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Hi I'm Jessi

I'm a mother, wife and an admirer of beautiful things. I blog at cherishinghopesanddreams.blogspot.com. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My whole world is my little family. I find no greater joy than when I am serving them. I have dreamed my whole life of being a stay at home mother, and my dreams have come true. I spend my days maintaining our little basement apartment and having fun with my 18 month old son James. My husband is an engineering student and has about a hundred years left in school. We are expecting our second child in the fall and couldn't be more excited! We hope to have a large family and to raise them with the knowledge that Jesus Christ is their Savior and that with Him they are never alone. I also blog at cherishinghopesanddreams.blogspot.com where I record our little family's appreciation for what life throws at us. I love to craft and create and sew and sing and workout, too.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible. Throughout the Bible we learn that there are patterns that God follows of how He teaches His children specific things for their specific day in time. He calls prophet after prophet after each one is rejected for what they are teaching, until He sent His own Son, Jesus Christ to the earth to teach and establish the full truth. But like the prophets before Him, Christ was rejected, too, and the eternal things He taught became misinterpreted over time, so many churches formed based on their own understandings of the misinterpretations. But God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So He called another prophet, Joseph Smith, to do the same thing all the other prophets before him did--to prepare the world for the coming of Christ. He was called to re-establish the church that Christ set up when He was here, and he was given the authority to perform saving ordinances and interpret scripture correctly and bring forth new scripture, like all prophets have been able to do. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I know that he was the instrument in God's hands to bring back the Church of Jesus Christ that we learn of in the Bible, and that since him there has always been a true and living prophet of God on the earth to lead and direct His children back to Him through the unique challenges of the latter days. I am so grateful for this gift, and I know it is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is scripture, with the Bible, and that the two of them together provide irrefutable evidence that Jesus Christ is real and our Savior. I know this because I have prayed to find answers and to know where Truth is. Through the feelings in my heart and in my mind, I know that all of these things are true. Which means they are of the utmost importance to you and to me. I am a Mormon because I cherish Truth and understand the significance of it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to serving others. Through simple acts of service we can not only share the love of Christ, but feel it more abundantly in our own hearts, too. I'm not great at it, but I do consciously try to think of others' feelings and comfort and try to prioritize them above my own. When I'm thinking of others more than myself, I find that I'm really thinking of Jesus Christ the most. He loves us so much and I am eager to answer God's children's prayers by helping them feel that love through the way I treat them. I know that so many of my prayers have been answered this way. I also live my faith by sharing it. I love talking about what I believe! I am part of an unofficial movement that encourages Mormons to talk more openly and freely about what we believe in any circumstance and to anyone listening. If you have any questions, please ask me! I may not know the answer right away, but I will study and search until I find one for you (and for me, since I didn't know the answer in the first place...). Lastly, I live my faith by praying for the courage to do so in a world that doesn't accept the way I choose to live my life. I pray for courage to stand up for the family, to stand up for purity and virtue, to stand up for my Savior. There have been times when I have felt insecure in my choices as they are confronted with what the world thinks is right and popular, but as I pray for courage I feel a peace in my heart that helps me feel confident about my faith and where my convictions lie. I am so grateful that my prayers for courage are answered.