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Hi I'm Jesse

I'm a dreamer. I think in stories. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I don't think I've ever taken "this is the real world" as an answer. I believe in story. I believe in my story. I'm close to the end of a big family, and I spent a lot of my childhood reading books. I refuse to believe this world is as good as it's going to get, and I'm in school trying to find out what it is that enchants me about great stories, so I can make new ones and share them with the world. I want to know everything about the universe I live in and the people in it. I can listen to strangers' life stories for hours. I love seeing new things and being in new places. I love new gadgets and new forests, new houses and new people. I live at the beginning of the kind of story I'd love to read about.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents didn't try to indoctrinate me, make me repeat creeds or memorize dogma so I didn't embarrass them. They simply presented their view of how the world is as fact. I grew to reject that, deciding that nothing can really be proved at all. My first truly spiritual moment came after I watched an action movie. A minor character had been shown in a throwaway scene on a random adventure, riding an elephant. That picture stuck in my mind and I knew that no matter what really causes everything we see, I would rather live my life in the way that would lead me to be on random adventures riding and elephant. I knew, right then, that that was appropriate. Faith doesn't just happen, it grows. The more I followed that then-elusive feeling the more I learned about what attracts it, what repels it, what it comes from and what it means. It was the Holy Ghost testifying of truth. I still have a lot to learn, but I know I always will. Try it. The deepest, most personal experiences you've had, compare them with how you feel (not on a skin-deep level! If you and me were the only two people in the universe!) when you learn about this church, these truths, and me. This church tells the truth. This is the way things are.

How I live my faith

I have a really goofy grin. Big overbite, huge buck teeth. I share it when I'm on the street, on public transportation, competing with traffic on my bike. It brightens peoples' days. If I could spend every moment of the rest of my life doing things that made people really, truly smile, deep inside and outside too, I would be happy.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

I worked. The Lord prepared my way, and I found excellent jobs with Sears and with the U.S. Postal Service. I saved up all the money I would need for two years and left it with my parents, and they made sure a bit of it was donated to the missionary fund every month. I'd already done the work, living on ramen noodles and peanut butter and sharing a studio apartment, so for those two years I was free to concentrate on helping people. Show more Show less