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Hi I'm Jessica

I'm a Mormon :)

About Me

I am a daughter to two incredible parents and am a sister to five siblings, three brothers and two sisters. I fall in the middle. My family members are my best friends! I have been fortunate enough to have a number of good quality friends, many of which have been my soccer teammates. I love soccer and have played it since I was an infant basically. I also am somewhat of a music junky, simply meaning that I am constantly listening to all kinds of music. Reading is something I enjoy too. I recently got accepted into my college's Bachelor of Social Work Program and am a Junior. I plan to be a social worker specializing in the care of young children and youth. I have spent many hours volunteering and working with underprivileged children. I am taking a sabbatical from my college education to serve as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, assigned to labor in the Georgia Macon Mission. I absolutely love being a missionary!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I have grown up in an LDS home, I regret to say that I was somewhat rebellious in my teen years as I strived to maintain my "individuality." I didn't want to be placed under any sort of label, such as a Mormon, and I fought against it. A couple years back I was at a place in my life where I felt unsure about most everything and desired direction from a divine source, yet I had never believed that my prayers were being heard. It was not until I faced a very personal and deep trial that I undoubtedly felt the pure love that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for me. I remember praying for help one night and experiencing the most surreal feeling of peace and assurance, almost like God was holding me. I no longer felt alone in this trial because Christ understood exactly what I was feeling through performing the Atonement. From then on I knew that I could trust in the Lord. I began trying harder to build upon my relationship with Him--praying and reading my scriptures daily, and attending church and the temple weekly. I discovered my divine identity as a daughter of God and gained a testimony of the power of prayer and scripture study, and of Christ's Atonement and love for me. I have learned what it means to love as Christ loves and have grown from a girl who did not want to be labeled as a Mormon into someone who is proud of her LDS faith and who desires to share the joy of the gospel with others.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by simply trying to be better each and every day through utilizing the Atonement. Through daily scripture study & prayer, church & temple attendance, and service I feel more connected with my Savior. Now I don't do all these things perfectly all the time. That would be nice though, right? I am comforted to know that the gospel is all about progression, NOT perfection. As long as I am continually striving to follow the example of Jesus Christ in my own life and helping others come unto Him through teaching the restored gospel, I am gradually becoming the person God intends me to be.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Jessica
I believe that everyone should serve a LDS mission because it is the BEST, but no it is not required. It is a decision that needs to be made between the individual and the Lord. I encourage those who are considering a mission to sincerely pray, fast, and visit the temple. If you don't feel you've received a definite answer, trust that the Lord is leaving the matter up to the you. You will never regret your service as a missionary. A scripture I turned to often while figuring out whether or not to serve was D&C 4:3, "Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work." I have made the decision to serve a mission because of the joy I have experienced since recently obtaining a testimony of the gospel of Christ. As I have seriously studied the gospel, I have gained a deeper understanding of the principle of divine heritage which allows me to see individuals as having infinite worth and unlimited potential. For me, serving a mission is a way for me to express the love I feel towards my Savior and my fellow brothers and sisters. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Jessica
Most likely everyone at some point in their life has felt the influence of the Holy Spirit. However, as members of the Church, we experience the blessings that come from receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, quite different than feeling the occasional power of the Holy Ghost. The gift of the Holy Ghost is given when a person is confirmed a member of the Church after baptism by someone having priesthood authority from God. In Acts 8, Phillip baptizes many men and women by water. Then Peter and John, having the priesthood, "laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost." When we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, we are given the right to His constant companionship throughout life. The Holy Ghost provides spiritual strength and inspiration. He helps us to recognize and understand truth. He comforts us in difficult times and guides us in making decisions. We can feel God's love and influence more fully in our daily lives through the Holy Ghost. Whether or not we keep this divine gift depends on our obedience to God's commandments. I am so incredibly grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost in my life! It is REAL. The Holy Ghost helps me see my infinite worth as a daughter of God and helps me recognize that God is leading me daily. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Jessica
There was much religious confusion following the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the death of His apostles. Various churches were built up, all of which claimed to have the truth. As a boy, Joseph Smith desired clarity. He recorded, "What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it?" Through studying the Bible, Joseph found that he could ask God in faith and receive an answer (James 1:5). In 1820, Joseph knelt down and offered up a prayer asking which church he should join. In answer to his prayer he recorded, "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me... When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other--This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph. They told him to join none of the churches. None of them had the fullness of the gospel or priesthood authority as established by Jesus Christ. Though each of the denominations may have had partial truths, none of them had all the truths. Joseph Smith's First Vision marks the beginning of the Restoration of Jesus Christ's Church to the earth. The fullness of the gospel can be found today in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less