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Hi I'm JP

I’m a lover not a fighter. Blessed with good brains & a big heart, I love health, Brazil, people & peanut butter. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I'm happy. I'm small town. I have my shy moments but mostly I'm an extrovert. I'm a vegetarian. I speak three languages: English, Portuguese and love. I love BRAZILLIAN food, mexican food, italian food, indian food. . .I mostly just like food. I love to live my life, it's my favorite adventure. I'm in love with peanut butter, my neices and nephews, snowboarding, physical activity. I am studying exercise and wellness sciences in preparation for Physician Assistant School. There are a few things that I get on a soap box about and they include: the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, health and wellness (especially nutrition), and pretty much human behavior especially as it relates to the gospel. I love God and I know He loves me and that defines a lot of my character.

Why I am a Mormon

My Saturday morning cartoon preferences were always the Ninja Turtles, Spiderman and X-Men. My big brother and I would always play superheroes and since I can remember it has always been my dream to save the world. One of my earliest efforts included stealing hotdogs from the refridgerator to give to those who did not have food or shelter—ALMOST like Robin Hood. I would place the contraband at the end of our property in Caldwell Idaho. The hotdogs were always gone the next day and I was happy…even if it was just the homeless canine population that benefitted. As I got older, I wasn’t sure what I believed but I knew I wanted to help people, that is when I decided that medicine was the path for me. However, I soon realized that the relief from pain and suffering that I could offer was only temporary. The Lord blessed me with a realization that through the Savior Jesus Christ we can be healed spiritually, emotionally and physically. Through Him, we can progress and TRULY BE HAPPY. I realized it when I felt that healing in my own life. I am a Mormon because” the world’s solutions, time and time again, fail to meet the needs of the world’s problems.” I have seen how the gospel of Jesus Christ is constantly relevant in my own life and of countless others. It is the force that IS and will continue changing the world.

How I live my faith

My faith at some point stopped being a philosophy of life and became a part of who I am just as my arms or my thoughts are a part of me. Mostly, I live it quietly in the moments when no one is looking and I have the opportunity to talk directly to my Father in Heaven or to reflect on the principles he has taught me or things that I still don't understand. My faith is a part of my studies (secular and spiritual) and in the way I communicate with my fellow man. It determines my priorities and has influenced my decisions involving school and my professional career. I often ask myself, "will this bring me closer to God and Jesus Christ or not? Will this help me follow Christ's example?" If it doesn't, I know that I must reevaluate something. One of the best experiences I have had living the gospel of Jesus Christ was as a missionary in Northeast Brazil. Their I was able to share this gospel with the amazing people there. I thought that by being a missionary I could pay the Lord back for all of the blessings I had received. I came back with a higher debt. I saw how the happiness that had affected my life drastically changed the lives of so many and the joy I felt in being an instrument in declaring it to some of those people brought me the most joy I have yet experienced in my short 23 years of life.