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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a daughter, sister and a friend. I work as a registered dietitian in a community outreach center and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Pullman, WA was a wonderful experience! During high school I participated in choirs and was a captain of the swim team. At age 15, I was diagnosed with insulin resistance and other hormone imbalances and that motivated me to study food science and nutrition at the University of Idaho. College was challenging and rewarding. My family had moved from Washington to Pennsylvania while I was studying and I enjoyed visiting them on the east coast. I love to travel and meet new people! After graduating, I decided to serve a mission for the church. Serving in the Uruguay, Montevideo Oeste mission was and continues to be a significant blessing in my life! I love and miss the people there and I keep in contact with them as best I can. Since returning, I have worked a variety of jobs as a dietitian. Speaking Spanish helps me meet the needs of the hispanic communities where I live and enriches my life. My personal experiences with diabetes also help me connect with my clients. Cooking, sewing, hiking, reading, and serving in the community take up my free time. I have been blessed to be involved in humanitarian trips to Guatemala and Mexico. I hope I can participate in many more humanitarian trips in the future!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents have demonstrated great faith on a daily basis and I am grateful for their examples. They taught me from birth about the Savior and how to develop a personal relationship with Him. Though I was raised in the church, I have had to build my own foundation of faith. I chose to pray daily. I chose to seek wholesome entertainment and activities. I was blessed with friends from other faiths that shared the same morals. I chose to study the words of the Savior. Developing these behaviors in my life has brought me great happiness and has spared me the pain, confusion and despair so common among my peers. I'm a Mormon because it brings me peace and happiness. I feel I understand God's will for me and I can make a meaningful contribution in this world while preparing for the world to come.

How I live my faith

Living my faith means for me reading from the scriptures and praying to my Heavenly Father daily. This helps me feel close to the Lord so I can be open to chances to serve. One of my Catholic friends summed up living a life of faith best by saying: "I try to be Jesus to other people." That's what I try to do. In my church group, I am in charge of teaching people life skills so that they can strengthen their self esteem by being self sufficient. Currently I am trying to support people who are unemployed in their search for a job. I also help them learn how to budget, prepare healthful food on a budget, care for their bodies on a temporal level, serve others, seek education opportunities, and prepare for the future. This spring I hope to partner with my work team to host an expo on square foot gardening.