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Hi I'm Jessica

I grew up in Texas. I'm the only girl out of five kids in my family. I play the bagpipes and violin. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a ranch in south Texas surrounded by cows, horses, chickens, dogs and brothers. My mom taught me how to sew, cook, clean and my dad taught me how to tell stories. They both have taught me how to use the common sense I was born with and how to read a map. I am never lost. I started playing violin at 5 and quit at 10. I really wish I hadn't. I picked it up again in college and am still playing when I can. I went to school and recived a Bachelors in Liberal Arts and am still trying to decide what to do with it. I love learning and I am always looking for new things. I picked up the bagpipes not long ago. I have had the opportunity to play at quite a few funerals which have been such a blessing to me because of the comfort it gives to those grieving. I had an opportunity to live with my grandma for two and a half years and help her. She is such a special lady and I'm so happy I was able to get to know her in such a special way. I have always been a member of the LDS church and I was able to share that message with the people of Argentina. Because of that, I speak Spanish and it has come in handy many times. I love to travel and do it whenever I have the chance. I have two sweet little nephews. I have not yet had the opportunity of marriage and children, so those little boys get very spoiled. I love my family and hope it will keep growing be leaps and bounds.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know my Heavenly Father loves me and I love Him. I want to live with Him and my family for eternity and I know this is the way to do it. How do I know? Easy. I asked Him. It wasn't just a quick, "Hey is this true?" It has taken many years of study, thought and prayer. I was raised in Mormon and there came a point in my life where I needed to decided if I knew this was true enough to spend a year and a half serving a mission telling others that yes, it is true and how to find out when I wasn't 100%. I was fortunate to take a religion class where we focused on Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. I was able to learn how special we are because we are Heavenly Father's children. And because we are so special, Jesus came to this earth and atoned for our sins so we can be cleansed and return to our Father. And the Holy Ghost is there to confirm to us the truths of God. And the Holy Ghost did tell me it is true. It wasn't anything audible. It was, and still is, the most peaceful, confident feeling I have ever had. That is why we should ask Heavenly Father if these things are true. He tells us through the Holy Ghost because He wants us back because we are his children and He loves us. I served a mission for a year and a half and as I would share my testimony and teach the gospel my testimony grew and is still growing. I still share my testimony when I can and it is wonderful to see others' lives touched and made better because of this work. I know my family is sealed together for eternity. That means, through the power of God on the earth called the Priesthood, couples can be married forever and not just "till death do you part." The children that are born to that couple are theirs for eternity. Only a God that loves would make this possible for His children. I love my family and I want to continue to be with them. And I want to live with my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I love going to Church on Sundays. I have had many opportunities to teach the little kids, medium kids, big kids and old kids. I think my favorite group were the 7 yr. olds when I taught Sunday School at one point in my life. It was fun watching them understand the different scripture stories they had grown up with were real and not just stories. And it was also wonderful to see them apply these same stories to themselves and their everyday surroundings. I have been a Visiting Teacher for a long time. Visiting Teaching is a part of the women's organization of the LDS church, called the Relief Society, where two women are put in charge of other women in that they help take care of them temporally and spiritually. Visiting teachers are supposed to visit each of the women they have a responsability for once a month and share a spiritual message and see if there is anything they can do to help them. In this way, all of the members of the Relief Society are taken care of, friendships form, service is given and received and charity, or the pure love of Christ, develops. I try to be involved when the Church goes out into the community to do service or have an open house to share with them what we are all about. Music, I think, is a universal language and I try to use my talents when I can. The violin is a wonderful ambassador as are the bagpipes. When people ask me, "Why the Bagpipes?" I explain about how the piper at President Hinckley's funeral, a former president of the church, inspired me to fulfill a life-long dream. Many times, those who ask who is Pres. Hinckley and I am able to share a little bit of the Gospel with them. The same thing happens when they want to know how I learned Spanish. I am then able to talk about my mission and the gospel. But I think the most important way I live my faith is being a good daughter, sister and aunt. If I am living the way I am supposed to, it will inspire others in my family to follow along and be the best they can be.