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Hi I'm Jaymee

I'm a college student in Tennessee. I love life and love God. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a second-year college student in Tennessee who has been called of the Lord to serve a full-time mission! I love being outdoors and going on adventures, as well as singing, knitting, and just generally spending time with my friends and family. I plan to spend a spectacular 18 months serving the people of the El Salvador Santa Ana mission and then return to finish my degree at school. I would love to live and work internationally one day and hope to spend my life serving various communities around the world!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that this is where God has called me to be. Towards the end of my senior year of high school, I felt that I needed to spend more time serving my community, so I began to volunteer at a local food pantry in my home town. There, I met and worked alongside two Mormon missionaries. As I became friends with them, I began to wonder more and more about what they believed and why, so when they invited me to begin to take the lessons one day, I agreed. I had grown up in a non-denominational Christian church and I had always had a strong belief in God - as a result, I felt that there were only two outcomes to this "experiment" (Alma 32:27). By meeting with the missionaries, I would find that either God had more for me to learn and I should be following His commands as a member of the LDS church or the church was false, and I would be stronger in what I already believed. I committed to the Lord that I would do as He commanded, whatever that would mean. So I began to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and continued to take lessons. At first, I had a lot of questions, seeking to find holes in the logic and disprove what I could. However, as I continued to read, I felt my heart begin to change and I started to see and understand so many good things about the Book of Mormon. As I read further and prayed more, I began to get very clear answers from the Lord that Books of Mormon and the LDS church are true, and I knew what I had to do. I was baptized in October of 2012 and have never for a moment regretted that decision, despite all of the trials and struggles that have, on occasion, come as a result. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God led me here and continues to lead me every day. He will never leave or forsake us and he has not left us without guidance in these dark days. What a glorious message that is!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by seeking to be obedient to the commandments of the Lord every day. As a college student, I live in an atmosphere where this is not always easy, but I know that following the Lord brings more joy to my life than anything else can. I also currently serve as a someone who helps the missionaries and help to organize events once a month at church. I always seek to find opportunities to serve both inside and outside of church, in both large and small ways. I firmly believe that we can all find some small way to serve each day!

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The simplest answer to why the women of the LDS church do not hold the priesthood is that God has given each of us a different role to play. God places the responsibilities of the priesthood in the hands of the men, but He gives the blessings to all. The priesthood must be used in love for the service of others and all members of the church - both men and women, young and old - are blessed by its power. It is also not necessary to hold the priesthood to lead in the Church, and women lead in many capacities. Women speak in church on a regular basis, lead the Relief Society (the women's organization that is designed to administer help to those in need), and serve as leaders for the Young Women's and Primary church programs. Women have been blessed with their own roles and responsibilities and, while the priesthood is not one of those, they are vital to the church and receive all the blessings of the priesthood as equal partners with the men of the LDS church. Show more Show less