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Hi I'm Jette

I'm a twenty-something. I love Michael Jackson. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Served a mission in the heartland of America-- NEBRASKA!! Graduated from BYU-Provo. I am grateful for Christ because he is my hope!

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon. There have been times when I've seriously questioned leaving this church. When I did try living my life without the standards presented therein, I felt seriously lacking. I cannot deny the light and truth that this church has brought into my life. If I or someone else left the Church because of challenges they faced within, there would be no one left here! I used to live back east where there weren't a lot of Mormons, and I've had experiences there and out west that have built up my testimony. Being a Latter-Day Saint has brought innumerable blessings to my life.

How I live my faith

I've had callings in church that have allowed me to work with other people towards the common goal of enriching the lives of our fellow members and others of our brothers and sisters who may or may not have been believers. It's been a blessing to be able to be so involved in something so good and so much bigger than myself.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Jette
There is no restriction. God is no respecter of persons. In the early days of the Church, there was a priesthood restriction which was in line with the customs of the day, but this was not a practice condoned by God himself. The priesthood ban was lifted in 1978, around the time the effects of The Civil Rights Movement were taking hold. This history still bothers many church members today, especially black members. As a black member myself, I've questioned the reasoning behind it. I know that I don't know the exact answers, but my experiences and testimony have lead me to feel in my heart that this church is true, although the people in it have not always done things that were so. While at BYU, I attended the Black Student Union, and most if not all the students who attend are LDS. They are mostly of African descent, and many of them are from different backgrounds (white, Hispanic, Polynesian, Asian). We all enjoy each other as young adults, as college students, as children of God. I have grown up around mostly white people and am not uncomfortable around them. However, certain things, like the hair, the skin, and the culture, can be easier to discuss with people who are familiar with it, and that often tends to be other black people. BSU isn't a place for students with melanin to segregate, it's a place for those students who feel out of place to find other people who come from similar backgrounds as them so that they can feel more like they're home. Show more Show less