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Hi I'm Jessica Leigh

I am a busy college student and volunteer at the PICU at my local hospital. Laughing is my favorite thing to do, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am Jessica, nicknamed "bubbles" by some, due to my personality :) I am a 20-year old college student studying pre-nursing, in attempt to graduate with my RN and work in a PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit). That or be an occupational therapist working with children. I love kids-they are truly the ones that teach us so much about life, forgiveness, simplicity, imagination, and being yourself! One must-have of life is adventure. Otherwise, it'd be such a boring world. Others would call it craziness...hiking mountains, swimming Alcatraz, jumping off waterfalls at Havasupai....you name it. Where ever I go I have music or am making it; it's a necessity of life. So are the outdoors! Nothing can compare to sunshine and God's creations. I spend most of my time doing homework, but during the summer my life is the pool. I'm a lifeguard and love it. It goes back to the sunshine and kids thing. Other things I enjoy are family time, service, socializing, dancing, exercise and laughing. You'd be surprised at how far a smile can go. Go give it a try :) I consider myself to be easy to be around and a great listener, caring and having great integrity. I find such joy when people come to me for anything...comfort, problem solving or just to vent. Friendship is treasured and constantly built with so many people. It's a beautiful thing. I love life, people and new experiences to learn and grow from. That's me in a nutshell!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, baptized at the age of 12 with my mom, sister and step-brother. My mom's friend introduced us to the church a few months prior to that, but before then I had no clue what "Mormon" was, or any other church terms/doctrine. My parents divorced when I was 7, sister was 5 and my brother was 1. It was not an easy time for my family, and I remember going through grieving, but knowing there was a reason for it. I was able to see my dad still since he remained in the same town. After the divorce my mother took us all over with her in her search to fulfill her spiritual needs. We visited different churches, groups, listened to various sermons and talk shows. That was when my faith and belief in God developed. I knew what prayer was, who God was, about the atonement and the Bible. However, there was never any structure to my beliefs, just that they were. When my family began the missionary discussions, the change and hardship added to my family was insane, but amazing. We learned about the amazing truths of the gospel and how to better live our lives in the way that God would have us live it. We learned about the Book of Mormon and the temple. I've read the Book of Mormon, and the feeling I have, even still, when I read it is overpowering and beautiful. When I first read it, I felt as though there was a glowing light inside of me that caused me to feel such peace, love and truth that only comes from the witness of the Holy Ghost that it is true. The same feeling was present when I would attend church, pay tithing and keep the commandments. Heavenly Father's plan is so perfect and precise. As weird as it may seem, had my parents not divorced, I would not have been baptized, sealed with my family/step-dad or become the person I am today, that is constantly changing for the better. This is because of the truth I KNOW and the way I live my life with the knowledge that I am a daughter of God.

How I live my faith

I am currently the 2nd counselor in the women's organization in my area for church, but before that I served as a ward missionary, working with the missionaries, investigators and less active members. It is amazing to serve as the hand of the Lord, even when we don't realize it. A calling is a role, but even without one, I live my faith by example: by the way I dress modestly, the way I speak, act, what activities I choose to do and not do, how I make my decisions and how I look at life. I live with gratitude to Heavenly Father and look to Him for everything! There is nothing too ridiculous to pray about (2 Nephi 32:9). By reading the scriptures daily, listening/reading the words of latter-day prophets and leaders of God, and staying uplifted helps me to remember who I am, who I represent and why I do the things that I do. I do them because it is the best and blessed way of life and brings true joy.