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Hi I'm Tess

I'm a daughter of the King. I'm a nursing student. I "speak" French. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a nursing student in Alabama. I'm a younger sister to two women, my eternal compadres. My daily struggles include getting all the smudges off my glasses and drinking 64 ounces of water. I believe everything sounds better in French... except my name. Nail polish is my catharsis. Salmon is my favorite food and color. I aspire to someday be a master recycler. My favorite quote is by a Mormon bishop (congregation leader in the church): "I have learned that churches are not museums or catwalks for perfected saints but rather labs for sinners."

Why I am a Mormon

It's all about happiness. I have found that I never regret keeping the commandments, the Word of Wisdom (the doctrine that teaches us to refrain from alcohol, tobacco, etc), and choosing to do what's right. It's such a great testament to the Lord's plan for me, and for each of us. I'm a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has testified of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to me personally. What an exceptional feeling! Growing up with the Gospel in my life was a blessing that I often took for granted, but now that I am living on my own, I have found how wonderful, essential, and true the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for myself. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ and has improved my own testimony of the atonement and our ability to repent and return to our Heavenly Father some day. He has given us a prophet on this earth today to guide and direct us. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. OUR Lord and Savior. You too! Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us so much that prepared a way for us to return to Him. I've accepted the calling and am striving every day to be more like Him.

How I live my faith

You be you. Do whatever you love, and do it well. Every week I meet people whose lives are at the lowest of the low, but my goal is to show them how happy I am and that, no matter their circumstance, they can be this happy too. Start and end every day with a prayer to our Heavenly Father. But, my day is really an ongoing prayer. Knowing how perfectly and wonderfully Heavenly Father loves each of us makes what I do so much easier. I try to show Christ's love to everyone I encounter-- we are merely instruments in His hands.