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Hi I'm Jessica

I am a Registered Nurse, but decided to say home full-time to be with my children. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in Southern Indiana. My mother was Mormon, but my father was not. My three siblings and I were raised Mormon, but were given the choice to attend once we were teenagers. In my early twenties, I decided to become active in the Mormon church. I then graduated from college, moved out west, and started work as a registered nurse. I met my husband soon after. When our first son was born, I decided to stay at home full time. We now have two beautiful boys who keep me busy. I enjoy dancing, Zumba, and playing piano. I have a goal to get my Masters Degree in Nursing in the next few years.

Why I am a Mormon

I decided to become an active Mormon because I kept feeling like I was meant for something more. Although I had a lot of positive things in my life, I couldn't find inner peace. I often wondered what would things be like in the next life, or how my actions might affect it. I finally decided to pray for an answer once and for all. In a simple prayer of "are you there?" I received an answer that changed my life. I woke up feeling I had peace and a purpose. I see so many blessings in my life that have come from a direct result of saying that prayer. I love being able to share my experiences with my family. I love being able to teach my children that we can be a family forever. Most of all, I love knowing that, if I try my best, I will be able to live with my Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in everything I do. Whether it's teaching my children right from wrong or trying to serve my neighbors. I am currently over the young women (ages 12-18) in my branch. This allows me to share the experiences of these girls and help them become more like our Savior. I help organize weekly activities with them and also teach lessons every Sunday. I strive to study my scriptures and pray daily. This allows me to stay close to my Heavenly Father and feel his influence in my life. I also love having daily family scripture study and prayer.

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?

Jessica
I have never felt more celebrated as a woman than I do in the Mormon church. I don't hold the priesthood because I am given other gifts that are rightfully mine as a woman. I am taught and KNOW that I have the important roles of nurturing and compassion to others. Things that come so much more easily to a woman. I use them as a mother and in service to my church. I feel equal to my husband, who holds the priesthood, in our home. We counsel with each other in all family decisions. At church, I share my opinions and suggestions and council with the men in making decisions for our branch activities and goals. As Mormon women, we are taught to celebrate and develop the things that make us unique as females Show more Show less