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Hi I'm Jessica McLaws

I'm a college student. I'm an artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love everything in the arts. I love singing, dancing, acting, playing the piano, drawing and painting. I did choir and theater in High School, and continued on into college. I am a 23-year old soon-to-be college graduate, soon-to-be Student Teacher in the Art Department. I am the youngest of my family and I am an aunt of 7 wonderful children. I am engaged to a wonderful young man, and I hope to teach in an art classroom in a high school or junior high school some day.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life. My parents are both members, and my siblings and I have been raised in the teachings of the gospel. But, like very many members of this church, I am a convert, too. I didn't want to depend on my parents' testimonies--I wanted to have my very own. The reason why I continue to follow His gospel is through my own self-discovery of the truth and light that is found in this gospel. Through my life's experiences and hardships throughout high school and college have brought me a deeper understanding of the blessings that you will receive from heeding to the Lord's teachings. Our Heavenly Father wants nothing but to shower us with blessings, and that sometimes includes personally learning about His Plan of Salvation, and how it works. If there is one thing that I can say about His gospel in this church in these Latter-days, is that it is eternal. It has always been the same, and it will forever be the same. The teachings that are taught in this church are the same throughout the entire world, and the spirit that you feel from hearing these teachings is powerful and comforting. I know that I am a daughter of our Heavenly Father, and I know that through learning and heeding to the teachings of His prophets and obeying His commandments, we will have the chance to return to His kingdom someday. I can testify that the Book of Mormon really is another book that testifies the presence of our Savior Jesus Christ, and we can learn many things from its contents. I know that the prophet Thomas S. Monson is our modern-day prophet, and he converses with our Heavenly Father, and he teaches us the things that we need to know and do.

How I live my faith

If there is one thing that is important to me, is that you do what you believe. The gospel teaches us to serve and love another as we are brothers and sisters, to be a part of the community and give, and to act as our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ would act. And in order for me to honestly and truly believe these things, I must put them into action. Every day as I go to work or school, I try to think of ways that I can serve my fellowman. Even the simplest of things such as holding the door for someone, picking up someone's books, or even just smiling and saying hello can be a great service to others. I have participated in youth organizations to help clean and touch-up small communities that are in need, I have visited nursing homes and even sang and played the piano for them. I have even babysat for free for young married couples who could not afford a babysitter. My intent is not to show-off my good deeds, but just to let anyone who reads this know that there are even the simplest of things that can be done through the teachings of the Gospel. One of my favorite quotes (and I love quotes) is, "...As ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40)