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Hi I'm Jaleesa

I am nearing the end of my service as a missionary. I love the outdoors, music, and dance. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving as a missionary and servant of the Lord in the South Dakota Rapid City mission and am loving it. I am nearing the end of my mission, but am able to look back and see all of the amazing things that I have learned while helping others to come closer to Christ. I will be soon returning to the realm of school and work, and am excited to see my family again. I have learned so many things about myself, life, and our Savior Jesus Christ. I will be returning to school at Brigham Young University- Idaho, with my major as Elementary Education. I love children and believe that one person really can change the world, even if it is just one child's world. Reading and music is and has always been my passion, my way of escaping this world and its problems. I love music and play the piano, violin, and sing. As a result of my passions, I have also had the opportunity to participate in some high school and community musicals in theater. I love the world, whether I am inside or outside. I grew up camping and playing in the mountains. My parents taught me at a young age to love nature and benefit from everything that Heavenly Father has put on the earth. I have often wondered why we as humans love the outdoors and why we find rocks and trees beautiful, when by themselves they are plain. I believe that when we separate ourselves from the world and come back to nature the love we are feeling for the nature is part of the love we are feeling from Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, I believe that even those who have been in the Church for their whole lives still need to become personally converted to the Gospel and to Christ. I feel that I have been being converted especially within the last few years, since I started school at BYU-Idaho and have served a full-time mission. It didn't come like a light coming on in a room, but rather as a sunrise on a summer morning: slow and peaceful. The sun is not all the way up for me, however. I am still and will always be working on my personal conversion for the rest of my life. I know that the Gospel is true. I have read the Book of Mormon and found for myself that it is truth. I have had moments of doubt because everything seemed so incredible. How could it have all worked out the way it did? Isn't it strange? What if this Church is a lie? After many hours of soul-searching, praying, and studying Heavenly Father's word, however, I have found that the Church is without a doubt true, and we must go on with faith. I have also had the amazing opportunity to be able to share my testimony with many others throughout the course of my mission. I may have faced much opposition, but I can say that that opposition has only strengthened my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am currently a missionary in the South Dakota Rapid City mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I absolutely love serving the Lord and I love the people that I get to teach and interact with. I have had doors slammed in my face and people trying to Bible bash with me, but I have also felt the Spirit of the Lord more than I ever have before. I have been the pianist for the children's organization and have been in various callings in presidencies in the youth organizations and Relief Society, the world's oldest women's organization, as well. I have loved every calling that the Lord has deemed fit for me, and I am so grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way. I know each and every one has come to me for a purpose: to learn. I seek to get as much as I can out of every situation I am in. I know that even the bad experiences are times for learning, and if looked at the right way, are the best times for learning.

What is the Relief Society?

Jaleesa
Relief Society is an organization that is purely for women. Every Sunday in Relief Society there are lessons where women can learn to help build their faith, strengthen families, help others, and gain new and everlasting friendships. It is for those who are 18 years or older. It was established in 1842 by the prophet Joseph Smith. His wife, Emma Smith, was the first Relief Society president. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Jaleesa
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name for the salvation of His children. In other words, it is the power of God that men who are worthy are authorized to act in. Men who hold this power can perform ordinances for salvation, such as baptism. Just like what Christ did, men have the power to help heal those who are sick and lead the people of the Church. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Jaleesa
In a very watered-down explanation, people become members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by being baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost that is promised by God to His children that do the saving ordinance of baptism. Before receiving that saving ordinance, you much first have faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement and also have repented of your sins. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Jaleesa
We believe that because we are in a fallen state, or in a state where we can sin, then we need to have someone who can pay for the effects of those sins and pay the consequences so we can be able to be forgiven and cleansed. Jesus Christ as our Savior took upon Himself the payment for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and, because of that action, can be our advocate with the Father on our behalf. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Jaleesa
First of all, the priesthood is the power and authority of God given to worthy men to act in His name for the salvation of His children. To me, it has always made sense that if we are going to make these very important promises with our Heavenly Father (also called a covenant), then we need to have His permission to be able to make these with Him so He can bless us. The priesthood authority is that power that connects that promise back to Heavenly Father so He can fulfill His end of the bargain. With each covenant, Heavenly Father sets the terms, which we choose to accept of reject. There are promised blessings with each covenant as well, which we must be worthy to receive. Show more Show less