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Hi I'm Jenessa

I'm from California, born and raised. I love to laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Dancing, shopping, going to the beach, reading, and having fun with my friends are some of my favorite things to do. I went to college in Utah and it was some of the most fun I've ever had! I love my family, but something about living with roommates and having all those college experiences helped me really come into my own and grow as a person. My favorite job that I've had so far was as a counselor at a youth conference called Youth for Freedom. It's amazing to see how smart and fun the kids are! They just blow me away. I am now serving a mission and it is the best experience of my life. I am so grateful for the truths that I have been blessed to know.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I've grown up in the Church, I still had to come to know for myself that the gospel is true. It was easy to just go through the motions with my family, but moving out on my own forced me to decide if it was something I was going to continue in. Although there have been bumps along the road and I'm not perfect, I am so grateful for the peace and joy the gospel brings into my life. It gives me the knowledge that my Heavenly Father is ALWAYS there for me and loves me no matter what. Even when I don't understand why something is happening, it is part of His plan and if I follow Him, I will be truly happy. I know that He is rooting for me and wants me to be happy beyond anything I can imagine. I am so grateful for the modern revelation we can receive through the scriptures, the prophets and apostles, and through our own experiences. It's not always easy to live this gospel, but the reward for righteous living is indescribable. Going to Church, reading the scriptures and monthly magazines, and attending the temple are blessings in my life. The Commandments don't feel like obligations, they are opportunities. I know as I watch the world around me that this is where true happiness is found, not just in this life, but forever.

How I live my faith

Some of the things I really appreciate about the Church are all the activities I can choose to participate in. The young single adults often have something going on and it's such a great way to meet people in your area that are around your age and can relate. Things like service projects, dances, sports, and bonfires are a few of the ways we have fun together in an uplifting environment. Now as I'm on my mission I am coming closer to my Savior and learning so much more about our Father and Heaven and just how much He really loves us. It's incomprehendable. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to bring this knowledge to the people of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

I've had questions from coworkers about what I can or can't do. They ask if we're allowed to dance, if we wish we could drink coffee or alcohol, if we have to go on a mission etc. Yes, we can dance! I love dancing. We do however try to keep our dancing clean and show respect while we dance. Ballroom and Latin dancing are my favorite styles of dance. Honestly, I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything by avoiding coffee and alcohol. I feel stronger because I don't have to give in to the addiction of the caffeine or alcohol. And I like to have fun and remember what I did the next morning. I don't want to give up control of my body to a foreign substance. To almost all of these questions, I answer that it is a choice. We don't HAVE to do anything, but if we choose not to go on a mission or to go to the temple we are not fully living the gospel of Jesus Christ. Girls are not obligated to go on a mission the way boys are. We believe it is a commandment for young men to serve for 2 years if they are worthy and their health permits them. Girls have the opportunity to go and their service is appreciated if that's something they choose to do. I know that following the gospel in these things is the way to be happy. I don't feel that my life is significantly different just because I'm a member of this Church. I'm just a person trying to find my way through life. I just have something to look forward to at the end of it. Show more Show less