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Hi I'm Jaimee

I am from Colorado. I just graduated from college. I listen to rock music. I love making books and art. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now, I'm looking for my first job to start my career in the publishing industry. I just graduated from college with a degree in English and a minor in Editing. I decided to do that because I love books so much and I discovered that I also like making them. I have always loved reading and learning, so college was a great experience for me. I also made a lot of friends while I was at school, who I hope to remains friends with even though I've moved away. I haven't done much with my life, but the most important thing to me will always be my family. I am the only sister of three brothers. We enjoy listening to music together, sharing new bands that we find, going to shows together, and supporting our own efforts in being musicians (even though none of us are very good). We are all very different, but the music that we listen to is our one similarity and really brings us together. My brothers and my parents are also very supportive in all my creative endeavors. Though I've never taken an art class, I love making art. Most of my gifts to them are home-made, and they're always really excited to get them. I also paint and have attempted sculpting, and it all comes together in interior decorating. I have lots of goals as I come out of college, but mostly I just hope that I can put the skills I have developed to use in creating a better world.

Why I am a Mormon

My family raised me as a Mormon, so I've been going to this church since I was born. But I've never felt obligated to be a member because of that. I really am a Mormon because finding the truth is important to me. When I was about 13, I had a lot of questions about the truth and started looking around. I got in lots of discussions with friends from schools and started attending different youth groups to gain different perspectives on Jesus Christ and Christian religions. What I gained from that was a stronger relationship with my Heavenly Father. In my search, I read the Book of Mormon for the first time on my own along with other religious texts. I prayed to ask my Heavenly Father if I was in the right church, if I was raised to believe in His truth. I felt His arms around me and a reassurance that I knew, and have always known, His truth and His gospel. Since then, I haven't stopped studying other religions to see what truth is in them. I continue to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know that is where I can be lead by a prophet of God, where I can further my relationship with God, and where I can hope to serve Him with all my heart for all my life.

How I live my faith

I have participated in the leadership of many organizations within the church, but right now I am part of an activities committee of the young single adults in my area. I help plan and organize lots of different activities during the week for unmarried 18-30 year-olds. Once a month, we also get together with singles in the greater Denver area. I also attend a religion class once a week with other young single adults. This year, we're studying the Old Testament in the Bible. I try to read my scriptures every night in preparation for participating in class, but my favorite thing to do is just open the scriptures and see what sort of inspiration I can get from them and how I can apply it to my day.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. As a 21-year-old woman, I was given the opportunity to serve a mission, and I took it. My brothers have also all served missions when they've turned 19 and 20. Our church leaders encouraged us and supported us in these decisions. Our parents were really happy that we all decided to serve missions and helped us pay for our missions. Since missionaries volunteer their full time for 18 months or 2 years, they can't work to pay for rent, food, travel, or anything else. Typically, you save up for a mission to prepare for that time when you cannot work, but each congregation or family can also help support the missionaries financially. The young men in the church do feel a greater obligation to serve missions, but it is still always up to them to work towards a mission both financially and spiritually. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

As a former missionary, I can tell you that proselyting is not the easiest thing. For me, it was a great way for me to exercise my faith in God. I learned how to follow His Spirit, trust in His timing, and to learn from His Word. I went on a proselyting mission because I knew it was what my Heavenly Father wanted me to do. He wanted me to share the message of the Restoration of His gospel with complete strangers and He wanted me to help other missionaries to understand this work. With my companions, I proselyted to bring light to people who were downtrodden, that same light that we have all felt as we put the gospel in action in our own lives. Show more Show less