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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a student, a Brazilian American and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of four children. My parents were both born in Brazil and moved to the United States to study. I am studying English Creative Writing and after I get my bachelor’s degree, I want to study Linguistics as a graduate. I love reading, and I'll basically read anything I can get my hands on! I love music, calligraphy, hiking and animals. I hate needles and root beer (they both make me feel sick). My favorite thing to do if I have a few minutes of free time is play the piano (if there's one nearby). I used to play the viola, but quickly stopped practicing after High School and someday I'd like to pick it up again. I can also play the harmonica (sort of) and the tin whistle. I have a call to serve a mission in Brazil, Recife. Lucky for me, not only do I already speak Portuguese, but I studied in Recife for 2 months, so I already know the city!

Why I am a Mormon

At first I was LDS because my parents were both LDS. My mom was converted and my dad's entire family (his six siblings, two parents and his aunts and uncles which are too numerous to count) were all converted to the church, so I knew there had to be something special about it. As I got older, I began to really think about my participation in the church. Through a lot of study, prayer and experience, I gained my own testimony. I know that Heavenly Father is watching me, that he loves me and that he wants me to return to him. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that he translated the Book of Mormon. And my testimony is the reason why I am going on a mission. I would not waste 18 months of my life (which could be well spent, as I would graduate next year if I stayed and studied) on something that I don't really believe in or that I only put half my heart into. I am going because I really believe in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I know that the Book of Mormon can change people’s lives.

How I live my faith

I always try to do what is right (not that I always succeed, of course). I try to pray often and read my scriptures every day. The day always goes better if I remember to do the little things. For a while, I used to play the piano at church. I would play a little prelude before the meeting, then accompany the congregation in the hymns, then play postlude after the meeting. Now, however, I am part of a committee that oversees the women in our ward. My job is to oversee the sisters that have been assigned to me to make sure they "visit teach" the sisters that have been assigned to them. I am to motivate them to visit with their sisters, help them if they need it and at the end of the month call them and see how they did and how the sisters they are assigned to are doing.