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Hi I'm Jessica Rae West :)

I am bubbly, happy, I love sports, brownies & cookies 'n cream ice cream :D and I have an amazing family! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello friends! :) I am the youngest of 6 kids and I love all my nieces and nephews like crazy! :) I grew up playing softball and volleyball. But I love all sports! Most of all football and volleyball :) I play whenever I have the opportunity. I have completed some college and plan on going back after my mission. I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have really come to learn, grow and gain a testimony for myself of the Book of Mormon and Bible and the wonderful, unique message they contain. I still have a lot to learn (for it is a life long process) but in studying daily I have learned how to apply the teachings of the scriptures to my life, my words, and my actions. It took me quite a while to decide it was right for me to serve a mission. It was something I had been thinking and praying about for approximately two years. I had several different occasions where I had received my answer, yet I was too scared and felt too inadequate to act on my answer of serving. I felt that I did not have enough knowledge about the scriptures or its doctrine. But with the support of many and the love of my Father in Heaven and Savior, I came to realize that my testimony was, and would be, very important to those whose paths I would cross as well as myself. I would not trade my learning experiences and growth for anything. It has been tough, but well worth the trip! :)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints :) For quite some time, my testimony was based off of my parents, siblings, friends and church leaders. But as a freshman in high school I took my first year of Seminary; that was when I began reading my scriptures and praying daily. I slowly began to understand and develope my own individual testimony. In the years following, I would go through the many ups and downs in life as all of us do. There was a time when I was not happy about who i was and how I was living my life. I wasn't exactly sure how to get back to the bubbly, happy, fun and outgoing girl I was growing up. But I had a number of amazing experiences where my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ's love burst through the clouds of confusion. Do to the wonderful love and friendship of family and church leaders, I was able to find my way back and be my happy self again :D I have seen people go through similar things, and those who chose to change and make better decisions, have never regretted it. I cherish the testimony which I have developed. I am SO thankful for the Priesthood Authority that has been restored back to the earth. The power it contains has proven to me time and time again that the true Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored back to the earth. I am so grateful for the examples of worthy Priesthood holders who surround me daily throughout my life :)

How I live my faith

I have had so many cool opportunities to share my Faith with those I see and talk to daily. I would be asked by many of my coworkers what I believe and why. It was so cool to be able to share with them my testimony, verbally and by example, of how the church has affected my life. For a couple years, I had the calling of assistant ward organist :) I loved it! :) It was/is so relaxing to just sit and play the church hymns. I would play the piano for hours to relieve the stress of school and life. As a missionary I am so thankful to be sharing my love and appreciation for the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others, whether they are familiar with Jesus Christ or not. I am amazed every day at how much God loves us, each and every one of his children. He knows us all individually and wants us to be happy. One of my most favorite parts about being a missionary is seeing the light of knowledge and understanding come into people's eyes as the Spirit testifies to them of their worth and God's love for them.