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Hi I'm Jesse

I am a high school teacher, and I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2007.

About Me

Originally I wanted to become a veterinarian, from the time I was in high school until I was actually in Vet School. That didn't last very long, only 2 out of the 3 semesters of the first year. One night I was praying to Heavenly Father that I was dedicated to His will, and would stay in vet school as long as that was where He wanted me to be. I then received a powerful revelation through His Spirit that I was to go be a teacher. I left veterinary school and enrolled in the Master's program for Science Education. I now teach science and agricultural classes at a large high school in Mesa, Arizona. I love camping, riding horses, white water rafting, hiking and hunting whenever I get the chance. I also love big roller coasters.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not born into the Church. I was raised as a main stream evangelical Christian, and it was good! So good! I knew that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ knew me, and loved me. I knew that Jesus Christ was my Savior and that I could not be saved without His atoning sacrifice that he so willingly gave. I also felt confused by many things that there just didn't seem to be an answer to, that related to the nature of God, and seemingly inexplainable passages in the Bible (ex. 1 Corinthians 15:29). The missionaries came one day, and I began a long series of meetings with them. I did not just sit down and let them tell me what they had to say. Rather, I questioned them for almost a year about many things I had heard regarding the LDS Church, as well as questions about these seemingly inexplainable passages from the Holy Bible. Turns out, many of the things I thought were true about the LDS Church were NOT true at all and I had been told misconceptions for years (which also instilled in me unneccessary fear towards the Church). For example, I was told that Latter-day Saints are not Christians and that they worshipped Joseph Smith - both of which turned out to not be true AT ALL. All I TRULY wanted was to follow God. I knew He was real, and I knew He loved me. I also knew that if I put my full trust in Him, He would not let me be lead to false teachings. With one Church telling me one thing and another telling me the opposite, what was I to do but ask of God which one was true? Well, I asked, and He certainly answered. I was reading the Book of Mormon one night on the couch in the living room, and the Holy Spirit came over me. I had only felt this once before - when the Lord guided me into teaching. I felt a peace and joy that is unexplainable, accompanied by the quiet, assuring message that what I was reading is true.

How I live my faith

Jesus said that we would know who His disciples were by their love for one another (John 13:34-35). I sure try my best to do this, everywhere I go. Heavenly Father has given me so much - grace, mercy, peace, love, the Spirit, Jesus Christ, the Bible, etc. that I feel eternally grateful to Him. He makes it possible to be happy and at peace, even when the world seems so cold and unforgiving. I love serving Him! I worship Him every Sunday in church by singing His praises and reading of His goodness. I also spend time volunteering as the Young Men's Secretary and Young Men's Assistant Advisor in my ward, which means I keep track of the records forthe young men's group and help them with activities and spiritual strength. Whenever people around me are in need, I find joy in serving them as best I can. He has also asked me to do some things like keep Sunday (the Sabbath) holy, and to keep my body healthy by not consuming things that might hurt me or cause me to do things that I would regret later. I also love donating a portion of my income to Him so He can use it to bless the lives of others. That money is used for things like purchasing food for people who are in financial hardship.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

From personal experience, one thing I think is important for people to know about the missionaries is that they are not the ones who convert you. That is not their job. Their job is to teach about the church. The Holy Spirit is the one who converts. So, if you are afraid to let the missionaries over because they will try to convert you, know that although eventually they may ask you if you have thought about Baptism, you will not be pressured to get baptised if you are not ready. And don't be shy about asking your questions! That is how you get rid of misconceptions and learn the truth about this church. Show more Show less