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Hi I'm Jess

I grew up in the Ogden area of Utah. I love music: I sing, play violin and piano - and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, my name is Jess. I am a single college student just beginning my life's journey. I have many dreams and aspirations, my problem is deciding which one to go after first, for I have many interests. Cooking! -my mother tells stories of when my sisters and I were little we'd always want to help in the kitchen. We'd grab our little aprons and have mommy tie the long strings in big bows around our waists. You'd then hear the squeaking of a chair being dragged across the linoleum floor over to the counter to mommy. To this day I love to cook and often create my own recipes. As I got older I discovered more interests and hobbies. I was a huge reader-I loved being pulled into a world other than my own: the adventures of The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Count of Monte Cristo, the romance of the Jane Austen novels, all excited my imagination. I was often in trouble for sneaking away to some small corner of the house during Saturday morning chores to read for hours. I also developed a love of music. Both my parents were musically inclined and for family nights we'd stand around the piano singing while my mother's fingers danced on the ivory keys. In addition to singing, I also had lessons for piano and violin. Because of a musical background and the many opportunities afforded me, music has also become my career choice and am currently studying in Vocal Pedagogy. But out of all my interests the most important is my family, for it was with my family where the others were discovered.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS home and was taught to have high moral standards. Because of such, my conversion to the gospel wasn't an event but a process over time of discovering for myself that this church is the true church of God and Christ. It was the small things that helped my testimony grow. My Mother would wake us up at 6:00 am to have scripture reading as a family. I admit at the time this was not my most favorite of things to do at 6:00 am, in fact I would I would have preferred to be still in bed, sleeping. But because of it, it planted the small seeds needed as a foundation for my testimony of the Book of Mormon and Christ's Church. As years went by, the seeds began to nourish and grow. There aren't too many specif events along the way but rather small things that would water the seeds of my testimony; the example of my parents, going to church, being taught to pray, reading the scriptures, attending seminary in high school, the books I read, and the testimonies of family and friends. Through all these things and the trials I would face, I came to know that God lives and that he loves me. The knowledge of his love for me gives feelings of indescribable happiness. It has helped me overcome many obstacles that have blocked my path. Having comfort and help from my Heavenly Father has made enduring through obstacles less of a burden and a happier journey. I am so thankful for the example and hard work my parents put into the upbringing of my siblings and I. Having the gospel in my life has made all the difference.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through the daily choices I make. Prayer, and scripture study. In all things there is much room for improvement, but I try my best to stay close to Jesus Christ. Growing up I helped in the church through different callings I had. I was in several presidencies of a young women's organization of our church. We would plan weekly activities, and help those who were struggling spiritually in our group. Later after graduating high school, I was moved to a ward with a group of single Latter Day Saints. My first calling was the Choir President and the Pianist for the women's lessons on Sunday. As choir president I was over calling the young single adults to come and participate in church choir. At first this was rather difficult, for I was very shy. But as time went by it became easier. As the pianist I played for what is known as Relief Society. It is an organization of the women of our church and on Sundays we would meet as women to have a lesson taught regarding the gospel. We open and end with singing a hymn and as the pianist I would play the hymns. This was also difficult at first, but by the end my sight reading music improved a lot and prepared my for my next calling. I am still currently in the Young Single Adult Ward and my current calling is the Music Chairman. I organize musical numbers, choir performances, practices, and music programs. Helping out through my callings has helped me in all areas of my life. I am not as shy as I once was, my leadership skills have been strengthened and my musical skills have also been much improved. As I have participated in this church I have come to realize how important the gospel is to me and my testimony has grown immensely. Because of the joy and happiness I have experienced through living the gospel I have desired to be a missionary. I will soon will be leaving to serve a mission for the church. I know Heavenly Father loves all his children and I feel I need to help spread to good news of his gospel.