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Hi I'm Jessica

I grew up in Utah. I'm serving a mission in Moscow, Russia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading exciting books with happy endings, and writing stories, especially based on fairy tales (which are way more varied than they're given credit for being). I have a sister and three younger brothers that I love being with, and my mom is my best friend. I love music, both listening to it and playing it. I went to a semester of college at BYU and then spent a semester as a volunteer teaching English in Moscow, Russia. I'm going back to Moscow now to serve a mission speaking Russian myself.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormons, and I got baptized when I was eight. When I started taking seminary classes, I seriously examined my beliefs and the doctrine of the Church, asking myself every question I could think of. I consistently found out that what I'd been told made a whole lot of sense. But more importantly, as I've continued attending church and reading scriptures and praying to God, I've come to know Him and His Son, and I know that They love me and the gospel is Their plan for me. I know that they support me through everything I do, and I know that They want me to be happy. Being a Mormon - a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or a follower of Christ - is what makes me truly happy.

How I live my faith

I try my best to draw closer to Christ and trust Him to guide me. I pray and study my scriptures and try to be kind and genuine with those around me. I'm going to Russia to teach the people there about the gospel and especially about Christ and His love for them.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Without the authority, baptism is just an act, like running a mile or climbing a tree. It's a good act, to show that you want to draw closer to God and follow him, but it is the authority that changes baptism from an action to a covenant - a promise between you and God that you will do your best to serve Him. He promises, in return, that He'll bless you and help you. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No. If someone practices polygamy, they can't be a member of our church. Mormons practice monogamy. God has, in the past, commanded His people to practice plural marriage, or polygamy - there are several examples of this in the Bible. One time that he commanded His people to practice plural marriage was at the beginning of this dispensation of time. This was a difficult commandment but the early members of the Church obeyed. Only those who were authorized to do so entered plural marriage, and these marriages were sealed by the priesthood power, or power of God. In 1890 the president of the Church received a revelation that plural marriage should end. Show more Show less