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Hi I'm Jill

I grew up in ice-skating in Colorado. I'm a missionary in the Oakland/San Francisco mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of five kids and love spending time with my family. I love movies, music, and books. I'm studying public relations and hope to use it to make the world a little better, a little brighter. I hate the rain, but I love the snow. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains so I love being outside: camping, hiking, rafting - you name it. I love good food - I'm always trying to stick to a diet but I feel no shame or guilt when I slip up and dive into some red velvet cake or tiramisu. I love to laugh but I'm no comedian, so I surround myself with funny friends who know when to be serious. I look at life like not only a journey, but a road trip - and I love road trips.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the church my whole life, and for a while, I treated it as just something I did. I didn't feel like I had a choice in the matter so as a teenager, I was really lost and confused. I didn't know what I wanted. But I didn't really understand the gospel at that time. I love this religion because it allows me so much peace and freedom. We all still have our agency; our Heavenly Father is not going to ever take that away. As I've lived the commandments that He has given us, I have seen how much happiness they bring into my life. Most of the commandments not only bring me spiritual peace, but temporal peace as well. Once you've lived them, His commandments all make sense. And even when one doesn't make sense and I slip up, I feel the unhappiness it brings me, and I know I can come back and repent. I know our Heavenly Father is merciful, as evident by the fact that he gives us so many chances to repent of our sins and mistakes and come back to him. No matter what you do, you're never too far gone. He loves us and just wants us to be happy; I know that is true. As you live His commandments, you are able to understand that a little more each day. Having learned that, I'll never take for granted that knowledge again. I know that as I follow the teachings of the LDS gospel, I will be the happiest I can be, in good times and in bad.

How I live my faith

Being away from home and at college can get lonely, so a lot of the things I participated in at BYU were aimed at uniting others. I put together groups that met every Monday night so people in our apartment complex could meet each other and develop friendship more easily. College is busy, but I tried to find as many opportunities to serve as I could. I volunteered at Kids on the Move, an organization that helps educate parents on how to raise children with developmental delays. When things got too busy and I could dedicate a few hours to that one week, I still tried to look around to see who needed my help. I'm not the kind of person that will make a meal or cookies for anyone struggling, but I found the best thing I could give them was my time and attention. Most people just need someone to listen to them, so that's something I learned how to do. Right now, I'm preparing to serve a mission for my church, where I will dedicate 18 months to teaching the gospel. No movies, no music, very little communication with family and friends - and I couldn't be more excited for this opportunity to serve.