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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a student at BYU. I love hanging out with friends, giving service, and preparing to be a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love serving others It warms my soul to be of help and see the happiness of others. Every week, I volunteer at an elementary school where I help with a Dual Immersion program. I love my family and look forward to being married in the temple and having a family of my own one day. I take every chance I can get to be around kids. I love helping them and want to do everything I can to help them or inspire them. Children bring out the best in me and help me to be better. I look forward to and hope to be a mom and teacher someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I know this church is true. In the past few years, I have come to better understand how we are all children of God and how much He loves us. The Savior sacrificed his life for each of us so that we could live again and "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son." I am thankful for the atonement, for the power of repentance, and the knowledge Christ suffered not only for our sins, but our infirmities as well. I know God answers prayers; He is always listening and watching over us. I have a testimony of the Holy Ghost and have seen its influence in my life time and time again. I love reading the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, and recognizing how it applies in my life and in the world. I have a testimony that this is the true church and that Joseph Smith helped restore it in these latter days. I have a testimony of our modern day prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us all, and I love them too. I know the Gospel is true and try my best to keep the commandments in order to show how much I love them.

How I live my faith

Recently, I changed from simply trying to obey the commandments to working towards improvement and coming closer to Christ. Keeping this in mind helps me feel the spirit and as I begin to make a habit of smaller goals which help me progress, I gradually add more. I do my best to live with an attitude of gratitude, for I know that God allows us to go through nothing that we cannot handle, nothing that is not for our betterment.

Are Mormons Christians?

Jessica
Yes, we are Christians. The full name of our Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mormon is simply a nick name of ours because of our belief in the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. It tells of Christ's visit to the Americas. All of our beliefs are centered on the teachings of Christ, who we think of as our Savior, King, and perfect example. He is the living and only begotten son of our living Heavenly Father. We believe that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings with one celestial purpose. We are Christians. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Jessica
When we go to church, women wear skirts and dresses which reach the knee and shirts or dresses with sleeves. Men wear dress shirts and pants, usually accompanied by a tie. We celebrate all the holidays celebrated as a general rule in our communities. Holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day are just a few examples. Birthdays and Anniversaries are most definitely embraced. We believe in Christmas and Easter as the most spiritual holidays though because they refer to the birth, sacrifice, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Jessica
Wards and Stakes are set up according to geographical location. They are set up so that everyone may learn the same material in an organized fashion. The easiest organizational comparison I can think of is school. Each state has to teach the same material, like the Church does. Each school district is like a Stake and all the little schools in that school district are like Wards or Branches. At the head of each stake is a Stake President and the head of each Ward is a Bishop or Branch President in a Branch. The people in a ward or branch make up a community of people who can become friends and help out one another. Show more Show less