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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a college student, a mother-to-be, fascinated by geography, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm attending college and will soon graduate with my bachelor's in geography. I'm simply trying to balance school and home life. I enjoy photography, hiking, camping, backpacking (which is sort of a blanket term for hiking and camping isn't it?), cooking, and the occasional video game.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church but I didn't realize that it was where I wanted to be until I was in high school. After struggling with the same basic things any high school student concerns themselves with (friends, acceptance, and discovering who I was) along with dealing with depression and severe social anxiety, I discovered that the hour away from school every day to attend Seminary (a church program for gospel learning in high school) gave me respite from my worries. I began a study in earnest of the Book of Mormon and discovered that as I studied the scriptures I could maintain that respite from my concerns throughout the day. I continued to keep my life closely in line with the teachings I had grown up with and enjoyed a life not free from sorrow or difficulty but the strength to rise above it. Around my Sophomore year of college, through the help of the Lord and much prayer and study, I was finally able to break free from the social anxiety that had held me back all my life. I was able through the Lord to overcome my fear and I made friends as I never had before.

How I live my faith

It isn't easy to balance the life of a busy college student and fulfill my new role as wife. Sometimes the house falls into disarray because I don't have time to clean and dinner is usually peanut butter and jelly to make room for my art projects. The balance is overwhelmingly tipped against me and were it not for the teachings of the Gospel, I doubt I'd be able to do half of it at all. However, when I put the Gospel and the Lord first, I always find that I am given the strength and time to do all that I need to. I'm not perfect, and I forget my priorities, but I always feel the peace when I find them again. My husband and I strive weekly to come together for Family Home Evening, a night set aside for the teaching of the gospel within the family. We are a small family but it strengthens us for the rest of the week and deepens out relationship to learn together and to share our testimonies with one another. We try hard to attend the temple as often as possible and I try to read my scriptures regularly. When I do, I feel a peace and an assurance that everything is going to be ok.