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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a new mom, a basement crasher, and an adoring wife.

About Me

My name's Jessica. My sweetheart and I were married in 2016 and are proud new parents to our daughter. We live in our parent's basement in Wisconsin and are working hard to make it to our desired career. While my husband works each day, I stay home with our little girl. I recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with a General Associates of Science. I love knowledge and truth. I probably think too much about big things and not enough about what comes out of my mouth on a daily basis. I often struggle with self-worth but constantly work to see my true potential through the loving tutoring of my Savior. I love music and the arts. I also love movies, games, and the outdoors. I try to fill my life with productive activities but often find myself missing the mark. Life is about progress, right? More than anything, I love my family and spending time with them is the highlight of day. I served a mission in Sapporo, Japan and grew up in an Air Force family. Half of my education was on campus and half online. Someday I want to continue my formal education. Till then, I will thoroughly enjoy motherhood and find learning in the ways I can.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, if I ever questioned the truthfulness of the Latter-day Saint faith, my own heart quickly reminded me of all the times I have felt the soft, warm, and tender assurances of the reality of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I have seen miracles. I have seen prayers be answered. I know the gospel works. I have felt the beauty of forgiveness as well as the pain and guilt of sin. Through each experience of life and at the end of the day all I can really say when asked how I feel about it is thank the Lord for another day to try again! Thank God for His mercy and love. I thank the Savior for His sacrifice for me, something I can only begin to imagine when I find it to hard to even sacrifice the smallest bit of my time for another of my brothers or sisters. I thank Him for His patience with me and my incredible weakness and for His even more incredible strength. I am a Mormon because I believe. I have seen evidence of God and evidence that this is His Gospel and organized church on Earth. I know His prophets are called by Him and that they hold the Priesthood authority which is the power that can bring us back to our heavenly home.

How I live my faith

My current callings in the area we live are compassionate service coordinator and as a teacher in the Relief Society. The compassionate service coordinator does pretty much what it sounds like- coordinating the needs of the members and helping them be met. As a teacher, I prepare lessons once a month or so and teach the women on Sunday.

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

Jessica
Mormon church services last for three hours. For many people this is a pretty long stretch but each hour consists of a different meeting with different groups. There is the Sacrament meeting during which all the members meet together to partake of the sacrament, listen to testimonies and talks (speeches) by other members, and sing hymns together. Another hour is Sunday school where generally you are in your age groups to learn from each other and your teachers. The other hour is where you go to classes based on your specific sex and age. This may seem a little strange, but the purpose is to draw from those you can relate to and to solidify the bond between each other. It helps you to get to know those in similar circumstances and this really helps to strengthen you throughout each phase of life as you try to be the best you can be. Overall, church is really fun if you actually want to be there. I've had a lot of time to go to different places and each one teaches the same things but has incredibly different people and personalities. However, every single one has a common love of the Savior and of others. If you go you will be welcomed. In my ward we are very lovey so visitors or new members get quickly used to lots of hand-shakes, hugs, and "please come again's". I'd say never be afraid to show up randomly at a service- everyone will be really happy to see you. Everyone is welcome to come to church, in fact we really love to see new faces. Show more Show less