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Hi I'm Jess

I'm a nurse, wife and mother. I live with depression. I live an "extraordinary" normal life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of four children and the daughter of two fantastic parents. We moved all over the country together while growing up and ended up in Montana. As many members of my family, I have lived with a diagnosis of depression and anxiety most of my life. My best friend/husband of four years and I, recently moved back home to the beautiful Treasure State after finishing our college adventures in Idaho. We are both registered nurses; he works in the ICU with plans of being a nurse anesthetist. I have the incredible blessing to work in labor and delivery. We have a sweet, bright, rambunctious, curly-blonde-haired, blue-eyed two year old girl that is our pride and joy. We have dreams of growing our little family. In my spare time, if there is any, I really enjoy running/playing sports, playing games with my family, trying to be crafty, catching up with friends, and learning new things. We work. We play. We struggle and stumble. We succeed and rise up. We learn and grow. We live our day to day life that may seem mundane and simple. But it's not. We hold something precious that makes our ordinary life something extraordinary in every way.

Why I am a Mormon

My ordinary life is extraordinary because of Jesus Christ. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know it is true. The Holy Ghost has witnessed to me in my heart and soul time and again of the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am painfully aware of how far I fall short of who I am meant to become because of my weakness, mistakes and sin. Like all of us, I am also subject to pain and suffering, including my challenge with depression. Christ's atonement for mankind was equally meant for me. It is the only way I can be healed from the pains of mortality and become who Heavenly Father wants me to be. Heavenly Father loves me perfectly and unconditionally and what he wants me to be is happy. He desires all of His children to have pure joy and happiness. He has provided a way for us to achieve that. The Way is Christ. I have accepted Him as my Savior and I have in turn promised to live my life following in His ways. This is the furthest thing from a sacrifice on my part and I will not apologize for what I know to be true. Living the principles of the gospel has only brought happiness, peace and comfort to my life. I know that the true church of God has been restored to the world by Joseph Smith. I know there is a living prophet of God on the Earth today; Thomas S. Monson. He is the Lord's mouthpiece for our day. I know the Book of Mormon to be true. I believe the Bible to be true as long as it is translated correctly. I believe God's priesthood power is being righteously exercised throughout the world to bless the lives of those living with faith. I have a tremendous hope in the teaching that families can be together forever through the sealing power that comes through ordinances of the temple and of keeping covenants made there. I know Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers. He blesses my family and I daily. He provides evidence of His existence constantly through tender mercies that He exhibits in my extraordinary life.

How I live my faith

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS or Mormon). My loving family raised me in the church and I chose to be baptized when I was 8 years old. I continue to try to live my life according to the principles and precepts taught in the church. My husband served a mission for the church in Central America for two years. We met after his return and were married in a LDS temple for time and all eternity. We are trying to become more devoted and committed disciples of Christ together. I know I have a long way to go because I am far (far) from perfect. We attend our 3 hour Sunday service every week and meetings throughout the week. As a teenager, I attended seminary, a scripture study class, every morning before school. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve in my church many times in many ways. In Idaho, I served as the president of the church's women's organization in that area. Most recently I teach a class of 4 year old children on Sundays. This summer I will be responsible for directing an outdoor camp for the teenage girls which purpose is to help them come to Christ. I visit with women from my church in their homes and share a message of Christ with them monthly. My husband and I try to pray together, individually and as a family daily. We have made serious promises to God to be faithful to one another and consecrate our lives to Him. We give of tithes and offerings. We read from the Book of Mormon, Bible and from the words of modern-day prophets to help direct our lives. We try to ensure our home is a sanctuary from the world. We seek out virtuous forms of entertainment. We do not partake of addictive substances. We try to keep our thoughts, words, and actions pure. We teach our daughter of her identity as a child of God. We strive to be hard-working and honest members of our community. We are trying to become and do as Heavenly Father would have us become and do.