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Hi I'm Jessica

I am a mother to seven special needs children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a stay-at-home mother of seven children. I am also a grandmother now thanks to my oldest son and his beautiful wife. I enjoy reading, volunteering in my children's schools, and gardening. I enjoy taking my children to the park and having picnic lunches.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for many reasons. I have read and studied the Old and New Testaments in the Holy Bible as well as The Book of Mormon. I love the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I have prayed over his words and I have felt in my heart the love the Lord has for me. I feel closer to my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, when I read from the Holy Scriptures. Probably the strongest reason I am a Mormon is because we are taught that the Lord will answer our prayers. There have been many times throughout my life when I needed guidance and direction. I have been able to kneel and pray to the Lord and seek his direction. I believe He has answered my prayers. I remember the first time I heard the voice of a modern day prophet. As I sat listening to him talk, my heart swelled within me and my mind responded to his words with the thought, "He is speaking directly to me. These are things I need in my life. He is speaking to me." The crowd was large, and I was not even in the same room as the prophet, but I knew after that day that he was a prophet of God. His words were inspired. He was saying what I needed to hear in my life at that time. I know that God has His prophet on the earth today. I know that The Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus is the Christ. He is the Savior of the entire world. He loves all people. His teachings are vital for peace and happiness in this modern world of turmoil. He is a personal God. He loves each of us individually, and He wants each of us to be happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to learn more about Jesus each day through daily scripture reading and study. Then I try to do the things that He taught. Each month I visit women who attend my congregation at their homes. I try to make sure that they and their families have their needs met. If there is a need, I try to help, and if the need is beyond my abilities to help with then I go to the leaders of our congregation and inform them of any assistance that might be needed. Sometimes we just talk or go out to lunch together. But I hope they know that I truly love each of them and their families. I also volunteer time reading to children or helping them with math at my children's schools. I try to donate food or resources to community groups that help the poor or homeless. I also help sit in my children's Sunday school classes to help with crowd control or potty breaks or whatever the Sunday school teacher may need assistance with. I believe in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and afflicted, visiting those in prison, and taking care of the fatherless, the widow, and the orphan. I try to notice opportunities to be able to do these things.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Jessica
When people have asked me this question, I always answer the same way. Do not just believe me or your friends. The wonderful thing about Heavenly Father is that He loves each one of us. He wants to answer our prayers and our concerns. I recommend studying the scriptures and learning more about "mormonism" from the missionaries or a Mormon friend you trust. And then in the privacy of your own home, kneel down and pray. Ask God if it is true. He will not lie to you. He will not lead you astray. Pray to Him with all your heart. Talk to Him about what you are learning, about any questions you have, and about your desire to know His truth. As you study, pray, and keep the commandments, He will answer you through His holy spirit (also known as the Holy Ghost). Pay attention to your feelings. The Holy Ghost will bring warm, sweet, calm, peaceful feelings to your heart as you are learning truth. The spirit will whisper truth to your heart and mind. So don't believe me. Study, pray, and listen. You will find out for yourself if you are willing to trust the Lord to answer you. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Jessica
Mormons live as individuals and families within the laws and cultural norms of the areas they are raised with the addition of the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ included in their activities and lives. We hold jobs, eat at restaurants, and attend social activities like sporting events and movies. We attend church to learn from one another about the scriptures, the commandments, the purpose of life, and Heavenly Father's plan of salvation. We believe the family to be the central part of Heavenly Father's plan so we focus much of our teachings and activities around strengthening and supporting the family. We are taught to serve one another and the communities we live in. We feel blessed with the knowledge we have that brings so much happiness and peace into our lives and want to share it with those around us. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Jessica
The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, along with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. We believe that each member of the Godhead work together in one purpose, but that they are individual and separate Beings. The Holy Ghost's mission is to testify of God the Eternal Father and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The Holy Ghost testifies of all eternal truths. He is the messenger of God who touches our hearts and our mind to guide and teach us. He is also known as the Holy Spirit. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Jessica
"For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." (2 Nephi 25:23). I believe that as our hearts are converted to Christ, we naturally want to become more like Him. I believe those who follow Christ's admonition to "come follow me" will learn of His teachings, His commandments, and His exemplary life. Then the convert will try to live in obedience to His commandments and live His teachings while following His examples. Through changing our lives to follow His, we are expressing our deep love for Him and our commitment to Him. The "after all we can do" part is our way of expressing love and gratitude for all He has done for us. But we are all imperfect beings who at times make mistakes, sin, and fall short of the standards Jesus taught. We believe that it is by grace we are saved. Three verses later in the same chapter it reads, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." That source is Jesus Christ. Earlier in the Book of Mormon it reads, "there shall be no other name given nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent." (Mosiah 3:17) We believe in the grace of Christ. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Jessica
We should have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This means we should put all of our trust in Him. I know that as I put forth faith to read the scriptures, obey the commandments, follow the example Jesus set, and act as He has taught His followers to act, then I can trust that He will bless me. He will send the Holy Spirit to guide me, comfort me, teach me, and protect me. He will make my burdens lighter. He will answer my prayers. I will feel His love in my heart. Show more Show less