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Hi I'm Jess.

I grew up in small town Iowa. I live for spontaneous moments of awesome. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mother of one amazing little boy. I'm going to college and getting Master's in Elementary Education. I hope to teach upper elementary and start an arts camp aimed at giving all kids a chance at art and music. I love video games, music, reading, and art. There are so many amazing things to life. Little moments, spontaneous road trips, dancing in your living room when no one is watching. I like to try to remind myself that beauty and love is all around and that everything from a phone call to a child's hug to a promotion are all amazing in their own rights. People should be celebrated for their amazing inner spirit.

Why I am a Mormon

Honestly, the Church has never left me even when I didn't need it. I remember when my son was born members of the Relief Society brought my son, Matthew, a welcome to the world package with handmade blanket and some other baby essentials. I didn't even get that much from members of my family the day my son was born. It was very touching to know that I never even associated with these women before but the cared about him so completely and so unselfishly. I've never met a member of the Church that makes an earnest effort to follow the principles taught that does not have a kind spirit. Everyone is so unique and caring. It's amazing to see talents celebrated and people rally around one another. I know this Church is true. I know that the love and spirit shown by each member unselfishly can bring out the best and touch your soul.

How I live my faith

When it comes down to it, we're all in this together so it doesn't make any sense to bicker or be hateful. It's just a waste of energy to be spiteful or rude. Even a simple smile at someone just reaffirms their existence. I try not to judge anyone. It isn't my place. I try to smile at everyone. Offer whatever I can to anyone. When it comes down to it it could be that I can only offer a ear to listen and some tissues for the hardships. Sometimes that's enough though. We shouldn't feel alone in anything. I try to live by being a helpful, generous person. I try to live in service of everyone I meet. And it saddens me greatly that people just do be nice to each other. My faith teaches me that we all have to lift each other up and show each other that life is amazing and beautiful.