What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Jessica

I grew up in New York. I am a wife and mother. I am a cancer fighter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother. My husband and I have 5 energetic, young children. We enjoy spending time together in the outdoors, going to parks, playing games, cooking, and reading as a family. Most of my time is spent raising my kids. They keep me endlessly busy with all the inventive, silly, entertaining, and rascally things that they are doing. Motherhood is difficult, but it sure is a great adventure! In May of 2012 I was diagnosed with Stage III Breast Cancer. Currently I am undergoing chemotherapy and have various other treatments and procedures that still lie ahead. With my husband busy doing a medical residency, our 5 kids so young, and living states away from any family members, this was definitely an unexpected turn in our road of life. But I have been immensely grateful for the wonderful support of family members, friends, and medical staff who have made this experience so do-able.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in New York I was surrounded by many different religious beliefs and lifestyles. As a young and insecure girl with various trials in my life I had a desire to know who I was, why I was here, where I was going, and who God was. It was at this time that I really came to love and appreciate the scriptures. They were my source of answers, peace, insight, and inspiration. I really came to feel my Heavenly Father's love for me, understand more fully the importance and power of the Savior's Atonement in my life, and gain a greater appreciation for the peaceful influence of the Holy Ghost. That knowledge has continued to bless me and be a great source of strength for me. I am a Mormon because I have read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, beginning in my youth and throughout my life, and I know that they contain the words of God. They have brought me closer to my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. As I read the words of Christ and His doctrine, I have a desire to be a better person, love and serve others more completely as the Savior did, and share His joyful message with all.

How I live my faith

Right now my life is very busy with all my cancer treatments, hospital visits, and doctor appointments. Plus raising a few kids on the side! One of the greatest blessings of being a Mormon is the joy and peace that is available, through the doctrine of Christ, even as we walk through the storms of life. Dealing with cancer can be a very consuming, often painful, and very uncertain process. But because I have a knowledge of who my Savior is and what He suffered for me, I know that I don't have to endure any of this alone. He is there to comfort and sustain me - and that brings me a peace and happiness that can overcome even cancer! I don't know where cancer will take me or the outcome of all my treatments, but as a Book of Mormon prophet once stated, "I know in whom I have trusted. My God hath been my support." (2 Nephi 4:19-20) Because of my faith in Jesus Christ I have been able to find joy in the journey of life and appreciate the great learning experiences it presents.