What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Jess Marriott

I memorize Shakespeare. I climb mountains. I love chocolate, cookies, and chocolate cookies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life is my family. I feel blessed that each member of my family is doing everything they can to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. And by doing that—coming closer to Christ—we become closer to each other. My sisters are my comfort. My brothers are my champions. My nieces and nephews are experts in love. My parents are my examples and biggest fans. And my husband—he's the greatest gift God has ever given me, my joy, my confidant, and my best friend. My husband and I were married in April 2014 after a seven-year friendship. So I literally married my best friend. We married shortly after he returned from serving an LDS mission. I continue to work, already graduated, while he finishes school. We look forward to a family soon. Together, we love to read, eat popcorn and cookie dough, hike, camp, and be outside. For me, I love being outside and exploring God's earth because I connect with Him when I do. Every day and all of nature is a witness of His love and mercy. My husband and I are both literature buffs—give us a classic and we will spend all day learning from literature and history. Our favorite authors include Dickens, Milne, Shakespeare, and God (not necessarily in that order). We also travel, trying to see our families as often as possible (some live quite a distance). I just try to be happy being me because I know that God loves me and has made me who I am and will continue to refine me until I reach my potential. I do what I love and use what I love to glorify God.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this gospel is true. I know who I am and that God is the Father of my spirit. I have made sacred covenants with Him. I know what He wants for me, and I want that too. I know these things are true because the Holy Ghost has told me so. Romans 8:16 say that "the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God." I have had those experiences over and over again. I am His literal daughter. He loves me. And because of that, I have worth. I want to be as close to God as possible, and I find that living His gospel is the best way to do that. And His gospel is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by prayer. Prayer is everything to me. I realize my life is, by most standards, wonderful. But it is still challenging to me. Sometimes, the only person I can talk to is my Heavenly Father. It is He I lay every plan before, tell all my joys and heartaches to. Sometimes I spend hours in prayer to feel His love. So often, kneeling in prayer feels like a hug. I need that so that when I get off my knees, I can keep doing the things He wants me to. I pray to remember who I am, which knowledge inspires my choices. I have served in many teaching callings in the church. I love to teach. I love to testify of the things I know. I love to study and learn the words of God through His Spirit and then go tell others, praying that learning God's words will do for them what it does for me: bring me closer to Him. I love helping others learn who they are, who God is, and what their relationship is with Him. The knowledge that I am His daughter is my greatest possession and the thing that makes me the most happy. I try to be the same person in private that I am in public because I have learned that more often than not, someone is looking to my example. I don't want to let my Heavenly Father down who has asked me to be an example. Elder Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said that "we become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become." I try to focus on that each day—coming closer to Christ and helping someone else come closer to Christ as well.

What is being a Mormon like?

Jess Marriott
Being a Mormon makes me happy. Many people think that the doctrines and principles of the church are restricting and demanding. But as I have lived these principles and have tested whether or not they are true (John 7:17, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."), the rewards and blessings that have come to my life are immeasurable. One doctrine I have tested is whether or not living by God's commandments brings peace. And I can promise that this is true. The world is tumultuous in its changes and trials, but I do not fear. I have great peace and happiness in my life because I know that God has not left us alone and has a plan for His children. Being a Mormon makes me very happy. Show more Show less