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Hi I'm Jessica Naatjes

I'm a Minnesotan, I'm a college student, a chemistry nerd, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love almost anything to do with music. I dance, sing, play piano, and listen to a wide variety of music. I have always lived in Minnesota (you betcha, don'cha know!) until 2011 when I got in to BYU, and it has been an incredible experience! I like learning about the world around me and how it works. My major as of now is Food Science. I have an older brother and a little sister (who is five), and two amazing parents who have helped me through the hard times in life. I also like to watch movies, play tennis, and hang with my roommates and friends. I will be spending the next year and a half as a full-time missionary in Sacramento, California, speaking Spanish, and I can't wait to get out there!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were the ones who raised me in the Mormon church, but they always made sure that I knew that it was my choice, and that I needed to find out for myself if this was the right thing. I have always and will continue to study and live the church's principles daily. There is nothing that I have ever studied or learned that rings truer to me than this Gospel. It makes me happy, and I am shown every day that it is true. As I continually strive to be as close to these principles as I can, my happiness continues to increase. The church has saved my life. I have something that other people don't, and I value it. I find comfort in its teachings, and always know that I can live another day because my Savior will always be there for me. Mormonism not only resonates with what I feel is the right thing, but it makes logical sense to me. The more I learn about my faith, the more I understand the world around me.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday so that I can rest from the cares of the world, I reestablish my determination and make a fresh start every week by taking the Sacrament and listening to the messages prepared for me to hear. I am an active member of the Relief Society for women in the church. This program has helped me grow closer to the girls in my apartment building, and has taught me a lot about service to others. I try to study the scriptures every day, and pray to my Father in Heaven whenever I can. I love this Gospel! I love my Savior! I am so grateful for every aspect of the life I have been given! The good times testify to me of the love and mercy of my Savior. The bad times draw me closer to him, and allow me to stretch myself. I grow stronger and wiser every day from living the Gospel. And although I know that there is so much more that I can learn and do and become, I don't have to be afraid. I only need to enjoy the ride, and pick up what I can from it. As a missionary, I will devote all my time and energies to sharing this Gospel's message with everyone I come in contact with. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be a representative of my Lord Jesus Christ. I will never let go of this Gospel, and because of that, I know that the Lord will never let go of me.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Jessica Naatjes
There is a difference between feeling the Holy Ghost, and having the gift of it. When we get this gift, it means that when we are worthy of it, the Spirit can actually dwell in us, instead of just occasionally influencing us. We have the Holy Ghost as a CONSTANT companion to give us inspiration, comfort, warnings, and guidance in our lives. Because of this gift, we are never alone, which in itself is a huge comfort. We know that when we can feel the influence of the Spirit in our lives, we are close to God. It makes you feel so LIGHT, and PEACEFUL, even in the hardest times. The Holy Ghost can even teach you how to pray, or what to do in a situation. It reminds you of things you already know, and guides you to understand more. Sometimes its job is to tell us when we've gone off course, and need to change. However, when we really are willing to listen and obey, even that is a great blessing! Show more Show less