every person who has ever lived and ever will live. That fills my soul with joy! I know that whatever happens in life, I can find happiness because of the testimony I have of the Gospel.

How I live my faith

Right now, I serve as the president of the women's organization in my ward. It is an honor to serve the women around me, to help them discover who they are, and who God wants them to be. I have volunteered at our local soup kitchen, and I find great joy in doing that. It is a blessing to me to serve others, to see their grateful faces, and to know that if Christ were here, He would be working alongside me. I try to smile at everyone I see; I never know if that smile will save someone's day! Speaking kind words, and always standing ready to defend others in need is something I try to do. Kindness must begin with me. I hang pictures of the Savior and pictures of my family on my walls. If I surround myself with goodness, I can hope that some of that goodness will reflect from me to others. If all I do in a day is make someone smile, then I have done what God would have me do for that day. Living the teachings of the Gospel is a great blessing!

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

Mormon women are some of the best women I have ever been privileged to meet. They are always serving others, and think of others before they ever think of themselves. Women are encouraged to be educated, to build their talents, and to be actively involved in their communities and homes. Men and women are both equally beloved by God, but we believe men and women have different roles to play on earth. Neither role is more important, indeed if men and women are truly living righteously, then their roles and actions compliment and support each other. Sometimes it is easy to be disillusioned into thinking that because men have the priesthood, they are held in higher authority and regard than women. I used to think that. But I have come to learn that if men are honoring the responsibility they have been given, then they serve the women around them, and use their priesthood to bless the women around them. Good leaders in the Church always honor their wives and seriously take the opinions of their wives into account. In turn, women who honor their role find joy in motherhood, and use their education and skills to teach their children. They seek revelation from God, and speak up for themselves and those whom they serve. Show more Show less