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Hi I'm Jessica

I grew up in Utah, I attend BYUI, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My name's Jessica and I'm 19 years old. I've been at school, studying to become a nurse, but right now I'm taking a break so I can go on a mission! I will be leaving March 13 for the Philippines! I'm so excited. I actually have a sister on a mission right now in Philadelphia. She was a huge part of why I decided I wanted to go on a mission. Unfortunately, I'll be leaving before she gets back so I won't see her for quite a while, but I'm sure time will fly by! I'd have to say the one thing I love the most is my family. I have my mom, my dad, four sisters, and one brother, and I'm a middle child. Of course we don't get along all the time, but when it comes down to it, they're the people I love to be with the most! One of my favorite things to do is travel, (I'm pretty sure I got that from my mom, we call her a travel bug). My favorite part about traveling is experiencing different cultural things. The coolest experience I had with that was when I went to Europe with my mom. We were there during Christmas and New Years! It was so fun to try all their different foods and see how they celebrate their holidays! I also love to play sports! I'm not super great at one in particular, I just think they're all fun...except for maybe baseball! While I was at college I lived right next to a huge park, so my friends/roommates and I would go there all the time to play soccer, football, ultimate frisbee, basketball, volleyball, and whatever else was around.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised a Mormon my whole life! But I have chosen for myself to continue being a member of this church and continue living the gospel because I have a testimony and I know for myself that it is true. I have a testimony of this gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and it is for us in our days! In the past couple of years I've found that I love the scriptures and I love the feeling I get when I read them. As I have gone through hard times and challenges the scriptures have given me so much comfort and strength. I also have a testimony of the atonement. I know that it is real. I know that it is for us personally and that it is through the atonement that we are able to return to live with our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. I know that the atonement can be applied to any instance in our lives when we don't feel peace- that can be sorrow, sin, fear, sickness, or any burden that we might have. Now that doesn't mean Christ will take those problems away, but I know from my own experiences that He definitely can help to lighten them and help us so that we can feel peace as we go through the trial. I know that in the Garden of Gethsemane Christ felt every affliction and every pain that each of us have and will go through. He can related to what we are feeling better than anyone else...better than your parents, or a spouse, a sibling, or a friend. Whatever the trial may be, He wants to help and we can receive that help by applying the atonement and saying, "Heavenly Father, this is what I'm going through and I can't do it on my own. I need You to take it from here." And then we need to trust Him and trust that He is able to take our burdens. I am so grateful to know that I am never alone, that I have a loving Heavenly Father, and that He does care about what I am doing/going through and if I am happy or not. I am so grateful for the happiness the gospel gives me and for my testimony and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen.

How I live my faith

I'm about to leave on my mission to the Philippines and will be serving there for one and a half years! I don't have a responsibility/calling in my ward right now, but last year while I was at BYUI I had a lot of awesome opportunities to serve! In my student ward, (a congregation for the students attending school), I was able to teach the Gospel Doctrine class and wow did that stretch me. I learned so much! My testimony of the gospel became much stronger and as I was pushed out of my comfort zone I learned to rely much more on my Savior. I was also able to serve as the Family Home Evening (FHE) coordinator and with Student Living. Those were really fun callings and I got to know a lot of amazing people. As the FHE coordinator I was able to get to know everyone in my student ward and then put them into groups. These groups would then have Family Home Evening every Monday night where they would have a scriptural message or thought and then do a fun activity afterwords. One of my goals that I've been working on in my ward and neighborhood is to do as we've been asked to do by our leaders and that is to "First observe, then serve." I clean houses for several people in my neighborhood and I have loved being able to get to know the families and being given more opportunities to serve them. I am starting to realize how important it is to "observe then serve" because it's when we observe that we know/see what people really need and how we can best help them.