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Hi I'm Jess

I was born and raised in Hawaii. I love the ocean. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey my name is Jess. I am the fourth oldest of three brothers and two sisters. I have lived in Hawaii practically my entire life and I love it. Since I live on an island, I love anything that has to do with the ocean. I paddled outrigger canoes all through high school and enjoyed every second. I love playing sports, singing, and taking photographs. I attended college in Utah before I decided to come home and prepare to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As I was growing up it was kind of just a way of life. I would go to church every Sunday for three hours and follow the example of my parents. I was told as a young child to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and the leaders of our church because it was the right thing to do. It wasn't until I truly applied what I learned all those years that I began to see the truth and peace that came from living in accordance with the gospel. However, I am a human which makes me imperfect. It is definitely a process to live a Christ-like life. There have been times where my actions were not in line with the views of the church, but I have learned from those mistakes. I was able to see how lost I would be if I did not have the gospel in my life. By living in accordance with the commandments of God, it brings such joy to my life and helps me push through the everyday challenges in this world. It gives me hope for a better tomorrow. Being human we have limitations, but through the Lord we can achieve anything in this life and the life to come.

How I live my faith

When I was enrolled in college up in Utah, our ward was very active. I was in a young single adult ward since majority of us were attending college. We would do a number of can-food drives. We would put on performances for the community either at our chapel or at various occasions. I was asked to be the secretary in the activities committee, so we would plan many different events for our ward as well as community members. Some of our activities included: sports tournaments, dances, and service projects. The main objective of our activities is to help individuals to feel loved, to feel included, and to encourage them to come to church. In our ward every person is given the names of others in the ward and then given the task to visit those individuals at least once a month to just share a spiritual thought and to be aware of the needs of those people. It really gives us a chance to be a friend to those in need and let them know that they are loved.