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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a Californian. I love Dinosaurs and all things Spongebob. AND I'm a Mormon. How awesome is that?

About Me

I am the middle child (and the only girl) of four brothers. I have lived in California all of my life and I have been raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since the day I was born. I love swimming, reading, doodling, cartoons, anything furry that I can pet (not beards), and dinosaurs, believe it or not, and deep down I would love to be a paleontologist if only I was blessed with enough patience. I was going to college to become an art teacher when I put it all on hold to serve the Lord. I am currently a missionary in the Florida, Ft. Lauderdale mission and I talk to people everyday about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Ever since I was a kid I wondered that myself. Everyone in church would always talk about how the church I belonged to was the true church of Jesus Christ. I didn't necessarly believe that for the simple fact that I didn't think I was that lucky. What are the odds that I would be born into the only true church when all of my other friends weren't? What made me so special? The fact that I never won a contest or drawing at school confirmed my thoughts to me that I was indeed a very unlucky person and that it was too good to be true to be automatically born into the one and only true church of God. Then, when I was about 8, a little bit after I was baptized, I endered into a raffle at a carnival at one of my friend's church. I remember only having enough money to buy one ticket to put into the can in front of the basket of goodies that I wanted to win. As the evening progressed I heard a girl talking to her friend about how she had purchased over 10 tickets and put them all in that same can that I had. I observed many people placing their tickets in the same can as well. My heart sunk. I only had one ticket, and just this one girl had ten! Not to mention all of the others who put their tickets in. I knew I wasn't going to get it. When they began to draw the tickets from the cans at the end of the night, they finally reached my can. They pulled a single ticket from the can, and it was MINE! I was in shock! All the way home I held the basket in my arms thanking the Lord that I won. Then a small thought entered into my head. "Of all the people, I was chosen. I am special. I am lucky." That experience reflected on my feelings of being born into the church. Now I am on a mission. I KNOW this church is true, and that knowlege has brought me all the happiness in the world!

How I live my faith

Right now I am REALLY living my faith by being a missionary and dedicating 18 months of my life to the Lord in bringing more of His children to the restored gospel. But before this I was serving the Lord by doing whatever He asked me to in my ward. I made posters and flyers, taught children, visited members, helped those in need, etc.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jessica
This was never something that ever bothered me because I understood it as something that was a responsibility to men, and that God ordained seperate responsiblities to women. Men and women are different, as much as the world tries to make them the same, we are naturally different, but not lesser. I think that women are naturally caring and charitable and look for ways to serve others. Whereas I think that the Priesthood is something that helps men develop those traits that women naturally have. The Priesthood cannot be used for selfish reasons, the man who holds it can use it only to benefit and help others, not himself. Women also lead many organizations in the church and have many other responsiblities to help build the Lord's kingdom. Show more Show less