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Hi I'm Jade

I'm mildly obsessed with Disney, love the arts, and anything outdoors. I'm a stay at home mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Our family recently moved to the Bay Area for a job. I grew up in Utah but am enjoying living in California so far. I received a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education with a minor to teach those who are learning English as a second language. In my spare time I enjoy playing the piano, attempting to sing, and spending time outdoors. I served as a missionary for the Church in Thailand. Therefore I love Thai people, Thai food, and everything about the culture! In the past I have kept myself busy participating in musical theater performances wherever I can. I love performing! A few years ago I had the chance to work at Walt Disney World. It was the greatest! Now I spend most of my time playing with our little boy. We enjoy going on walks together and playing at the park. I occasionally teach piano lessons and am looking for opportunities to volunteer in my community, especially with the arts.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon for a lot of reasons. First of all, I was lucky enough to be born into a family where both of my parents were already members of the Church. They raised me well. They taught me how to pray, study the scriptures, and the importance of attending church. They taught me about my Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ. As I grew older, my leaders at church, friends, and neighbors also influenced my life for good. I guess you could say that their examples fueled my desire to attend church and follow my Savior Jesus Christ. I remember how happy I was when I was eight years old and my dad baptized me and confirmed me a member of the Church. I remember feeling so happy and warm inside. As I continued to learn about Christ's Gospel, I just kept feeling good inside - I felt the Holy Ghost testifying truth to me. I am still a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to this day because I have received a witness that this is indeed the restored church of Jesus Christ again upon the Earth. I know that a living prophet is at the head, to lead us and help us. I know that the Bible and Book of Mormon are the word of God. I know that God loves us - that He loves me personally. I know that as I have learned the doctrine of Christ and continue to apply it in my life, I have received immense joy and happiness. One key thing that we believe is that there is life after death. We also believe that our families can be together forever. Those are very important things to me and I know them to be true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by example. Everyday I try to be the best I can. It's not always easy. I often catch myself thinking, saying, or doing things that are not the best. But I pray for help to overcome my weaknesses and become more like the daughter my Father in Heaven knows I can become. I look for opportunities where I can serve others and lend a helping hand, or even just smile and say hi. Sometimes I get scared, but I do my best to reach out to those around me and help make their day. One thing I do to show my faith is visit different women in the congregation. I befriend them and look for opportunities to serve and strengthen them and their families. At church every Sunday I lead the congregation in singing. It's nerve-racking to be up in front of everyone but I know that singing hymns is a way of worshiping and showing our love to God and His Son so I'm happy to do it.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Jade
Anyone can attend church services with us. You can find a church almost anywhere in the world. The entire church services last 3 hours but don't let that scare you away. The 70 minutes is typically where everyone comes together (both single and with families) to sing hymns (we're not professional singers - but it's a way we worship God), pray, partake of the sacrament (bread and water blessed by the priesthood holders to remind us of covenants we've made with God), and listen to speakers. After the sacrament meeting, there's an hour of Sunday school where everyone attends age appropriate classes. There are classes for toddlers, children, youth, and adults. It's where we learn more about the word of God by studying the scriptures together. Then the third hour we're still in age appropriate groups but the men and women are divided in separate classes and we continue studying the Gospel of Jesus Christ together. The Sunday School and other classes are for us to ask questions, pray, and study together. There's something to learn every week and it's a way to rejuvenate our spirits to get us ready for the upcoming week. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Jade
Yes! If you are familiar with the Bible, you know that God has always called a prophet to direct His Church and lead His people on the Earth. We believe that God still calls prophets to lead and guide us today. Our current prophet is President Thomas S. Monson. I know that he is truly a prophet of God because he teaches us God's word, which is harmonious to what is found in the Bible and Book of Mormon. When I follow his counsel, I receive blessings from God. Show more Show less