What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

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 Jesisca Smith

I'm a lacrosse player, I'm a world traveler, I'm a Beatle-maniac, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Short Hills, NJ and have a deep love for the East Coast. I think New York City is the greatest place in the world. I went to college at Brigham Young University, played on their Women's Lacrosse team and studied Political Science. My primary goals were to win a national championship and to change the world; the first one didn't quite pan out and I'm still working on the second one. My passion in life is for travel or adventure, whether it be in my immediate area, a few days spent somewhere new in the US, or a few months in a remote country far away from home. I love meeting new people, seeing new sites, and having new experiences. When I return home, I'm reminded that some of life's greatest treasures are here, with my friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this Church and was able to learn from the examples of my parents and from each of their testimonies. However, there is nothing like setting out on your own to increase your understanding and appreciation for the Gospel. Although there have been and will continue to be times in my life where I am alone, I am never alone in Christ. He fully understands the pains and sorrows that I endure and as a result knows best how to comfort me. Heavenly Father knows and loves each one of us individually and I am so grateful for that. A favorite hymn of mine best puts into words how I feel... "I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me. I tremble to know that for me he was crucified, that for me a sinner he suffered he bled and died. Oh it is wonderful that he should care for me, enough to die for me. Oh it is wonderful to me."

How I live my faith

Developing an understanding of God's love for each one of us individually as his son or daughter has changed the way I look at others. If He loves each of them so much, I too, need to develop this love. I need to help ease the burdens of others and lift them up from whatever sadness or hardships they are enduring. This can be fulfilled in a number of ways by taking on a role within our Church, a community organization, or with our friends and family. I currently work with the women of my congregation to make sure that their temporal needs are met which means I help them to find jobs, housing, food, etc.. Seeing how eager Heavenly Father is to bless each of his children, oftentimes indirectly through others, has increased my love of God as well as his children.