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Hi I'm Jasmine

I enjoy mixed martial arts and yoga. My interests include anime/manga and classic literature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just finished my third year of college. I am currently majoring in English with a literary emphasis and minoring in Humanities and European history. Since I'm more of an introvert, I tend to like things that are hard to do with other people, though I do like to talk to people and have discussions about the themes, characters, and plots in books and shows.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but I do remember at one point in my life, probably in elementary school, when I decided that I didn't want to believe in God. I don't exactly recall why, but I feel it must have been due to my contrary nature and lack of a firm testimony at the time. A lesson had been given at one point about the great statistical improbability of the world being created just so for life to thrive, and I had been convinced that there must be a God. It wasn't until I took a multidisciplinary class on light and sound in conjunction with a drama class that I discovered meaning and purpose to life. These classes introduced to me concepts like absurdism (that there is no inherent meaning to anything), social determinism (that outside forces completely shape human consciousness and choices), and agency (that one's choices are not completely governed by outside influences). I felt there had to be a purpose to life and with that as my premise, it seemed natural to conclude that my actions and choices must have meaning because the only way they could have meaning is because I could consciously choose. Why I remain in the Mormon church is because this church makes me happy; it gives me direction. I'm not easily motivated to do much, especially when it is outside my comfort zone, but I know I have gained confidence in myself and my choices.

How I live my faith

I read my scriptures everyday for roughly an hour. I pray to my Heavenly Father every morning and night. At church, I had been on a few planning committees for activities to do throughout the week; I had even been a librarian at one point, where I would lend out whiteboard markers, pictures, videos, and sheet music, but my favorite calling or job had been as a greeter (basically welcoming people to class). I probably had too much fun with it since I would give out random bits of advice like "When in the pursuit of happiness, one should stop and just be happy" or something silly like "Delight in fatness: it protects your organs" or random Monty Python quotes.